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Steve Buscemi and his Pedostache Stink Up the Joint in this Week's "Saturday Night Live"

By Dustin Rowles | TV | December 4, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | December 4, 2011 |

Last night’s “SNL” featured Steve Buscemi as “host,” and by “host,” I mean a supporting player in most skits. And for the most part, the skits were terrible. I want to call it one of the worst shows of the season, but there was one skit and two musical performances that damn near redeemed the entire episode, that made suffering through the other 75 minutes completely worth it. We’ll start with the skit, a skit that only works with Steve Buscemi. You’ll see why:

I don’t typically include musical performances among the highlights, but the show was otherwise weak overall, and The Black Keys made it rain riffs.

There were two other better than average skits: Sex Ed Couples Therapy and a kooky Christmas Tree ornament skit that ended the show and, again, took wild advantage of the fact that Steve Buscemi looks like he should live in a windowless van.

Weekend Update was not at its best; despite the fact that Herman Cain announced his resignation only yesterday, the jokes still managed to be stale. However, Bobby Moynihan had one character in a Update segment that didn’t make me want to hurl him through plate glass: Drunk Uncle.

And, finally, because someone, somewhere apparently likes the MIley Show skits, I’ll embed it, too, but mostly because Maya Rudolph showed up to remind me why, despite the fact that I think she’s great, she was always an unbearable, overload presence on “SNL.”

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