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Last Night on "Saturday Night Live," The Writers Hung Jennifer Lawrence Out to Dry

By Dustin Rowles | TV | January 20, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | January 20, 2013 |

Jennifer Lawrence is 22 years old. She’s a two-time Oscar nominee, and she’s as likable and personable as anyone in Hollywood, and maybe the weirdest A-list actress since a young Angelina Jolie. She’s in prestige pictures, and good franchises, and while she’s become tabloid fodder, she doesn’t play into it. She’s terrific, and should’ve been the ideal host for a sketch show like Saturday Night Live.

Unfortunately, despite a month to come up with material, and the best week in months for current events ripe for mockery, Saturday Night Live’s writers failed their host and their audience last night. It was a bad show; not embarrassingly bad, just boring and uninspired. Puns, people. SO MANY PUNS.

Except for the Lumineers, there really weren’t any highlights last night, but here are the 5 least awful sketches of the night, plus the monologue. The monologue, actually, had a weird way of bringing out the Miley in Lawrence; that’s not a flattering thing.

I laughed maybe twice at B-108 Morning Show, an obnoxious early morning FM talk show featuring a host (Lawrence) who’s mad rhymes, to the frustration of her co-hosts, didnt actually rhyme.

The Starbucks Verismo ad was obvious, but semi-amusing, except for the fact that the writers behind it clearly don’t go to the same kinds of Starbucks as the rest of us, because corporate though it is, the baristas at the Starbucks I go to are still more hipster-y than sassy black stereotype.

In the Hunger Games Press Conference, the two recurring jokes were how hungry the press members are and how short Peeta is. That’s the best they could do?

Top Chef Dog — a cooking contest featuring dogs — should’ve been the sketch of the night, but it was weighed down by terrible puns.

Finally, the parody ad for a Hobbit trilogy that’s been extended to 18 episodes had the same sense of humor you’d see in, say, email forwards from your uncle.

The night wasn’t a complete loss, however. Seth Meyers delivered a few decent jokes during Weekend Update.

More importantly, The Lumineers were outstanding. I typically don’t pay much attention to the musical guests, but I saw these guys open for Old Crow Medicine Show last year, and they blew me away (they joined Old Crow with a rousing encore of The Band’s “The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down” that disturbed the topsoil in three states).

Here’s Hey Ho

and Stubborn Love.