Steve Martin is the lone member of the 15 time club, yet that wasn’t enough to impress this long-time SNL viewer. I expected so much more. Much like his movie career of late, Martin’s latest foray into Studio 8H was mediocre at best.
It started off promising, and I particularly liked Steve Martin’s comment regarding President Obama in his opening monologue: “If you had told me that even eight years ago, that a competent, educated person would be elected president – wow!
The episode went on to SNL’s latest commercial parody for Chewable Pampers – a concept that I found disgusting and funny at the same time. I think I gagged as I laughed!
From there, it was pretty much downhill. Most of the sketches were just plain unfunny, like “Issues”, with Kenan Thompson as a talk show host that insults all of his guests. I also wasn’t very fond of the sketch with all the girls of SNL vying for Steve Martin’s adoration. The only thing that proved was that those gals can sing.
Now, I did like the latest Digital Short that marked the return of the Laser Cats in “Laser Cats 4”. Best part, hands down, was the ending, a blatant homage to Return of the Jedi.
The Weekend Update was also strong, with Jason Sudeikis reprising the role of Rod Blagojevich, and Fred Armisen once again appearing as New York Governor David Paterson.
I wasn’t shocked that Kristen Wiig broke out another annoying character, Trina, calling for her husband, Thomas. As a result, every time I hear the name Thomas, I cringe.
I quite enjoyed Steve Martin’s banjo number, which was a classic, clever ditty, and reminded me that he is comedy royalty.
The most remarkable part of this episode – Jason Mraz had to be my favorite musical guest of the year so far. The boy is super talented, and he really shone as only few have been able to on that stage. I could have done without Colbie Callait joining him on his second song, though, seeing that she’s the cure for insomnia. I kid you not, I saw her open for John Mayer last summer, and I needed a coffee when she was finished!
Overall, this wasn’t the worst episode of the season, but it was slightly disappointing.
Anyone else agree with me? I’d like to hear your thoughts on this episode.
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