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Last Night on "SNL": Matt Damon Blows His Brains Out and Alec Baldwin Apologizes to Himself

By Dustin Rowles | TV | December 11, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | December 11, 2011 |

Last night’s “SNL” had a few decent moments, but none had anything to do with host, Katy Perry, one of the worst and least talented hosts the show has had since Tom Brady. She was not only bad, the cast had no idea what to do with her, which meant another episode hogged by Kristen Wiig. I agree with the overwhelming consensus on Wiig: I like her a lot, but she’s worn out her welcome on “SNL.” That said, she had two good moments last night, the first with a Drew Barrymore impersonation in a New Year’s Eve parody commercial that had a few other notably good impressions:

It’s been a terrible season so far for Digital Shorts, but Andy Samberg delivered maybe the best one of the season so far, and I don’t feel bad about spoiling the (awesome) Matt Damon cameo in it because there’s a second cameo that’s even better.

It was bizarro world on Weekend Update. The Headlines fell flat, but the three segments all rocked, and my favorite was actually the second amusing performance from Wiig last night. Mileage may vary, but I loved this:

Alec Baldwin also showed up to address his American Airlines controversy; Seth Meyers was smart to stay out of it because it is both funny and extremely douchy, which is to say: Typical Alec Baldwin.

And, of course, Stefon showed up. Obligatory:

Bill Hader has undeniably been the star of this season of “SNL,” but what happened to Jason Sudeikis? He used to dominate the show along with Hader, but this season, he’s barely around. Is he just riding out the season before he quits? He showed up in the last skit of the night, and sang. And he can sing well, and it’s noteworthy enough to embed a skit that also featured Katy Perry (if you stick to the highlights on this page, you can otherwise avoid her).

Finally, Robyn was the musical guest. I had no idea who she was, and my wife told me she was a 90’s one-hit wonder of sorts, a Scandanavian pop star who was popular around the time Ace to Base was popular, and that she’s inexplicably had a come back thanks, in part, to unexpected critical success. I thought my wife was taking the piss. Then I watched the performance.

She was not taking the piss.

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