Jay Pharoah is one of the most talented impressionists around, he’s black, and Fred Armisen is terrible. So, who continues to be the Obama impressionist? Armisen, of course. I’ll save you the trouble of watching the Cold Open by not including it.
I’ll also save you the trouble of watching Ed Helms’s opening monologue because it isn’t yet available on video (the full episode will be available on NBC.com at 1 p.m. EST). The entire monologue is devoted to story about how Ed Helms liked to baton when he was six, and then, he spends 15 seconds twirling badly. It’s really not worth watching.
As for his hosting stint? It’s like he showed up on Thursday to prepare; he’s only in a smattering of skits, most are bad, he botched his lines frequently, and he’s completely wasted in all of his appearances. The highlights are scarce, and I’m only including the first one reluctantly.
What Up with That
I’m including this not because I like it (because I cannot stand this recurring skit), but because I have to include some highlights and because some of you inexplicably enjoy the painfully repetitive nature of this skit. The only part that I like consistently is Jason Sudeikis dancing in the track suit. Other highlights: A Buckingham twist, and Paul Simon’s Botox is so bad he’s incapable of smiling.
Ambiguously Gay Duo (Must Watch of the Night)
Strange, the first appearance of the Ambiguously Gay Duo in four years. It was worth the wait, if only to see the real identities of the Gay Duo. I’ll give you a hint: Haaaaaaam. (Also, dude! Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, and Ed Helms in a “The Daily Show” reunion of sorts.)
Seth Meyers’ Weekend Update Highlights
There were three (3) overly-long segments in Weekend Update this week, and they were all terrible. The good news is you can skip them and watch only the headline jokes here.
Well, it’s short. So, there’s that.