Last night, Russell Brand discussed the ordinariness of his marriage to Katy Perry, yelled for lack of anything funny to say, and God Bless the guy, tried to put the entire “SNL” cast on his back and carry the show. Brand gets an A for overzealousness, but with few exceptions, the entire episode crumbled under the weight of futility. But that didn’t stop Chris Brown from trying to dance his way through Rihanna’s restraining order and back into her heart.
Russell Brand Monologue
Brand’s monologue was fantastic, if you love listening to British guys mistake comedy for yelling. I don’t know if the guy is sober now or something, but I think he’s overcompensating with volume. Maybe he doesn’t realize he’s actually mic’d. Otherwise, it sounded like one of Ricky Gervais’ lesser routines. The marriage bit was pretty funny, though.
A personal injury lawyer that specializes in Spider-man: The Musical lawsuits had potential, but The Onion already took this story its its hilariously illogical limits with this headline: “Nuclear Bomb Detonates During Rehearsal For ‘Spider-Man’ Musical.”
Recurring skits are rarely as good the second time as they are the first, but this one — where Kristin Wiig reprises her Cheryl Bryant character — tops the original, if only for the hilarious montage of past winners.
The biggest highlight of the night was this trailer for the fake British movie, Don’ You Go Rounin’ Roun to Re Ro’, which sums it up for everyone that’s ever needed subtitles to watch a Guy Ritchie flick.
Chris Brown may very well be a very bad person, and he doesn’t even try to disguise the fact that he’s lip-syncing this number. But, man, this number — and the dance routine that went along with it — rocked.
Weekend Update’s Stefon
Finally, I leave you with the night’s last highlight, Stefon, who I disliked in the beginning, but like a joke that’s told so often it becomes absurd, the man has grown on me.