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Saturday Night Live: Helen Mirren And The Foo Fighters

You guys, Helen Mirren is the best. I just want to make sure we’re all on the same page with the whole Helen Mirren thing. She is very good at acting, and she seems to have a good time goofing around with people’s pre-conceived notions of what a famous person and/or a “woman of a certain age” is/are supposed to be like. She seems to have a good time in general. Also, sometimes she makes bad movies, like any one who makes a bunch of movies, and here again, girl just don’t give a fuuuuu. So, it makes sense for her to host Saturday Night Live, although it’s a bit of a shame that it took starring in the Arthur remake to get her there. Thankfully, they didn’t even mention Arthur once, but that is the reason she was on there, and there are so many better reasons to have her. Oh well. Not not our problem.

The episode was pretty good!

I actually remember thinking that the episode was just average when I watched it, but going back through all the clips this morning, there weren’t too many duds. Like, I’m not that big of a fan of the Tax Accountant to the Stars bit, which they’ve done before, just because I don’t really care about celebrity impersonations (sorry, Jay Pharoah) but just because that sketch isn’t my favorite doesn’t mean I can’t see its charms. It has charms! Also, the Jumbo’s Clown Room sketch at the end would have been a very good sketch, but I checked the official time and that thing and it was 47 minutes long, if you can believe it! I know, I felt the same way when I heard. The only other clip that I didn’t post was the Marry Shelley’s Frankenstein clip, but I liked it. It was either that or the Roosevelts, and I went with the latter.

The show opened, as it often does, with a tepid Barack Obama impersonation talking about the budget crisis, and at first I got so grumpy about it* because to some extent I don’t understand why Saturday Night Live still tries to throw its hat in the topical political humor ring. By the time Saturday rolls around, we’ve already had an entire week of incredibly sharp and funny topical political humor from a variety of sources dedicated specifically to topical political humor, so Saturday Night Live’s often feels flat and old. And yet! As soon as I had finished completing that thought, which I still stand behind as a general criticism, this week’s episode busted out two topical political humor bits that I thought were genuinely very good! Whodathunkit!

More Mambo #5 jokes, please, world.

The Digital Short was kind of so-so, and too many of the laughs relied on just saying the word “titties,” but I do think that people should give the Digital Short boys more credit for the genuine little turns and surprises that they put into every short. I’m thinking mainly of how weird and funny it is to have Bobby Moynihan dressed as the Blind Melon “bee girl” as an illustration of the experience of touching Helen Mirren’s breasts.

Perhaps to make up for the “titties” stuff, there was also the Perspectives ad, which talked about tiny dicks. FAIR IS FAIR. As you know, I love a good SEXTing joke, and the Perspectives ad has a lot of great SEXTing jokes.

But the best sketch of the night was, and always is whenever they do one, the Juggalo Gathering parody for Easter:

Giving Jesus nightmares, indeed.

Also, the Foo Fighters.

Good episode!

*I mean, as grumpy as one can feel when one isn’t really grumpy at all, but just coming up with loosely-knit opinions about the way one would run an historically popular, long-running late night sketch comedy program differently if one was put in charge.