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Saturday Night Live: Gwyneth Paltrow And Cee-Lo Green

Speaking of low expectations not even being met, I’m worried about Saturday Night Live, you guys. I mean, I’m not worried about Saturday Night Live, obviously. It’s doing fine. And I am an adult. I know how to pick appropriate things to worry about. But I feel like this show is going through a rough transition, and this weekend’s episode was the roughest. Obviously, Gwyenth Paltrow is just the worst. She is, I’m sorry. Please believe–I know it’s asking a lot, but try–that I would admit if she had been good. I’m not so stubborn. She was not good. She was awful. Of course, she only had a couple days to rehearse because she got stuck in London because she lives in a castle in London, so that was probably part of it, but there was also the part where she just doesn’t have any comic timing and is far too self-serious to do this kind of work very well, although she doesn’t think she is self-serious at all, she thinks she’s a total yuck-em-up, which makes it really awkward and cringey. She’s like a mom telling a joke. Don’t even get me started on this. Also, what was up with all of the celebrity impressions? Were there any celebrities who WEREN’T impersonated this weekend? Every single sketch featured at least 10 celebrity impressions. Cool. 2011. Just what we have all agreed is the most interesting and enjoyable form of entertainment. Also Cee-Lo performed his hit novelty song that might as well be on a Weird Al Yankovic album for what it actually has to do with music. He was also great as the character “Wee Man” in Jackass 3D.

Not sure what “highlights” there are to discuss, but we will give it the old college try. (College, if Gwyneth Paltrow is reading this, is American English for “Uni.”)

Let’s start with the Digital Short since at least it doesn’t have Gwyneth Paltrow in it. It was kind of a mess! A little all over the place! But it did have Pee Wee Herman and Anderson Cooper in it, and if there is one thing everyone loves, it is unexpected juxtapositions of celebrities from different things. We all love that!

Also, there was Garth and Kat, which had a totally solid first few minutes before Gwyneth came and ruined it. Please stay out of my Garth and Kat, please, mum.

Annnnnnnnd that’s about it? They did Secret Word, I guess, which is usually a favorite of mine, but it was kind of not very good at all this time? I wonder why?! Could be any number of factors, I’m sure. It’s definitely the kind of sketch that is just super different from one time to the next, so you can’t just lay all of the blame on Gwyneth Paltrow’s shoulders just kidding yes you can she stinks she ruins things.

Oh Saturday Night Live. You are an indelible institution at this point, and we all have our ups and downs, but let’s rally, guys. Let’s go. On our feet. Shoulders dusted off. Head high. Shoulders back. At the very least, fewer celebrity impressions, my God.