After two great episodes in succession (Justin Timberlake and Melissa McCarthy), last night’s Saturday Night Live felt more like the flat, generic episodes that have dominated this season. If you had watched Louis C.K.’s special on HBO beforehand, the episode probably felt even less funny. Mostly, it was just uninspired and half-hearted, and Vince Vaughn treated it more like a promotional obligation than something he wanted to do. There weren’t a lot of highlights to speak of.
That said, I did appreciate the monologue (more than I enjoyed it). Vaughn is best when he’s in full-on banter mode, even when that banter is largely one-sided.
If you like Bill Hader’s Pacino impression, there’s plenty of it in this commercial for a series of biopics starring Pacino. The impression is great; the commercial is not.
Easily the best sketch of the night was History of Punk, a “Behind the Music”-like documentary exploring a Johnny-Rotten-like punk rocker whose affection for Margaret Thatcher derailed his career.
The Brad Paisley/LL Cool J segment on Weekend Update discussing “Accidental Racist” was great, as were the always reliable Seth Meyers’ headline jokes.
The only other sketch worth mentioning was Last Call, the same sketch that ended Louis C.K.’s episode. It is suitably gross for the final sketch. It does not, however, measure up to Louis C.K.’s version.
There was a sketch that didn’t make the show, and it’s probably the second best of the night (and easily better than the Pacino commercial they used instead). Here’s Bathroom Cobra.