This was a weird show in that even though Melissa McCarthy was the host, and Melissa McCarthy is a host who usually leaves an impact, for whatever reason she kind of felt like she disappeared a bit last night. Maybe this had something to do with Kanye West’s presence? (His sixth time as musical guest.) But even so, McCarthy wasn’t a part of three of the most notable moments from the show: the Beyoncé sketch, the Kanye West rap battle sketch, and “Weekend Update.” And I know McCarthy was promoting The Boss, but all the new Ghostbusters were there last night (at least from what I heard, Kristen Wiig had been seen in 8H this week) and we didn’t get something about that. (Maybe it’s too soon, but that would have been fun.) Anyway, something felt off about most of this show. Let’s get to the Scorecard…
Sketch of the Night
“The Day Beyoncé Turned Black” (Ensemble) What a well done piece of satire. (And I wish SNL could figure out a way to channel this kind of tone into their political coverage.) This is well written, it has a hint of truth, the production values are top notch. This is the reason SNL is smart to be doing prerecorded material.