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Last Night on "Saturday Night Live": Needs More Muppets

By Dustin Rowles | TV | November 20, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | November 20, 2011 |

The first half of last night’s “SNL” was a rousing success, with appearances from The Muppets (in a brilliant signing monologue), Paul Rudd, Governor Jon Hunstman, and Seth Meyers’ “Really?!” with Kermit the Frog. Every skit and commercial in the first half hit, and the episode looked as though it might go down as one of the rare classic “SNLs”. Unfortunately, the second half of the show took a giant crap in its own pants. With the exception of a Andre the Giant impression from Jason Segal, the entire second half was miserable, unfunny, and dull.

Still, the first half was great, starting with The Muppets monologue:

The Mitt Romney cold open was good, too, and if Mitt Romney somehow wins the election, the show is going to have to find a way to keep Jason Sudeikis for another four years.

The Kemper Pedic Bed commerical is the reason that, even though the Muppets were on the show, it’s still not suitable for children.

The Kissing Family is difficult to watch, but Paul Rudd’s cameo makes it totally worth it.

The Weekend Update jokes were decent last night, but “Really?!” with Seth and Kermit demonstrated that, on the rare occasion, “Weekend Update” can show the same political self-righteousness that “The Daily Show’ exhibits every night.

Jon Huntsman wasn’t actually funny on “Weekend Update,” but it was kind of neat to see him on the show.

The miserable second half of the show featured another terrible “Digital Short,” notable only for the way it completely wasted an Olivia Munn cameo.

Finally, here’s that Andre the Giant impression.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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