The three-week break since the last, punchless episode of “Saturday Night Live” (with Vince Vaughn) obviously allowed the cast to regroup, as the series picked up where it left off with fantastic episodes from Melissa McCarthy and Justin Timberlake back in March/April. Galifianakis set the tone in one of his signature Galifianakis monologues (smart, nonsensical, hilarious), and the rest of last night’s show fell into a similar groove.
Hell, even the cold open — another edition of “Fox and Friends” with the always reliable comic relief of Bobby Moynihan — was excellent.
It was Galifianakis’ third time as host, and I think probably his best monologue, so far.
The “Game of Thrones” game show was an iteration of that other game show (“Who Am I”?), where white people cannot identify the names of the people who work for them, but as far as one-joke premises go, it was a good joke, plus it was a decent set up for a cameo appearance from Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
The Match.com commercial was good, too, but mostly because it’s fun to hear Martha Stewart talking about banging guys.
“Weekend Update” was perfect top to bottom, from the headline jokes to James Carville to the always hilarious “Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party.” Even Fred Armisen had a good segment on Google Glass, and Fred Armisen never has good “Weekend Update” segments.
The M&M Store sketch was a good excuse for Galifianakis to get away with a lot of racist humor, and for the viewer at home to feel a little guilty for laughing at the racist humor.
I hated the New Balance commercial because … well, I wear New Balances and, well, shut up.
“Darrel’s House” was a sketch in two parts, and while the set-up is annoying, the payoff (featuring Jon Hamm) is totally worth it.
In fact, there’s only two sketches from the entire show I didn’t include (Michael Jordan’s wedding was not particularly good, and the Jennifer Aniston look-alike contest, with cameos from Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper, is not available for embed), so if “SNL” is sitting on your DVR, go ahead and watch the whole damn thing, or wait until the entire episode is on Hulu this afternoon. It’s worth it. Even the musical performances, from Of Monsters and Men, are fantastic, if you — like me — wear New Balance and enjoy pop folk.