Along for the ride tonight is musical act Bastille. With Seth Myers definitely leaving the “Weekend Update” desk with the announcement of Colin Jost as his replacement next month, let”s see if the show pulls out some big names/old characters to say goodbye to this particular era of the show. As always, I”ll be liveblogging the program, providing grades for each segment. You won”t like the grades. But I still like you. Let”s meet here at 11:30 pm EST and kick things off.
Sweetland Ranch: Well, we”ve already had a sketch based on poop jokes. Why not have one based on a horse beating the living hell out of its trainers? Jonah Hill spends the entire sketch blatantly reading the cue cards, with the ensuing effect that not even he can look at this stupid sketch. It”s not like realism is needed to make every sketch funny, but the puppet work here is so obvious and the premise so thin that all anyone in the audience can do is awkwardly chuckle at the low-budget display. (Will Ferrell as Robert Goulet would have turned this artifice into absurdism, but no such luck here.) I like Strong”s character here, but it”s a character in search of a sketch where she”s not getting branded with an “F U” on her face. [Grade: C-]