Saturday Night Live: Was Jude Law This Terrible In Hamlet, Too?

It simply makes sense that the best episode of the season would be followed by the worst episode of the season. Water always finds its level, or whatever, and Saturday Night Live’s level is somewhere in the vast and vacillating spectrum between brilliant and painful. I do think that there is one thing that this show has going for it and will always have going for it, and that is the burnished shine of the rich and powerful. You know when you see some Richie Rich fresh off the yacht who just looks great? He or she has strong looking teeth and their clothes look brand new and their skin seems to shine with satisfaction? That is what this show is like. Which is why even with a dud of a host like Jude Law (and I am talking king dud of dud mountain) the show still demands your attention. Even when Jerry Seinfeld drops by for a surprise installment of Really? With Seth and Bored Multi-Millionaire Trying Desperately To Shill His Latest God Awful Vanity Project That Is Seriously A Nightmare And Why Don’t We Burn The Whole Network To The Ground At This Point If They Have No Respect For US it still earns goodwill.

I want a yacht! But all I have are these clips from Saturday’s show:

Jude Law’s opening monologue was so bad (maybe the worst of all time?) that I would hate to make you watch it again (or for the first time, if you are lucky enough to not have seen it) and yet just for the historical record I feel duty-bound (haha, right, duty-bound, I’m sure) to post it here for posterity. Because it is really something awful!

Wooooooooof. I mean, there’s not even any point in comparing that to Zach Galifianakis’s herstoric monologue from last week, but if you do compare them then it is just double yikes. He seemed like he was channeling his character from Stephen Spielberg’s A.I.: “ladies and gentleman, your host, BROKEN SEX ROBOT!” They actually make an A.I. joke in a later sketch, which is also about Hamlet, because Jude Law is so impressed with having been in Hamlet that he thinks we are equally impressed. We are not. Enough, Jude Law, with the Hamlet already. Is what I would say to him. In a deli. Or in line at the bank. Anywhere that I saw him, really.

The best sketch of the night, because let’s just Tom-Hanks-at-the-2010-Oscars this thing and get the job done, was probably the digital short music video for “Boombox” with Andy Samberg and Julian Casablancas:

That’s right. The best sketch of the show was a pre-taped music video for a song that came out a year ago and didn’t feature the guest host at all. Not that Jude Law was completely worthless, he was just mostly worthless. Although the Secret Word sketch was good, and he was even pretty good in it.

Awww! Good job, Jude Law! You were good in one sketch! And you know what they say, when the producers give you Jude Law, make Jude Lawmenade. Which is to say that he was basically a prop and a punchline in this sketch about his auditioning process for Hamlet (HAMLET HAMLET HAMLET!) and with him mostly just sitting there as a visual reference to his own IMDB page, it allowed everyone else to do their jobs.

Honestly, one of the highlights of the whole night for me was watching Pearl Jam, and it’s not like I’m a big Pearl Jam head. I rarely watch the musical guest on this show even when it’s someone I listen to (currently, not in 1992). I probably just liked watching them for the simple fact that unlike Jude Law, they weren’t drenched in flop sweat.

And that was about it. The Twilight Zone sketch was decent. And, despite Jerry Seinfeld’s surprise appearance (although it was no surprise how bad it was! Zing), I really think that Seth Meyers is so good at Weekend Update. Maybe the best run of that segment was when he and Amy Poehler did it together, MAYBE, but it’s basically just as good with him alone. But again, that has nothing to do with the former star of Hamlet, Jude Law. Who stinks and who stunk.

UPDATE: Whoops, I forgot the Broadview Security parody ad, which was actually the best sketch of the night. Again: pre-taped and no Jude Law is the key to success. It’s like that book, the 48 Laws of Power, except there are only two laws, and it’s not about power it is about laughs. (Ugh. Mondays, right Garfield?)

NOTE: I know that some readers have complained in the past about the unavailability of Hulu clips to non-U.S. residents. The thing is, Hulu just looks nicer than most other video players. But you guys (or should I say, you “lorries”) should be able to watch most of the aforementioned clips here.