Saturday Night Live recap: Kristen Wiig returns to host last show of 2020
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Once again on the injury, dear Coneheads, looking back on another SNL. Welcome to the live Christmas show on Saturday evening, moderated by Kristen Wiig and featuring the musical guest Dua Lipa. Tonight is Wiig's fourth appearance as host of the show after a long stint as a star that made her a star. Previously, she hosted the SNL at Home finals in May. And Lipa was the musical guest on the show in February 2018, playing her hit “New Rules”, followed by her ballad “Homesick”.
SNL has a long history of Christmas episodes, but with all things until 2020 this one will be a little different. For one, Jim Carrey announced today that he will not return as President-elect Joe Biden. This opens up some possibilities for the show - will Alex Moffat be given the opportunity to be cast as future 46th president? Could Jason Sudeikis Return? Darrell Hammond ?! Kate McKinnon?!?!
Speaking of McKinnon: She is ready to start filming a new project in early 2021. The question remains, how long will they, Aidy Bryant or Cecily Strong be on the show.
Joining me tonight are THREE former cast members who experienced rock firsthand on December 30: Denny Dillon, who is currently appearing in A New York Christmas Wedding on Netflix; Siobhan Fallon Hogan, who recently wrote and produced her first film RUSHED with Robert Patrick; and Victoria Jackson. You know all too well about the sometimes difficult, yet successful, transition from SNL to Hollywood.
But let's focus on the show's worn holiday traditions. Dillon recalls, “I remember the first time I did a sketch with Eddie Murphy in my season's Christmas episode. David Carradine was the host, and we were homeless eating Kentucky Fried Chicken complaining about the fact that the Colonel had died. The sketch too. "
Fallon Hogan recalls: “I remember Steve Martin coming to the table reading aloud - from all kinds of scenes - and he was pure class. He was fun and nice. I was still so new and he made it his goal to compliment me on a scene. We did a great musical number with Steve and it was a riot. I particularly remember Chris Farley really getting into it and Steve getting a big kick from him. "
It will be interesting to see SNL tonight comment on the upcoming holiday, which already feels so different and strange than any other year before. In her vacation plans in the age of COVID-19, Dillon said: “I am very sure. My partner and I will be sharing an Italian feast with two other ladies and eating together over Zoom. The hard part will be handing over the garlic bread. "
It's Saturday night friends, let's dive in!
Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) receives the COVID-19 vaccine on live television. Lauren Holt plays his wife, Karen, who doesn't speak. He looks like "Puffy AF" and did weightlifting in his garage like Kevin Spacey of American Beauty. Mikey Day managed the shot.
Maya Rudolph returns as Kamala Harris. She won more votes and beats the current vice president. And heyo - Moffat appears as Biden. It is deeply cathartic for an actor to portray the President ... for the first time in years! They joke that Mario Lopez will one day play the role - go to the AC Slater! (He's having an amazing year!) I'm all for it. Moffat appears to be channeling SNL George Bush from the mid-2000s. Anything is better than Fire Marshall Biden.
We get our obligatory grotesque Rudy Giuliani, played by McKinnon. Shot. Anyway, Kenan Thompson is back as Ben Carson. Not a ton of these jokes ends up, it's just a gallery of pop-in performances with no story. So, Biden aside, SNL / Colin Jost keep talking on the phone with those cold orifices.
Wiig regards SNL as his home and is happy to be at home during the holidays. She reminds us that this is the last show of 2020 - and that she had twins! She assures us that after the end of this year everything will be back to normal. She makes it difficult for her assistant Glen. She then distorts the lyrics from "My Favorite Things" by The Sound of Music. Rudolph accompanies you on stage - a funny bridesmaid reunion! They also appear together in Bless the Hearts, one of the most underrated animated shows on television right now.
McKinnon participates. Denny Dillon predicts, “Kate McKinnon is likely to start her own comedy planet with her own unique creations. I cried and laughed at her Kellyanne Conway. "
Fallon Hogan says, “I think Kristen Wiig is funny. I've never worked with her before but I know she's from Upstate NY like me, which is what I love. She is from Rochester and my sister attended Nazareth College in Pittsford. That's why I spent a lot of time bombing Rochester in my early twenties. I loved Kristen in bridesmaids. I found her performance fun, specific, and inspired. "
And we have a recurring sketch! Mindy Grayson (Wiig) is back. And Thompson's Grant Choad is returning to host, not Bill Hader. On November 19, 2016, Choad Bill Haders replaced Lyle Round as host. A "phone message" from Round stated that he had retired and that Choad was "the first to host a black game show".
McKinnon joins Wiig as another slurred celebrity who botched the show. She is Austrian. This is your standard plan screwing up pointers like "trimming the tree". Eh? Fun fact: the first Secret Word sketch was released back in 2009. I think this is the 10th gig.
Victoria Jackson says, "Kristen makes this old movie star - brilliant."
"I have a robe." It's Christmas morning and the whole family (Bennett, Chloe Fineman, Kyle Mooney) is having a fantastic day - great gifts, lots of fun. But the poor mother (Wiig) internalized her pain. Even the dog gets great gifts. (Is that Chloe's real dog ?!) It's deadly sharp, funny, and well watched.
Victoria Jackson says, "My all-time favorite, the Christmas sketch where mom is getting a robe. I can relate. All mothers can. Funny, smart, catchy, and perfect."
It's a wartime talent show for the 174th Division. Wiig is the stage nurse that Bowen Yang chooses for a cheeky duet. You hit the choreography while things are falling into insanity. Lipa joins them - it is a steady step for the show to include the musical guest in sketches. All right. It's random and surreal. I think I can see what they were up to here, but it feels so cut off. How shorted the premise. Props for the trouble anyway. "Break it now, yeah."
A teaching season 2
Andrew Dismukes can "barely read" - nevertheless he tries to seduce his teacher, Mrs. Williams (Ego Nwodim). She doesn't have it. "God, I hate children."
30 years at home alone
Melissa Villaseñor is Kevin McCallister. And Wiig is Brenda Fricker from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. The premise is that he is very rich and does not notice the suffering of the "dove woman" with whom he has become friends. Harry (Mooney) and Marv (Day) try to steal Kevin's credit card. So Wiig loses it and murders the wet bandits. This results in Villaseñor making the iconic screaming Macaulay Culkin face perfect. It's fun to see so many current SNL cast members masquerading as multiple former SNL hosts here. Somehow the show resisted including a Trump reference here.
"Don't start now" - Dua Lipa
"Don't Start Now" is a song from Lipa's second studio album, Future Nostalgia. The song will be nominated in three categories at next year's Grammys: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance. Strong 80s disco vibe here. Fallon Hogan recalls the musical guest on their Christmas episode: “I loved James Taylor and grew up with his music, so everything was just idyllic. New York was so beautiful at Christmas. "
"This is the last weekend update when Donald Trump is still in office," proclaimed Colin Jost. He decides to show a montage of Trump's best moments in office for Semisonic's "Closing Time". Terrible how far we've come. Michael Che introduces Smokey Robinson (Chris Redd), who went viral this week and mispronounced Hanukkah. Then his neighbor Willie (Thompson) comes to discuss the vaccine. You kill both of them. Finally, Landis Trotter (Heidi Gardner), an Instagram influencer, shows up with her Christmas gift guide. "Use the code: OldPeeple for free shopping." This is a brilliant abolition of social media hucksters and their aloof corporate partnerships. Gardner never fails on these update comments. "I have to say this because they give me the money ... fwee stuff and brag about people ... I'm a moneymaker now." Scalding! And it turns out that Che sponsors content too.
It ends with Jost and Che making jokes at each other that they have never seen before. This is always a holiday treat. "Whoa, that's pretty racist Colin!" Bro humor perfection. It ends with Jost being forced to joke about his wife Scarlett Johansson, who plays Sammy Davis Jr. in a movie. Wow - I'm dying.
Whoville - the morning after
This is a continuation of the classic Grinch story. And in a stark twist, Mr. Grinch (Pete Davidson) seems to have overslept after his infamous vacation redemption - um, his heart wasn't what grew three times that night. He thanks the Who parents (Day, Wiig) for the memories. The children are rightly confused. That feels wrong! The show loves her childhood nostalgia send-ups.
Aunt Sue - COVID-19 surprise
Punkie Johnson, Bennett and Villaseñor greet Holt, who is at home for a surprise visit. She managed to overcome COVID-19 to see her beloved Pops. However, her aunt Sue (Wiig) can hardly contain herself. As you all remember, Sue is a nervous, excited woman who is constantly overwhelmed by the idea of surprise. There is serenity and chaos. Pop (Moffat) safely returns from Coinstar. Sue, as is her way, vomits and spits a word. Finally it crashes through the window. She returns at the mention of the family's Christmas ham, emerges through the chimney and destroys the tree. This is the way.
"Levitating" - Second Dua Lipa
Lipa said "Levitating" is the first song she wrote that felt like she had everyone on board with the concept of the album. Here's a tidbit: When she wrote it, "I felt like I was in Austin Powers," she wrote on Twitter. As such, this is a very funky jam with a 60s flavor and performance.
-Thanks to the SNL cast who weighed in tonight! What did you all think? Weigh below or vote here.
What do you think of the Kristen Wiig SNL Christmas episode?
- THE "SNL in Review" experience (@SNLinReview) December 20, 2020
- Many of the actors were MIA in this episode. Denny Dillon shares, “All of these ladies are wonderfully talented comedy actors. My analogy of being at SNL is like a lion jumping through rings of fire in a circus. You can move forward with confidence. I think after LIVE TV and the pressure of this show, as a performer you can do just about anything. Maybe even brain surgery ... Aidy Bryant has a sweetness that she adds to all of her characters, which is disarming. "She summarizes," I'm a huge fan of Cecily Strong; I think she's incredibly funny in everything she does and can't wait to see more of her. "
-Victoria Jackson weighs in on that show tonight was "excellent. Wiig was excellent. Sketches are super fun." She likes the balanced hits on both sides of the political aisle: "You poked fun at a couple of Democrats! Equality."
-Siobhan Fallon Hogan has this advice for the cast of the show: “You will have opened many doors because of your time there - and pray that good old NYC will open again! On the way out or when you come back, leave an extra large tip for your next waiter in NYC! “Go to RUSHED when it's out folks!
-Wiig was definitely a game tonight, even if some of the sketches fell flat - she really seemed to enjoy playing with this cast. Overall fun vibe.
- Solid episode for Lauren Holt and Andrew Dismukes that is fun. And Kate McKinnon had a strong first half. See you all in 2021!
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