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Despite some lackluster sketches, SNL's first episode of 2019 is redeemed by an unexpectedly warm roast of The Mule by Pete Davidson and John Mulaney.
In a word, it was fun.
SNL's season cannot be saved with a Mule appreciation alone.
Kenan truly does crush it this episode.
Hands down, I'd say this is my new favorite cold open of the season.
I would watch a stand-up special with Pete Davidson and John Mulaney riffing on movies so fast. Their presentation of Clint Eastwood's The Mule is outstanding.
It feels like more anger than jokes.
[Mulaney and Davidson's] natural comfort and chemistry is off the charts, unlike anything SNL has seen in some time.
Stale as a Crave Case full of week-old hamberders.
But first, they felt a need to discuss Davidson's real-life battles with mental health.
Comedy isn't meant to solve everything, but it can sometimes be exactly what's needed.
McKinnon charms, as usual.
It appears 2019 will be more of the same when it comes to the show's lazy political content, as this was yet another cold open that seemed to equate satire with basic reference.