Stumblin' Rudd Fantastic

By Dustin Rowles | TV | December 12, 2010 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | TV | December 12, 2010 |

The political cold open was unusually spot-on this week. It still had Fred Armison doing his horrendous impression of Barack Obama, but they managed to do a decent job of both criticizing Obama and the reasoning behind the tax cuts for wealthy Americans.

The Cat Cuisine commercial was ... disgusting. But amusing.

I think this was the second appearance from The Kissing Family (and I don't recall if the first appearance was a Rudd hosted show). "SNL" often goes for the cheap shock value in seeing two men kiss, but last night they took it to new levels. I've never seen so much tongue in all my life.

The idea behind the gameshow, "What's That Name" was funnier in theory than in execution, but it was still fairly amusing, and the direction was not entirely expected. More like this, "SNL":

Bill Hader returned with another impression of Julian Assange.

Stefon's segments on "Weekend Update" are starting to grow on me. The thing is, I can't tell if Hader is supposed to be giggly because he's high, or if he is just cracking himself up. I hated it when Horatio Sanz did it, but it works well within the context of Stefon's character.

Here's Abby Elliot's Meryl Streep at the "Ice Show at the Garden." I fucking love Abby Elliot, and was pleasantly surprised by how often the newer cast members were featured last night. Jason Sudeikis was barely in the show last night, and Kristen Wiig was not in nearly as many skits as usual. I'm liking the new cast members better than the old right now.

And speaking of new cast members, the best of the bunch is Jay Phoroah, and he was on again last night in this Field Trip skit, which starts off slow but picks up right about the time horse rape is mentioned.

Paul McCartney was on last night, too. His main highlight was in the Digital Short. His musical performances were weak.

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