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Though not every sketch plays, human ray of sunshine Chance the Rapper delights in a solid episode that leans into its host's silliness and even gets a few spooks in.
I've always found that Chance's unabashed homerism for Chicago hits me in unexpected ways. And as opening-monologues-as-songs go, I'll never object when the host is an actual musician.
While this return episode is not as good as his first time hosting back in Season 43, Chance still functions as a really good host for those same reasons.
Though there may not have been as many inspired moments as there were during Chance's first big show, he exhibited the same joy and playfulness that made his first visit a success.
Chance is more than capable, and the show used him often. There's a lot of positive here. I just wish, like a lot of you, that the show would resolve its political crutches and cameo addiction.
As a comedic actor, the Rapper is not without some chops. But he's simply not well-suited to live comedy. That didn't stop SNL from having him back, so it's unlikely it'll keep him from hosting again in the future.
Chance seemed to have a blast at every second, a genuine fan... It might not have taken a lot to make him break, but that's much better than seeing a host stare dead-eyed into the cue cards, praying for the sweet release of death.
I genuinely had a big, dopey smile on my face through most of this Halloween episode, something all too rare for a recent Saturday night.
Powered by Chance the Rapper, tonight's show had no real duds, as Chance led the cast through a series of sketches where even if not every joke landed, general exuberance carried them through. That said, many jokes landed.
The sketches themselves weren't always top notch, but Chance the Rapper and the cast as well as some accidental charm made them go much better.
He is short-torsoed, goofy-legged joy, goodness and quickness in a Chicago Teachers Union sweatshirt, a lyrical professor, and a kid excited just to be back at the show. He was also the most charismatic host yet of Saturday Night Live season 45.
OK, Chance the Rapper is a delight.
It's ironic that Chance the Rapper monologued about all the things that are second-best, because his second turn as host of Saturday Night Live was a vast improvement over his first.