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Anne Hathaway Brought a Pound of Glee and an Ounce of Melancholy to Last Night's "Saturday Night Live"

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | November 11, 2012 | Comments ()


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Anne Hathaway hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the third time last night, and y'all: She's great. Not necessarily the most gifted comedienne (although, she is quite funny), Hathaway always earns bonus points for effort and zeal, and she threw herself into last night's show, starting with a Les Mis monologue that was modestly funny but brilliantly performed.

I watched that twice, and I don't even care for Les Mis. Meanwhile, there was a touch of melancholy to the cold open. It may be our last sketch with Jason Sudeikis as Mitt Romney, and by all (liberal) accounts, Sudeikis has been the best part of Romney's campaign. OK, and fine: It made me feel a little sadness for Romney, too. Keep chugging that milk, Mitt.

Can we talk about these pre-taped segments of late (I don't want to call them Digital Shorts, because Digital Shorts belonged to Andy Samberg): Whoever is writing them has a deceptively intelligent and kind of dark sense of humor. A couple of weeks ago, we saw a mascot that no one would have at in Times Square, and this week, I give you Mokiki, who is equal parts comedy and tragedy.

If there was one huge highlight that folks will be talking about this morning, it's Anne Hathaways' dead-on impersonation of Claire Danes in "Homeland." You won't be able to watch "Homeland" the same way again.

On Weekend Update, pause the clip right before Seth Meyers' makes a joke about the title of David Patraeus' biography, All In, and try to guess which joke Seth Meyers' will make. You've only heard 100 since Friday, and I'll even increase your odds of guessing by weeding out all iterations of "that's what she said."

On Weekend Update, there was a segment with two gay men from Maine talking about their impending marriage that I wanted to include because I live in Maine, but I ultimately didn't include because it wasn't funny and more than a Mainer, I'm an American. However, Jay Pharoah's Obama segment was pretty amusing.

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  • luckypete

    I actually thought the first sketch - The Girlfriend's Show (or something like that) - was one of the better ones. I was surprised at how well two newcomers held their own in a sketch with just them and Hathaway. They had good comedic timing.

  • John W

    MOKIKI THE HORROR MOVIE!

  • BlackRabbit

    She is awfully adorable. Perhaps..TOO adorable.

  • ,

    Why aren't you people out drinking on Saturday nights?

    I thought I knew your guys ...

  • Mavler

    The Homeland sketch was dead on - kinda like when South Park spoofed Family Guy. I'm not sure Homeland will be as good for me now.

    I thought Anne's impression of Katie Holmes was pretty good and would liked to have seen more. Why was that part of the sketch so short?

  • wojtek

    Ok, but can someone PLEASE explain Rihanna's first performance to me? Was there a memo? Why has no one brought it up? Is it an election thing? Was I hallucinating? I am frightened and confused :(

  • martin

    I'm pretty sure she's a time traveler from the early nineties

  • ZestyItalian2

    I haaaaaate Pharoah's Obama impression. Maybe it's because it's mimicry instead of a caricature, but it just feel so goddamned exploitative. Like it was dreamt up by far-right Republicans.

    Like... the shit with the shoulders? The taunting grin and upturned nose? It belongs on that long defunct Fox News sketch show. The ENTIRE GAG now is that he's black. And the politics ("end the military"? seriously?) are so far off the mark it's scary. SNL is grasping at straws because they've never been able to get a handle on Obama- so they're setting for a shucking, jiving, race-baiting version of him that's more Al Sharpton than Barack. Pharoah should stick to his one-note Denzel Washington impersonation.

    I never thought I'd say it, but bring back Fred Armison.

  • Jt

    Yeah, the Maine bit was terrible, but the Monkiki thing was kind of genius. I loved it. Hathaway's Katie Homes is pitch-perfect but we've seen it.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I like Anne Hathaway. I think she is beautiful and talented. I will see Les Mis. The End.

  • apsutter

    I like her too and I am definitely seeing Les Mis. I love her enthusiasm and how you can tell she's genuinely excited everytime that she's there.

  • Blake

    This + 1000. I love her as well (not sure about Les Mis though).

  • Mrs. Julien

    That song KILLS me, apparently even when it us being sung with parody lyrics, so I will see the movie. Eventually, I haven't been in a movie theatre since the final Harry Potter, but we are seeing Skyfall next weekend.

  • apsutter

    That song makes me lose it every single time. I am fully prepared to cry like a movie when I see the movie.

  • googergieger

    So C.K., "meh, it was better than it should have been"?

    Hathaway, "bitch got game"?

    I'm trying to think of a clever way to say you have shitty taste D-Ro, but I'd feel it'd be wasted on you.

    #boombaby

  • Javier

    what, no mention of Drunk Uncle?, that was a defnite highlight of last night

  • I'm not always a Drunk Uncle fan, but that was well done. I weirdly like that his hat fell off at the very beginning.

  • opiejuankenopie

    You should have embedded that Maine segment if only to share Armisen's truly horrific Maine accent. His woeful Aussie accent from the week before kept creeping in. It was amazingly bad.

  • Pretty Hate Machine

    I truly appreciate the Sunday recap in order to not stay up late watching SNL. I passed out at 9:30 in a taco-induced coma and was able to watch these clips this morning. Everybody wins and no commercials or wading through the worst segments.

  • Sean

    The American Gothic was pretty great. I thought they actually underused Anne. This is the only time I can actually stand her. She is great on SNL. I think they should just give her a dressing room, and let her come on anytime she wants.

  • A solid, not great, episode whose highlight turned to be (of all things) the American Gothic sketch.

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