'SNL' Recap: Jeremy Renner And Maroon 5

By: 11.18.12

The Situation Room

The first decent sketch…still wasn’t great, but it did produce the earliest non-nervous laughs of the night, with CNN’s habit of reusing the same piece of footage over and over again and Renner playing the self-proclaimed mayor of Tampa, Derek “Fat Deuce” Derek as the two highlights.

The Stand Off

Throwing in Adam Levine as Adam Levine was a nice touch to this well-executed digital short.

Weekend Update Katt Williams

According to Twitter, Jay Pharoah pulled a Jenny Slate and said “f*ck,” but I didn’t hear it. Did you? Either way, Katt Williams is definitely the most unhinged castmember from Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, which is saying something. That Bette Midler is one crazy bitch.

Weekend Update Chris Christie

Very impressive comic timing on the part of fleece-enthusiast Chris Christie, who, sitting next to Seth Meyers, looks like he could have eaten him. I’m disappointed the governor didn’t quote Jersey’s other poet laureates: “I did your partner cause she’s hot as a baker/Cause I’m Naughty by Nature, not cause I hate cha!”

The Avengers

What the what? This is the reason why SNL should never go big — there were too many moving parts in their Avengers parody for things to go smoothly, and in fact, none of them did. Like when the giant Hulk hand came on-screen, you could see someone holding the prop. That kind of stuff. Also, were those children or little people fighting the Hulk? Just, no. (Jason Sudeikis is the poor man’s RDJ, though.)

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