Scoring Last Night's Josh Hutcherson Hosted 'Saturday Night Live': Come for HAIM, Stay for the F**king Turkey
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Scoring Last Night's Josh Hutcherson Hosted 'Saturday Night Live': Come for HAIM, Stay for the F**king Turkey

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | November 23, 2013 | Comments ()

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Cold Open — Taran Killam’s Piers Morgan kicks off the show with a slightly edgy, and mostly funny indictment of George Zimmerman, George Zimmerman’s girlfriend, Florida (and its police department) and, uh, the founder of Men’s Wearhouse, George Zimmer (that last part probably should’ve been excised). Kate McKinnon is the fetching highlight. (Score: 6/10)

Josh Hutcherson Monologue — They go with a Hunger Games open, beginning with Kate McKinnon’s FANTASTIC Effie (and wow, that was an impressively quick transition from the last sketch and into her Effie outfit). Not a hugely successful monologue, but Hutcherson is actually charmingly self-deprecating (and way likable), especially about his Hunger Games’ character. (Score: 5/10)

The Girlfriends Show — I’m not even sure what this recurring sketch about, what the point is, or why it exists. But I do know it’s very bad, and that I hate it. (Score: 2/10)

Mr. Patterson — One of the new guys, Beck Bennett, shows off a new character: He’s a highly successful business executive, who has the body of the baby. The impersonation of a baby while he’s trying to figure out his movements is so uncanny that there’s no way this guy doesn’t have a newborn at home. It is perfect. The sketch is OK, but the impersonation is solid. (Score: 7/10)

Subway Dancers — A pre-taped segment in which Jay Pharaoh, Hutcherson, and Kenan Thompson have perfected the art of confined B-Boy dancing on a crowded subway train. The idea is funny (kind of), but the sketch decidedly is not. (Score: 3/10)

Weekend Update — An edition of “Weekend Update” unusually heavy on headlines, with only one guest. The headline jokes themselves? Eh. Great Road Runner joke, and an awesome Beiber punchline. (Score: 6/10)

The Worst Lady on an Airplane — You’d think that by now every joke about terrible airline passengers would have already been told, and you’d be exactly right. (Score: 3/10)

I Don’t Want to Lose Your Love Tonight — A description could not do it justice. It’s impossibly low-concept, and absolutely brilliant. Love. (Score: 9/10)

Josh Hutcherson - Josie Sketch (Your Love… by IdolxMuzic

NOT THESE GUYS AGAIN — It’s Moynihan and Strong’s recurring characters, in which they call out all their co-workers because they think they’re about to be fired. Actually, it still works. Hutcherson is terrible in the sketch (I mean, terrible), but Moynihan and Strong are great. It’s probably the best recurring sketch going with the existing cast, which I realize is not saying much, but Taran Killam’s death stare and the guy who eats Garfield’s ass are pretty great. (Score: 7/10)

The Nightcrawlers — The weekly esoteric Kyle Mooney sketch is not as good as previous installments, but it’s a fine sketch, although they always feel completely out of place on SNL. Dude needs his own 12-minute weird-sketch show on Adult Swim. (Score: 6/10)

Animal Hospital — I don’t know what it says about Hutcherson that his best performance tonight was as a gay, Southern office assistant in a Vet’s office, but the sketch continues a strong second-half for the show. Southerners will most certainly recognize versions of these people, while those that do not will probably hate this sketch. (Score: 7/10)

Bugs — No. (Score: 2/10)

Thanksgiving Dinner — Hutcherson’s character brings his new girlfriend home for Thanksgiving, and she’s a Turkey. A f**king Turkey. It’s so incredibly dumb (so, so dumb) that it actually works. (Score: 7/10)

Haim — I didn’t know a lot about Haim before the show tonight, but they were terrific. Good music, great vibe, neat performances. Naturally, Twitter seems split between those that loathe them, and those that adore them. I kind of want to marry tem and raise impossibly hipster daughters who are gorgeous despite their terrible hair. (Score: 9/10)

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • John Q

    Disagree with your view on Girlfriend Talk Show, Bryant is great. Why the heck isn't Nasim Pedrad on more?

  • e jerry powell

    So maybe Beck Bennett has been using his AT&T commercials for research?

  • mb

    I cried, yes, CRIED with laughter during Bugs. I have no idea why, but it worked for me.

    And I enjoy HAIM's music, but think they're kind of awful live.

  • AvaLehra

    "...but Taran Killam’s death stare and the guy who eats Garfield’s ass are pretty great."

    Well, now I have to see that clip.

  • Enrique del Castillo

    The best part of that I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love sketch? It's not from NBC's website so I can actually watch it in my country instead of waiting six months for it to be on a cable channel, at 1AM of a Sunday, with no repeats at any other time.

    Yes, I'm bitter that I can't even watch mediocre episodes of SNL

  • St

    Seriously. I don’t understand why NBC has to hide those clips from any non-american viewer. What is the point? Do they show SNL in any country at all? Where are you from? What will NBC lose if they will show SNL clips? XFactor USA has no problem and shows their clips on Youtube. Voice is not blocking anyone. Yet SNL is always forbidden.

  • Enrique del Castillo

    I live in Peru; only one channel has SNL (Sony; which used to be the better TV channel in cable here) at 1AM on Sunday. It is really dumb, since it is just one channel and one showing of the show, they lose nothing by allowing us to see one clip (and it's not like they are available once the episode is shown here).

  • AudioSuede

    If it makes you feel any better, that particular sketch is blocked in the US too for copyright reasons. Another reason why NBC Universal is the worst.

  • Sean

    I Don’t Want to Lose Your Love Tonight was my favorite. Especially last night. I had just came home from the bar. Where a good friends band was playing. The same basic band formed in his garage 31 yrs ago with me, and a few others. We played that song back then. And he still plays it now. I had told him last night it was time to retire that one. Then came home to see that sketch. For some reason, I loved the turkey sketch. Bayer's performance sold it.

  • kimk

    Yeah, I can't say it was fall down laughing funny, but it was so clever and good-spirited that I think it made it the sketch of the night. Not a regular viewer of SNL, nor a particular fan of the Hunger Games, but all in all I thought it was a pretty good outing.

  • I was wondering what y'all would think of the Bugs sketch and you surprised me with such a low rating. That was the second best sketch of the night (Don't Wanna Lose Your Love was definitely #1) and I laughed so hard I cried. It was so dumb it was fantastic. Maybe I'm in the minority here...

  • AudioSuede

    Mike O'Brien has been criminally underused this whole season. The man's a gem.

  • Sean

    I too liked the bugs sketch. And I hate bugs.

  • Skyler Durden

    I couldn't make it more than 30 seconds into HAIM. They are so incomprehensible, this could have been an SNL-style parody of an incomprehensible band.

  • DeaconG

    Is the turkey drinking Wild Turkey?

  • Patrick Garcia

    I think everything that Cecily Strong does is great. But, I also maybe in love with her.

  • I could watch an episode comprised of nothing other than Moynihan and Strong making fun of various co-workers. I have an irrational love for those skits.

    And HAIM rocks. I usually don't dig that type of music but their album is fantastic.

  • Sean

    I would like to see them do the actual cast members. And Lorne. Just imagine them on Keenan! Or Nasim.

  • The sketches were mostly too weird and unfunny, but I was really surprised by Hutcherson. I thought he'd be super awkward and terrible, but he turned out to be funny with the good stuff they gave him (the singing and the Animal Hospital which were the only two I laughed at) and damn, he's just so adorable and likable it's hard to say anything mean about him.

    I liked the first musical performance (and might get the song) but the second was just forgettable. At least they seem to have fun performing, even if they just mumbled everything. Why is everyone always mumbling?

  • MrONegative

    Yea, I couldn't understand why they played Don't Save Me instead of Forever or Falling.

  • Stephen Nein

    Twitter seems split between those that loathe [HAIM], and those that adore them.

    Twitter is full of psychopathic men whom can't handle attractive women with talent, attitude and the frustrating inability to fuck psychopathic men.

  • AudioSuede

    I mean, you're not wrong about Twitter, but I mostly dislike HAIM because on record they sound like Wilson Phillips and live they sound like an amorphous blob of tired retread pop-rock with an extremely undercooked garage influence. Those songs could have been performed by The Black Keys or any other popular male rock group, and they'd still just be deeply uninteresting songs.

  • kirivinokur

    I guess that's one way of dismissing people you don't agree with.

  • Stephen Nein

    Oh, sweetheart . . Unlike some of the 'music' acts that perform on SNL, HAIM was obviously acquainted with the western tonal scale, could count to 4, and knew how to shake it. They're not my type of music, though. But they were worth appreciating.

    But let's move on to some of the tweets that Alabama Shakes got when they performed on SNL just a few months ago . . and That's one reason of dozens that Twitter is a cesspool of psychopathic males.

  • kirivinokur

    One way of dismissing others would be to call them psychopathic men and another would be to just insinuate that they're stupid/slow by starting off a response with "oh, sweetheart".

    I don't even disagree with you as far as HAIM's music goes. But to hint that you can attribute people's dislike of the band primarily to men being threatened/psychopathic really ignores that idea that maybe people don't always agree on music, sometimes pretty passionately, whether the band's made up primarily of women or of men.

  • Enrique del Castillo

    The worst thing I've heard about them was one of the Sound Opinons podcast guys saying that people like them mostly because they are attractive women. I hated that review, specially since thad podcast is usally pretty great.

    So yeah, you are right...but it's not just on twitter

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I would say Twitter's problems go beyond just men. I think it's that it's given a platform to every single asshole out there to voice their inane thoughts. Then again, I don't have an account and I'd rather fuck Gary Busey than get one.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Gary Busey could teach you things...

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  • pajiba

    Let's give folks some time to watch it before we start dissecting it. Look for something on it tomorrow.

  • MissAmynae

    Thank you!!

  • Guest

    I guess I'm an overachiever I've seen it 3 times already. 1 in the theater twice via alternate sources,

  • bubblyduckey

    I know I've been avoiding anything about it because I'm going to see it tomorrow night in the movie theater. Thanks for holding off :)

  • Erin S

    Maybe it's because I was an awkward girl in middle school/high school with a much cooler best friend, but I love Girlfriends Talk Show. This one wasn't as good as the others with the cool, potential-replacement-therefore-mortal-enemy friends, but I still enjoyed it. Plus Keira's creepy old boyfriend stories make me laugh every time.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I thought HAIM was Shania Twain the first time I heard them on the radio.

  • AvaLehra

    Wilson Phillips v 2.0

  • So this the is second best episode of the season?

  • pajiba

    That's a sad thing to contemplate, but yeah, I guess it may have been.

  • Ok, there seemed to be a lot of 5/10 grades and above to escape without further comment.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I turned it on during the first HAIM performance. I think they have something, though I couldn't understand more than 2 words of what that something is. And 4-12th grade me says, shut up, that hair is no fuss no muss, doing exactly what Mother Nature programmed it do: sit there and be hair.

    Haven't made my way through all the skits yet, but if Peeta managed to nail the Southern gay vet's assistant, it's probably because it's the most clearly defined not-him character. There is no middle ground. It's so much easier to go completely out there as a character than find subtle distinctions for generic white guy. Especially if they aren't in the writing.

  • MrONegative

    Those girls are insanely talented.

  • HerringGull

    How far below "genius" is "insanely talented". The gap looks enormous. We need to sort out our adverbs or just stick to "talented", I could agree with that.

  • tjedison

    Is this clip an example of their "insane talent"? I hope not.

  • tjedison

    Thought it was just me: I couldn't make out a single lyric. And why is the bass player always so angry?

  • el_mediocre

    It's like she had to give someone The Gas Face and got stuck.

  • Sean

    Because she is a terrible bass player.

  • Jezzer

    "I kind of want to marry tem and raise impossibly hipster daughters who are gorgeous despite their terrible hair."

    Ugh. Let hipsters die out, like God intended.

  • Stephen Nein

    There are always hipsters, fool. Beats, Hippies, Punks, Glams, Valleys, Grungies, Hipsters. The names and kids change, but there always seems to be some irritating youth sub-culture for all the straights to hate on.

    But I do admit, fixies really do irritate the fuck out of me. Who wants to ride a bike without a freewheel or gears?

  • Bert_McGurt

    Or brakes! For Christ's sake, slap a caliper on that motherf*cker!

  • JustOP

    Anytime I read/hear/see the word fixie bike, it always reminds me of this:

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