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Steve Martin and Martin Short's 'SNL' Features the Best Sketch in Years

By Dustin Rowles | TV | December 11, 2022 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | December 11, 2022 |


This was supposed to be a transition season, but it’s only December and after last week’s episode and this week’s, SNL has turned in two of the better episodes of the last few seasons.

Cold Open — The open this week is a song, “Block It All Out ‘Til Christmas,” is about how we can all put our worries aside until Christmas, and much of that has to do with not worrying about Elon Musk, SCOTUS, climate change, etc. Yeah, OK. Fine. (Watch Here) (Score: 5 out of 10)

Steve Martin Short — Steve Martin makes his 16th appearance as host, to Martin Short’s third. Martin and Short are exactly as fun as they always are: Five minutes of banter at each other’s expense, including dueling eulogies for one another. This monologue goes out to all the fogies who didn’t know who half the guest hosts have been this year. Great stuff. (Score: 7.5 out of 10)

PBS Kids: Science Room — Short and Martin are the 17th dual hosts of SNL, but the first since Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in 2015. Here, Martin and Short play Mr. Science and Dr. Science, and they are dealing with idiot children who give very inappropriate answers until the teachers lose their shit. This is not the first time they’ve done this skit; it’s better this time because it’s Martin and Short. (Score: 7 out of 10)

Please Don’t Destroy — One of the guys mentions his ex-girlfriend, and the two other guys talk shit about her for a few minutes, and then we find out that they’re getting back together and everything spirals from there. (Score: 7 out of 10)

Train Car — A group of passengers (in the ’50s?) head to Buffalo for the holidays to see snow, and they’re really, really excited about the snow. It’s a silly sketch, but there’s an absurdly funny twist. (Watch Here) (Score: 5 for most of it, but 9 for the twist)

Santa AND Pringles — A bunch of kids meet with Santa (Martin) to tell him what they want, while the Elf (Short) rants and yells because kids are entitled little shits. “I want Taylor Swift tickets.” Elf: THEN GET A JOB. (Watch Here) (Score: 6.5 out of 10)

A Christmas Carol — Scrooge wakes up on Christmas morning having already met with Future, Present, and Past, and he’s excited about starting his new life as a good person. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s the first 10 out of 10 I have given maybe since Pete Davidson’s Dead Poet’s Society. I loved it. It’s also the Mat sketch of 2022. (Score: 10 out of 10)

Weekend Update — Lots of great groaners this week, but most of them are terrific. Ego plays Maryanne Fisher who has some very aggressive holiday shopping tips (watch here). Kurt and Deb from Wyoming talk about how they improved their sex life, which entails Deb (Chloe Fineman) doing impressions of celebrities in bed. It’s terrific. (Score: 8 out of 10)

How to Treat Your Man with Minky Carmichael — Tips for how to treat your man from a talk show that originally aired in 1992, so it’s comically sexist until the women start talking about Minky’s weird penis. It was a mediocre sketch for this episode, but it might have been one of the better sketches in another episode. (Watch Here) (Score: 4.5 out of 10)

Father of the Bride Part 8 — Three decades, and seven divorces later … I love these movies, and I would absolutely watch this, and HOLY SHIT. The cameo twist. I won’t ruin it. But ha! (Score: 8 out of 10)