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Scoring the Andrew Garfield Hosted 'Saturday Night Live': Charming and Overeager with a Healthy Side of Emma Stone

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | May 4, 2014 | Comments ()


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In last night’s episode, Andrew Garfield really, really wanted us to like him, and for the most part, he succeeded.

Cold Open — In light of his recent racist comments and subsequent lifetime ban from the NBA, former Clippers owner Donald Sterling explains how he plans to make amends. Bobby Moynihan takes the Sterling role, and they hit all the high notes with some expected jokes delivered in expected ways, but I laughed seven times, which is seven times more than I’ve laughed during a Cold Open in months. (Score: 6/10)

Andrew Garfield Monologue — And here’s the expected Emma Stone cameo (one of a few). Emma Stone is there to offer support and advice to Garfield, and basically steals the entire monologue. That said, I do really like Garfield, even if his enthusiasm is off-the-Fallon-hook (it’s particularly egregious during the end-credits at show’s end, where Garfield essentially begs to come back, but it’s endearing because he’s handsome and famous). (Score:7/10)

Stanx Ad — An undergarment that, uh, holds in your farts. An OK idea, very poorly executed. (Score: 4/10)

Celebrity Family Feud — This episode of Celebrity Family Feud sees American and international musicians like Justin Timberlake, Adele, Shakira and Bruno Mars face off in the category, “Something You Do When You Get Bored.” The Fallon-level enthusiasm works well here, as Andrew Garfield as Justin Timberlake is perfect. Absolutely perfect. Keenan’s Steve Harvey impression also never fails to crack me up, either. Everything else about this sketch is terrible. (Score: 5/10)

Oliver Twist — Deirdre, a pushy, chattering, sassy full-grown woman wrecks Oliver’s “could I have some more” speech with her own, “No. Really. F*ck those guys. I‘m the one that needs more.” Eh. (Score: 5/10)

The Beygency — A shadowy underground organization chases down those who slight Beyonce, with perfect cameo appearances from Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub. Sketch of the night right here folks. (Score: 9.5/10)

Weekend Update — After a three-week break, Colin Jost came back with renewed determination, enthusiasm, and material, and he was just as bad as before. Poor bastard. It’s all the smugness of Seth Meyers, with none of the charm to offset it.

Olya Povlatsky — Olya Povlatsky stops by the Update desk to discuss the Ukrainian attack against Russia and quote her new favorite show, Full House. Eh. One good line: “I have an HBO GO password. I’m not an animal.” (Score: 4/10)

Leslie Jones — I have no idea who this woman is, but I think I might love her. (She’s actually one of SNL’s new writers). “Can a bitch get a beef bowl.” Amen. I think we’ll end up seeing more of her. (Score: 8/10)

Jebediah Atkinson — The sneering 19th century critic takes on the Tony nominees. Taran Killam completely blows a line and makes the best of it. He also goes low with a Lincoln assassination joke and a feline AIDS joke, but it’s pretty great. (Score: 7.5/10)

Spider-Man Kiss Scene — Filming kissing scenes for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was harder than it looked for Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. It took a lot of takes because, uh, they don’t actually know how to kiss (with hilariously gross results). Only two people who were actually together in real life could pull this sketch off, and Garfield and Stone do it splendidly. (Score: 8/10)

Wedding Dinner — Garfield plays a guy who tries to break up a marriage during the dinner party and it goes horribly awry. Eh. (Score: 4/10)

Bird Bible — Rerunning an old ad? Did Kyle Mooney not have anything this week?




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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • Catfish

    "I laughed seven times, which is seven times more than I’ve laughed during a Cold Open in months."

    So very, and sadly, true.

  • I thought he was just adorable, and that goes a long way to making a show enjoyable. Beyagency was hilarious, too. Now I'm scared that someone's gonna hunt me down for not liking her very much either. MrFig and I were DYING at his Timberlake impersonation, but the one that sent us over the edge was the Spiderman sketch. Holy shit that was amazing, and it made me love them both even more.

    But am I the only one who had NO idea he was British?? Just blew my (overly tired) mind.

  • VladT

    What the hell did she do to herself? She was damn near perfect in Zombieland. She looks sickly and emaciated now.

  • Melissa

    Olya is my favorite Kate character, she cracks me up every time

  • HelloLongBeach

    Leslie Jones doing slavery jokes about self worth and calling out basketball players. perrrrrrrrrrrrfection!!!

  • dizzylucy

    Taran's Russel Crowe on Celebrity Family Feud killed me.

  • The Les Mis song was perfect!

  • APOCooter

    Not gonna lie, I'd purposely fuck up every kissing scene with Emma Stone even if she was my real girlfriend.

  • Thought re-running the Bird Bible ad was odd. Was looking forward to some last five minute weirdness or at least another Ex-porn stars skit with Andrew and Emma. Also despite several sketches with multiple cast members no Vanessa Bayer this week. It's like they can use Bayer or Pedrad in a show but not both.

  • Guest

    they posted a bonus sketch online from mooney and partner. it was pre-taped, so otherwise it was too long to tack on the end of the show, or it was worse than usual.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Bayer was in The Beygency briefly, wasn't she?

  • Yeah she was in the start of that. I guess I mentally blocked out the pre-recorded stuff. Still the only time she was on stage was during the closing credits.

  • LL

    Chris Martin was the highlight of the kissing sketch. Great timing and delivery. I also never knew his voice sounded exactly like Marvin the depressed robot.

  • TacoBellRey

    Can a bitch get a beef bowl indeed. Did anyone catch Taran saying that as he rolled away from the desk?

  • _Alexander_

    While Emma Stone is a treasure I am much more interseted in discussing the last episode of Orphan Black. Seriously did you guys watch this!? How amazing was it? And so brutal

  • Also, Michiel Huisman is just going to be in all of the dramas now.

  • _Alexander_

    He is a lucky man. And I have to admit despite just five minutes of screen time I really liked him. He seems much more interesting and has more of a personality then Big Dick Paul

  • Bad Superman

    Garfield has no butt in his Spiderman costume. Whilst an underdeveloped gluteus maximus is a classic Englishman trait, it makes me think there's a great deal more footage of stuntmen in the movies than we realise. In the film, notice that whenever he is in the suit, but without the mask, he is only shot from the waist up.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    I think your theory needs further analysis. Lots of analysis. And I bravely volunteer myself.

  • You'll need a research assistant. I VOLUNTEER.

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