The second guest was Manti Te'o (Bobby Moynahan). "I became suspicious when she called me and told me she was dead." The final guest was Jodie Foster (Kate McKinnon) and clearing up her semi coming out. There wasn't anything remotely resembling funny to quote from it.
Tonight's Host: Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer looked a tiny bit "deer in the headlights" walking out on stage, which is surprising considering her mega stardom, but this is her first time performing on live TV. Any fears were soon put to rest as she did a funny Tommy Lee Jones bit with Bill Hader and followed it up with an equally funny smackdown of her Oscar rivals.
The fake Starbucks Home Brewing system commercial featuring built in don't give a damn urban barristas programming was funny. Bring the Starbucks experience home!
Up next Girlfriends Talk Show with Morgan and Kiera(Aidy Bryant/ Cecily Strong). The 3rd wheel this time is the new coolest girl in school Jesse (Lawrence). She's in a punk band. Thankfully this recurring skit was kept short because it flopped like Tony Romo in a clutch game.
Naturally a Hunger Games skit was in order. This focused on the post game press conference. Brilliant idea. Especially the golf reporter who was just filling in for one of the regular Hunger Games beat guys. "Did you have a chance to speak with your fellow competitors after you won, and if so, what was their mood?" They're ALL dead! "Really?? Is that unusual??"
Fake Lord of the Rings commercial announcing Peter Jackson has split the remaining 2 movies into 18 sequel movies. Moderately funny, not being a LOTR guy.
A visit to Johnny Two Tone's throwback diner featuring intentionally rude waitstaff. One waitress (Lawrence) really didn't grasp the sarcasm aspect of the deal. But she really enjoyed tearing the soul out of her customers. Sadly the skit ended on a rather flat sight gag. They almost had something brilliant there...
Musical Guests The Lumineers performed Ho Hey.
Weekend Update opened with a combo Lance Armstrong/Manti Te'o joke. Greatness. Secondhand News correspondent Anthony Crispino (Moynahan) paid a visit. "Did you hear the Golden Globe went to Fargo? That film didn't even come out this year!" No, that was Argo. "Pretty sure they said it was Fargo..."
There was no second WU guest.
Top Dog Chef on The Dog Channel (think: Planet of the
The best and only (not to mention whitest) hip-hop morning team of "Richard and The Buffalo"on B108 (Killiam/Moynahan) in Shackopee, Minnesota were next. Side kick Busty Rhymes (Lawrence) can't rap. News Anchor MC Jigglebutt (Vanessa Bayer) is a female Les Nessman. Funny, but hasn't the dysfunctional radio bit been done?
The Lumineers performed Stubborn Love for their encore.
The voice dubbed 1975 French art film Danielle was next. It featured Lawrence as Danielle. As with all 1975 French art films, everything was a double entendre unless it was a direct proposition for sex.
The nights final skit focused Ken Burns style on the love letters between a Union soldier (Tim Robinson) and his sweetheart (Lawrence). Her prose was that of the Civil War era. His of the American Pie "Stiffler" era. Lawrence almost broke character laughing after flubbing a line, but trudged thru like a trooper. The skit was funny overall.
As a Rookie SNL Host, Jennifer did above average. But the show felt a bit off kilter. I have a feeling there was some sort of technical foul up that caused them to scramble. There was the missing 2nd WU guest and the unusual 1 skit and go to break after Girlfriend Talk Show. If that's the case, even more kudos to Miss Lawrence for pulling it off.
I give it a solid B.