I think people were a little bit upset and confused when they heard that Katy Perry would be hosting Saturday Night Live. (As upset and confused as a person could be when reacting to the news of an SNL host.) I think this because every time I read about it, the article or whatever would be like — “Katy Perry will be hosting SNL on December 10. (YEAH, you read that right.)” Implying that she should just be the music guest? But, like, singers host SNL all the time. Britney Spears hosted SNL. And Elton John and Jennifer Lopez and Janet Jackson and Taylor Swift and MORE, for crying out loud. Was everyone just mad that she wasn’t also the musical guest? If so, it is kind of weird that she wasn’t also the musical guest. I’m not an SNL scholar, even though that may shock you after all of that SNL musical host knowledge I just laid down, so I’m not sure if that has ever happened before. In any case, though, Robyn was a GREAT musical guest, and Katy Perry did a perfectly fine job of hosting. Better than fine, even! She did a good job. And the sketches did a good job, too! There weren’t really any bad ones! Not that they were all the greatest, but if I can repeat myself one more time, it was an all-around “good” episode. Also: Stefon. Also: REBECCA LARUE. Also: Ugh, Alec Baldwin. Let’s take a look, HUH?
Darrell Hammond made an appearance in the cold open (the first of a few celebrity appearances during the episode) as Donald Trump. It was fine to see. IDK. Not that exciting, if we can be honest with ourselves and each other. Kristen Wiig’s Greta Van Susteren impression was good, though!
The apocalypse New Years Eve style movie trailer was a great way to feature Bill Hader’s Alan Alda impression. It was one of a few sketches where a feature of Katy Perry’s role was to sing, but even in these parts I think she did a fine job, acting-wise? She knew how to be funny enough. It’s not like she just sang into the camera. (Except for this sketch where she did just sing into the camera.) (But otherwise!)
The “Best Friends” digital short was FINALLY a digital short that I enjoyed this season that didn’t include Drake. All of the celebrities are in it. It’s silly and holiday themed. What’s not to like? Huh? HUH?
Stefon is always perfect, even when you like him less than you used to because liking the character less at some point was inevitable since it’s kind of a one-note bit and although that note is great, any note can get old when you see it played over and over. Stefon!
Rebecca Larue was amazing.
Alec Baldwin as American Airlines pilot Capt. Steve Rodgers only kind of annoyed me, unfortunately. I can certainly see why some people would’ve liked it, since at some points it did seem to be pretty harsh on Alec Baldwin and he was a good sport etc., but blah, ugh. “We need to make Alec Baldwin funny and lovable again even though really no one thought much differently about him in the first place, he’d have to do something a lot worse than get kicked off a plane for playing a Scrabble game on his phone to turn people against him for some reason … STAT!” – Everyone In America.
“Royal Family” sketches a good, I like them a good amount. Was happy to see it back. Would watch again!
And, finally, I wanted to mention the J-Pop Talk Show sketch. I didn’t really like this the first time around, but I enjoyed it a significant amount more this time and I think that was due to the addition of Katy Perry. She was very funny in this!
Also, Robyn performed and she was great, DUH. Call your girlfriend!
Next week, JIMMY FALLON WILL HOST, HOOOOORAAAAY!