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Last Night on "SNL": Never Underestimate What a Terrible Comedic Presence Daniel Craig Can Be

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | October 7, 2012 | Comments ()


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Let me just say this at the outset: Last night's episode was awful, easily the worst of the new season, and one of the worst in recent memory. However, there were three things that made the night not as horrible as it otherwise should've been: 1) Weekend Update was hilarious, and Seth Meyers clearly had a great time mocking the debate, 2) although the skits she was in were not particularly great, Kate McKinnon was, and she's the best new addition to the cast since Taran Killam, and 3) Daniel Bond is an absolutely terrible "SNL," host, and a terrible comedic presence, but the fact that he tried was actually kind of endearing. He's like the lame Dad that you love, but whose jokes make you groan.

Let's get to few highlights:

The Political Cold Open, expectedly, covered the debates. It was bad, although I liked the way they depicted Mitt Romney ("he's just making up stuff"). The gist was that Obama's mind was wondering because he forgot to get Michelle a anniversary present, and because of the thin air in Denver. The Romney lies were pretty fun, though.

NBC has not yet made the monologue available and, for good reason: They're probably trying to protect Daniel Craig's career. It's too bad they didn't withhold his first skit: It basically epitomized Craig's hilariously awful performance last night. So, so bad:

Craig did all right with a pre-taped segment -- little known Bond girls -- mostly because he got to play Bond.

Easily the highlight of the night was Seth Meyer's update jokes, his Winners and Losers, and the appearance of Big Bird, who couldn't be bothered to be funny (for political reasons), but it was fun to see him all the same.

Finally, I will include this Daniel Craig sketch just to show you how far Craig was willing to degrade himself for a laugh, and though he failed to get any actual laughs, I really applaud the effort.




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  • lowercase_ryan

    Really the best weekend update in a long while for me. They kind of wasted Big Bird, but the image of Joe Biden greased up and psyched to the gills before the debate will never leave me.

  • Pajiba Commenting Name

    Kate McKinnon is so f'ing good.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Yes, Weekend Update was the best.

    However, I blame pretty much all of the terribleness on the writing. I thought Craig was hilarious as the construction worker, who was supposed to be terrible, and wondered if the visuals from that would prevent Mrs Julien's stays from ever again bursting at the sight of him (unlikely). Craig committed - too bad there wasn't anything worthy of his efforts.

    Both the opening monologue and the annoying Bond girls video were good ideas that were poorly edited. The death montage needed to be much punchier, with way more deaths included, and the Bond girls needed to be less obviously those actresses playing other characters, and more those actresses given all-new, terrible Bond girl names, failing to break out of the caricatures of their characters.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    So glad I missed this so my image of Daniel has not been soiled.

  • John G.

    It felt like my grandfather got lost in New York and ended up on SNL. It wasn't just unfunny, it was physically painful.

  • AudioSuede

    Even though you forgot Bobby Moynihan's hilarous "kitty cat" bit and vastly underrated the "Forgotten Bond Girls" sketch, I mostly agree with this rundown. Last night's episode was pretty bad, and Daniel Craig, while he committed to his routines admirably, was stilted and stuck too closely to the cue cards. And that "Regine" sketch was almost as bad as last year's "Crab" sketch; so unwatchably awkward.

    Shameless plug: My wife and I did a podcast about last night's episode. You should check it out: http://thisthepodcast.wordpres...

  • Melissa

    That was such a bad episode

    And was it just me, or was it super short, as well? After the final song, there is usually one or two more live sketches, but they replayed an old commerical(the one with the random asian guy) and then cut straight to goodbyes. It was very strange.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    That ad was funny, but yes, a repeat. They must've decided on an eleventh hour cut.

  • Rocabarra

    I haven't read this article yet as I haven't yet seen the episode, but I feel I need to leave this excellent clip here...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Anne At Large

    That was my first thought, and my main reason for hope. But to be fair, he was playing it straight and that's why he was so funny.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I can live with Daniel [sex] Craig being awful on SNL. Heck, I'll live with Daniel [sex] Craig even.

    And now I have to repair my stays.

  • bunnyfish

    I don't know what you are talking about - Big Bird told a joke. "It was a thinker." My grandma is gonna love it.

  • Layne Alexander

    I can't believe you didn't include Kate McKinnon as Cecilia Gimenez, the elderly Spanish painting "restorer" who went rogue on a 19th century fresco of Jesus. My husband and I were in tears. "I say, Jesus, why you look like a shark? And Jesus say, 'I think it'd look cool.' I say, ok - they're going to say I'm a bad painter - but ok."

  • Rocabarra

    I too was in tears. Easily one of the funniest things on SNL in the past few years!

  • Even Stevens

    Out of curiousity, how come there was no recap for the Mick Jagger/Foo Fighters episode last week? Or did I miss it somehow?

  • That was a rerun of last year's season finale. Here's the recap: http://www.pajiba.com/tv_revie...

  • Even Stevens

    I'm such a dope

  • Even Stevens

    Well, we'll always have the promos. Those were funny, at least.

  • Natallica

    I think his awful performance is a revenge to what they did to him on that header picture. He looks like a wax figure modeled after the faint recollection the artist had of Craig's face, mixed with a picture of Vladimir Putin he used to fill in the blanks in his memory

  • SabrinaHatesDisqus

    "Putin Irons His Pants" would be a nice addition to the "Action Putin" photo series he has going on.

  • Putin would never iron his own pants. A shark's pants, though? Yes.

  • Natallica

    No, no. Putin would force the shark to iron his pants. And the shark would LOVE it

  • And then - explosion.
    Shark dead; Putin Pants ironed; world manliness levels over 9000

  • Natallica

    *Cue to sexy yet soulful song sung by the Russian equivalent of Adele*

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