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SNL first-timers Claire Foy and Anderson .Paak deliver a solid, risk-averse episode that's heavy on surprise guests, welcome or unwelcome.
Overall, this is a solid, safe first-time episode for Claire Foy... As for first-time musical guest Anderson .Paak., while the pairing seems strange on paper, both "SNL" newbies make a good first impression.
The host, Claire Foy of The Crown didn't make too much of an impact except for occasionally giving the writers a fun, posh British accent to work with.
Cecily Strong especially was good, and she likely would have been the individual MVP if it wasn't for all of the fine comedians coming together in the end for the perfect holiday message.
It's also nice to see someone like Foy hosting SNL because, to be completely frank, she's not what Driver, Hill, Schreiber, Seth Meyers and Steve Carell are - a man.
The show's just not working tonight... The veterans haven't brought anything exciting to the proceedings in a long while.
Did you think, the only problem with recent episodes of Saturday Night Live was the absence of this brilliant impression? Well, if you did, you got your wish. Also, re-evaluate your life choices.
[Foy] played a variety of straight roles that allowed the cast to deliver some of their silliest and funniest performances of the season.
A solid episode... There's hope in these sketches, but no feelings of certainty.
Regardless, [Foy's] subtle-but-strong turn as host, a handful of hilarious sketches and two dynamite performances from Paak made this the best episode of the season thus far, by far.
While [Foy] doesn't steal the show, she proves herself a decent supporting player and understands the mechanics of a joke well enough to get some laughs.
Though Baldwin, Stiller, and Armisen joined SNL for the cold open, rap superstar Kendrick Lamar's energy stole the show as he joined musical guest Anderson .Paak.
SNL either didn't cater this episode to Foy's talents, or those comic talents simply weren't there to begin with.