ChanningTatum already had his turn to promote the new 21 Jump Streetmovie so now it is Jonah Hill’s turn. I am not a huge fan of Jonah Hill. I feelhe is only funny because he books really funny movies. I don’t think it is hiscomedic efforts that elevate the script. (Harsh, I know.)
JonahHill is fresh off his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Moneyball. I didn’t see that movie, butreally? Oscar-worthy? (Ed. Note from Jill:I saw it, I didn’t think so. But he was good in it.) And speaking of histrip to the Oscars, did you see when he lost the award? He didn’t make the bestface.
Haven’t you seen that episode of Friends where you rehearse your gracious face?FAIL. Jonah be happy for the 88-year-old movie legend who FINALLY got hisOscar. Geez Louise!
Pleasenote as I watched tonight’s episode I was accompanied by my sister from whom Isteal many jokes. Her commentary may appear throughout this post.
Opening Sketch – RushLimbaugh
Thatman sure knows how to get attention. I was pleasantly surprised that Taranplayed this role. He is really starting to be the impression guy of the group.Maybe he is being groomed to take over whenever Bill Hader leaves? This skitwas funny but it reminded me of the sports commentary sketches Jason Sudeikisand Will Forte would perform. Remember those skits where they commented onevents sponsored by Vagisil, Summer’s Eve or any other awkward female products?Genius. So this skit made me miss that.
Isit just me or is Jonah really low energy tonight? I know he has already hostedthe show before but he seems like he is not that excited to be there. Thismonologue was separated in three parts, first Jonah talks about his Oscar tripwhich was mediocre then we are treated to a mock-umentary of Jonah behind thescenes at SNL. This was a funny skit showing how Jonah has changed after beingnominated. The funniest part was how his glasses became smaller and his scarvesmuch larger.
Then…TomHanks shows up. Now I love me a good Tom Hanks cameo (He should host the showagain) but this appearance seemed so unnecessary. Both actors seem to know thispart of the sketch was dying.
Mysister’s reaction: “There is something bothering Jonah? What is it?”
Digitial Short:Science Finders
Thisdidn’t really save the digital short but it was at least funnier than the lastfew. I felt bad for Jonah. How can they hit someone with a tennis ball and makeit look so real? Was it real? That is some special effects magic. I laughedwhen the sound Jonah made was repeated over and over again. I would like todescribe it for you but there is no way I can create onomatopoeia for that.(How ya like me, now High School English teachers?)
Mysister’s reaction: “Pretty lame until Keenan showed up in that hilarious wig.”
Adam Grossman thesix-year-old
Iknew they would reprise this sketch if Jonah was hosting. It is impressive whena host creates a character that the writers like to do again. (Like JustinTimberlake’s Homelessville sketch). Jonah is funny especially when he keepspicking on his loser father. He also said some insanely dirty things that I wassurprised they got away with. Well, this does air pretty late.
J-Pop Fun Time
Againthis is a cultural thing I don’t get and find it a little offensive. When Jonahcame out and started using that voice I closed my eyes and thought I waswatching an episode of South Park. I did enjoy whenJonah started laughing because again I am worried this kid is totally bummed.But seriously, who likes these sketches?
Seth’sfirst guest was Paula Deen played by Kristen. Now this isn’t a difficultimpression to do. You just have to get really loud and say the word butter like“boo-der” and oil like “owl.”
Oursecond guest to arrive was Sarah Palin played by Andy Samberg. The joke wasTina Fey couldn’t show up and Andy had to step in but he is terrible at it. Hecan’t even get her “You betcha” catchphrase right. This seemed so amateurishand not really timely. I know that Sarah Palin movie is coming out, but that isonly on HBO. And I sadly don’t have HBO.
Seth’sthird and final guest was our old pal Stefan. I love the name of the crazyclubs Stefan describes. Tonight my favorite was, “Kevin?” I do have to say thatI don’t agree with using the word midget. The writers know better than that. Whodo you think you are? Survivor’sColton? Just say, “little person.” At the end Stefan tricks Seth into saying,“Kiss me, I’m Irish” so he can finally kiss Seth. It was a very specialmoment.
Jokeof the night:
Scientistsdiscovered that the body of an ancient iceman who was murdered was also lactoseintolerant: “Probably was killed because he wouldn’t shut up about it.”
Oh,this skit was funny for a few seconds. My sister really lost it after themonkey said: “He. Sex. Me.” Yeah that was funny! But as soon as they startedtalking about babies this skit just became not funny.
Liza Minelli TurnsOff A Lamp
Thisskit was an exact copy of “Anne Margaret throws garbage in a can.” Yes, Kristenis the best with physical comedy but it just seems lazy to give over 3 and ahalf minutes to her dancing.
I’ll C U When U GetThere
Ifyou remembered this song and if you can actually remember Coolio then, like me, you would find thisskit hilarious. The set up was so odd but someone on the writing staff mustlove this song. At the end there was so much laughter from the cast I felt likeI was watching a karaoke night. (This reminds me to book some karaoke with myfriends.) (Ed. Note from Jill: YES.)I also enjoyed when the cast went out into the audience which I have never seenbefore and I appreciated the feeling of camaraderie that was shown. Sadly, dueto copyright laws this isn’t available in Canada.
Again,I can’t help but think that Jonah Hill is bummed about something. Even when heintroduced the musical guests he just was not into it. What’s wrong Jonah? Talkto Allison.
SNLwill have a three week break until they return April 7 with Sophia Vergara. Ihave high hopes for her, but we will see.
That’sit, Couchtime Readers!