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Highlights from the Rachel Brosnahan Hosted 'SNL': Pete Davidson Returns (with John Mulaney)

By Dustin Rowles | TV | January 20, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | January 20, 2019 |


Cold Open — The show kicks off with Deal or No Deal hosted by Kenan’s Steve Harvey (and SNL is about to lose Kenan, sadly). The Deal or No Deal is over the government shutdown, and while the sketch is not particularly good, Kenan is. Meanwhile, both Trump and Nancy Pelosi are mocked, and while one might consider the take on Pelosi over the shutdown to be shitty and unfair, I’m just glad to see that Pelosi/Schumer have enough power now to be worthy of mockery. An Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez impersonation even ranks on SNL now! (Score: 4 out of 10)

Rachel Brosnahan Monologue — Brosnahan is a gift, and I adore her. The monologue, meanwhile, is a song (along with a couple of cast members) about trying to have fun in 2019 (“Let’s have fun!”), but bad real-world events keep putting a damper on it. It’s OK! Not great! But also not bad! (Watch Here) (Score: 5 out of 10)

Action 9 News — An earthquake hit a social security office while a bunch of people were trying to change their names, which is basically just an excuse to devote an entire sketch to people with dumb names (like Mark Peanus, Alan Hitler, Ivan Gergenoff, Holden Tudiks). It’s very dumb, and very juvenile, and I laughed more than I’m willing to admit. You’ll like this one Mat (but despite the juvenile humor, it is NOT appropriate for the kids) (Score: 3 out of 10 (but secretly 7 out of 10))

Leave Me A Lurn — An ad for an urn that women can use out in the world to avoid small-talk with men. Funny idea, but the execution isn’t as successful. (Score: 6 out of 10)

Millineal Millions — A game show where millennials can win money to pay off their students debts or fund their social security if only they can listen to a Boomer for 30 seconds without interrupting. It’s much harder than you might think. The host (Kenan), a Gen X’er, just “likes to stand aside and watch the world burn.” (Score: 7 out of 10)

The Raunchiest Miss Rita — A Marvelous Mrs. Maisel parody with Leslie Jones playing a waitress who just yells profanities on stage. There’s an OK idea here, but there’s absolutely no substance behind it. We don’t even know what Leslie says because it’s all bleeped. (Watch Here) (Score: 4 out of 10)

Weekend Update — Both Jost and Che drag Trump for the shutdown, and it feels like more anger than jokes. The jokes they reserved for, uh, Buzzfeed, which gets creamed. Meanwhile, Kate McKinnon dramatically boosted Elizabeth Warren’s presidential prospects with her impersonation, and I kind of want to vote for McKinnon’s version of Warren. Otherwise, it’s a fairly decent “Update” until Pete Davidson and John Mulaney come along and boost it with a brilliant commentary on Clint Eastwood’s The Mule. (Score: 8 out of 10)

The Obedient Husband — Leslie Jones plays an author offering advice to married couples from her book The Obedient Husband. It’s basically just Jones teaching other women how to train their husbands like literal dogs, and male cast members impersonating dogs. (Watch Here) (Score: 4 out of 10)

Kool Aid — This parody of the Gillette toxic masculinity ad using the Kool-Aid man is a really good parody, but also not particularly successful. It minimizes and makes fun of the Gillette ad, which is what parody is supposed to do! But it also minimizes the message in the Gillette ad, which kind of stinks. But as a pure parody, it’s very good. (Score: 5 out of 10)

Ken Doll Instagram — A focus group comes up with captions for a Ken Doll’s Instagram photos. The focus group is very bad. It doesn’t work. (Watch Here) (Score: 3 out of 10)

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