‘SNL’ Season 47, Episode 4 Recap: Jason Sudeikis
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Former cast members have a super power that other hosts don’t: they get it. Skit comedy isn’t just about going on stage and trying to be funny. You gotta share your focus, straight dude, hold on for a laugh and hit your signals. After being on the show for ten years, Jason is going to give SNL all that. But in a way, it increases the degree of difficulty. If you have a host who can do it all, you better be funny. And this week they delivered.
Best impression of Biden
James Austin Johnson continues to impress with his Biden impression. (“I wasâ¦ what’s the word I’m looking for? ‘Lucid.'”) Sudeikis arrives with her Biden from eight years ago and immediately gives a massage and a sniff to today’s Biden. The third one we get is Alex Moffat’s March 2021 Biden, although neither the public nor the other Bidens know why it’s there. The impression of James’s Biden should be more acclaimed. While previous incarnations polarize based on your appreciation of Joe Biden, who can deny that James has Biden’s ways?
After rocking a blue velvet costume at the Emmys, Sudeikis steps out for her chocolate velvet monologue. I am a big proponent of sticking with what works. Jason ends his monologue by explaining how inspired people are by comedy at SNL. Maybe I don’t know much about Jason, but is he becoming Ted Lasso?
Best front line
“You know I don’t study this painting all the time, just periodically.” Mike and Cecily return as our awkward science students in the “The science roomâSketch, but with Jason as new hosts. Even though Sam Rockwell and Adam Driver were awesome in the early incarnations of this sketch, Jason is killing him. More on that later.
âYou don’t seem like the type to punish. “” Well, you don’t know me very well. “Ego is such a good actor, and the”Parent-teacher conferenceâThe sketch is my strong point of the episode. I have to imagine that the thousands of people excited by Jason Sudeikis needed a break after this one.
Jake’s non-stick underwear. What about men on SNL look at the camera and confidently say the most embarrassing thing I have ever heard that tickles me so much? “If you’re like me, you’re sick of throwing your underwear in the trash.”
Best ‘weekend update’ joke
âDonald Trump has announced the launch of his own social media network which he calls Truth Social. But most people know it by its original name, the National Sex Offender Registry.
Biggest ‘weekend update’ whine
âBiden admitted he didn’t have time to visit the southern border, although his approval rating did. “
Colin Jost Charge of the Week
Jason Sudeikis returns as the devil and lets us know that Colin Jost not only made a deal with him to get Scarlett Johansson, but he also “tricked” her. This week Colin broke Seth Meyersrecord for most “Weekend Update” appearances at 155. While Colin and Che are still the bright spots of SNL every week it is a reminder of how little the cast has changed in recent years. Kenan Thompson has been on the show for almost half of his life.
“How about we put a hellish treasure map on this thing?” “
Best dance moves
While I’m tempted to give this to Jason Sudeikis’ Running Man, Chris Redd as “Miami Al Sharpton” did me some good. I really would have liked to see Bill Hader return as Lindsey Buckingham, but Fred Armisen was more than happy to reprise his Giuseppe on saxophone.
One concept of a sketch-comedy that I believe in is that the more you focus on the character’s intention, the funnier the sketch. This week I wanted to highlight two good examples.
â¢ In the âScience Room with Jason Sudeikisâ, Jason’s intention is to teach science to two children on a children’s show. Mikey and Cecily’s horrific responses continue to derail him, but the key is for Jason’s character to keep trying. I love that moment where Jason dumps the diorama and tries to switch to a simple gravity show. This leads to the biggest laugh in the skit: âMy sister says you should never ignore bullets. “
â¢ In “Annie”, Cecily tries to welcome Melissa into Daddy Warbucks’ house. She is derailed by the mysterious Ricky. However, instead of JUST returning to vocals, the skit makes a very neat adjustment by asking Cecily to interrupt Melissa to ask Ricky what her mysterious club is. Last week I wrote that a straight man isn’t just there to look at things and find it weird. Here, trying to piece together new information, Cecily’s character pushes the skit into surprising territory.
Jason Sudeikis was a Swiss army knife of sketch-comedy this week, and he gets my MVP. I guess I have to stop thinking of him as “the guy who wasn’t Bill Hader or Will Forte”. I especially liked his engagement in reacting to Andrew in “Declaration Pitch” and Kenan in “Casino Proposal”.
It was a good episode of SNL. There wasn’t a single bad skit, and they seemed to be having a lot of fun with Jason. In the future, I really hope Kate comes back after the break. i think she is shoot a Tiger King show or something, but it is failed. It also appears that SNL cut another sketch Please do not destroy for the second consecutive week. I guess we can live with this, but we’ll need to upload it to YouTube ASAP.