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Jonah Hill triumphantly joins the Five Timers Club in an installment that hits more than it misses and proves SNL is at its best when it takes its political satire seriously.
SNL's take on cable news can be surprisingly pointed, and last night's sketch was unafraid to present Fox News as a malevolent force.
Fantastic premise. I may have snort-laughed at Aidy Bryant's pratfalls, which means it's either really funny or it's really late and I'm delirious from all the bad local political ads.
All captured perfectly here, this still felt recycled from older efforts right down to the terrible-review pull quotes superimposed on the ad. All in all, a bit too similar to many of SNL's efforts along these lines to generate big laughs.
There is much to like about this week's Saturday Night Live, much to learn if you happen to be a future guest host or musical guest (or Executive Producer).
Aidy Bryant's Sarah Huckabee Sanders is not a great character, but the concept here - that the White House press secretary would need a sleeping pill so strong that she violently passes out - was rather brilliant.
While most of the cast was pretty evenly represented throughout the night, Aidy Bryant stood out to me thanks to her performance in the political musical and the HuckaPM medicine advertisement.
The writers couldn't resist taking a friendly Fox News-ified dig at their absent Trump, calling him a "disgraced former actor-seen here molesting a young boy scout," before flashing an image of him and Adam Sandler in classic SNL sketch "Canteen Boy."
Even though a sense of deflation could be felt for the show's back half, Hill's confidence as host, along with a string of sharp political sketches and welcome cameos, combined to make this by far the strongest episode of the season.
There was a certain elegance to the way SNL kept weaving themes through its political material tonight, with jokes about Trump's "caravan of scary brown people" terror tactics, and the importance of voting on Tuesday reinforcing each other throughout.
Jonah Hill's induction into the Five Timers' Club is a worthy one, and the hit-to-miss ratio might be the highest of his five shows.
The show, overall, hit it just in the middle this time - being quite funny at some times, but not as funny as their last episode with SNL veteran Seth Meyers.
While the promo ads gave us an awkwardly stone-faced Hill - a man deep in the throes of a career reinvention as a director of Serious Art - host Hill jumped right back into comedy mode without skipping a beat.