‘SNL’ Scorecard: Jonah Hill Hosted For A Fourth Time And, Oof

Senior Entertainment Writer
03.06.16 18 Comments

This is one of those shows that makes me remind myself that SNL is a minor miracle and how remarkable it is that everyone can come together every week and make this show happen. Even when a particular show isn’t very good, it’s still amazing what everyone here pulls it off. And, yes, I wrote all of that because this was not a good show. Jonah Hill hosted for his fourth time with nothing in particular to promote (which is good!), but everything felt more slapdash and disorganized than normal: Lines were flubbed, Hill hammed it up a bit too much, an awful monologue set a bad tone for the night, etc. Anyway, let’s just get this over with. Here is today’s Scorecard:

Sketch of the Night

“Weekend Update” (Jost, Che, Strong, Bayer, McKinnon, Pharoah) “Update” has kind of quietly become good again. I’ve seen a lot of glad-handing when Jost and Che talk about how they discovered that taking a looser approach to the mannerisms between them makes “Update” better. Which, yes, is true – but it’s also something that most casual observers of SNL could have told them a long time ago. But, here we are! And it’s a good thing. (And every time Michael Che stares into the camera, I can just feel his face telling me, “I know what you’re thinking about Trump hosting and I’m with you 100 percent. What a joke.”)

I forgot how much I missed a good “Jay Pharoah does a bunch of impressions” segment. It was refreshing. If felt like a flashback to 2010. (My goodness, Jay Pharoah has been on SNL a long time now!) Bayer and McKinnon’s was one of those things that made me laugh more the longer it went on. And Cecily Strong’s (just going to abbreviate it) TGUWYHSACWAAP was good, but seemed to go on a bit too long. But, whatever: I’m just happy “Update” is consistently good again. (Even though no one is really noticing.)

Score: 7.5

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