Saturday Night Live: Jesse Eisenberg And Nicki Minaj

I have mixed feelings about Jesse Eisenberg’s Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. On the one hand, his portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network was such a good portrayal! (That is a great movie, you guys. I know I’m going to ruffle a few feathers saying that, but I refuse to remain silent about this hidden gem no one knows about!) On the other hand, it’s not like he disappeared into the role or anything. Still pretty Jesse Eisenberg-y, if you know what I mean. Oh wait, I just remembered: fuck the Academy Awards either way no matter what. Well, I guess that settles that! Although, if there is a final determining factor in February’s race for the Most Important and Meaningful Prize on Earth, the Academy should take into account Eisenberg’s hosting of Saturday Night Live this week, because THAT is the role into which he disappeared, and I still mean that in a good way. This week’s episode was about as close as this show has come in recent memory to just not having a host? Eisenberg, as a second Andy Samberg, just melted into most of the sketches, and as a slight, pale, unassuming Jew, there wasn’t much for the writers to play off of, and I mean that in a good way, too. Sometimes those writers play off of things and it’s like, take it easy, writers.

So, how is Saturday Night Live when the host loses focus and it just becomes a late night sketch comedy show? PRETTY GOOD!

Saturday Night Live took a huge RISK by doing a parody of MTV’s Skins (#rawls). Personally, I’m always a sucker for product placement jokes, but the part I actually liked best was Andy Samberg’s impression of an MTV executive. Subway sandwiches, so good.

For perfunctory reasons, I’m including this week’s Digital Short, which I suppose is notable for its John Waters cameo and Nicki Minaj guest verse, although it’s not actually “funny”? I guess a baby in a suit with a gross mustache is funny, but the song itself just seems like a pretty standard hip hop track with questionable thematics. The Lonely Island boys have proven that they can make pretty spot-on parodies but this one just seemed to be stylistic without any surprise jokes. Should I dissect it some more? Should we just spend the rest of the day dissecting it?

El Shrinko was really funny.

The best straight up Lots Of Love jokes of the night were on Weekend Update, as usual, since that is where they just tell jokes, duh. But this week had some REALLY good ones, many of which are collected in this useful montage:

Man, Charlie Sheen with a briefcase. Hahahhaha. Subway so good.

Also there was the Bride of Blankenstein sketch, which is either the best thing I have ever seen or the worst thing I have ever seen, but I am kind of leaning towards best. I mean, it is so cheap and corny and trades so loosely in racial (and Jewish) stereotypes, but also it is called BRIDE OF BLACKENSTEIN SO I MEAN WHAT EXACTLY WERE YOU EXPECTING?

Also, I’m really into the three teenage girls who just LOST THEIR MINDS every time Nicki Minaj appeared on the show, including when she appeared in pre-taped segments. Haha. OK, girls. Her album’s not even that good, so. Just kidding, girls, scream it up! You are so happy, I love it!