‘SNL’ Scorecard: Tom Hanks Will Haunt Us Forever As David S. Pumpkins

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10.23.16 22 Comments


You know, there’s no guarantee even a host like Tom Hanks – hosting Saturday Night Live for the ninth time – can deliver a great show on demand. I remember last time Hanks officially hosted in 2006 (he’s hung around as a pseudo host since then) it was kind of a letdown. It’s a big deal when Hanks hosts and things can’t always live up to these kind of expectations. Especially in a situation like this, where the cast is pulling off its marathon fourth show in a row.

Having said all that: this was a humdinger of a show. I mean, David S. Pumpkins! Here’s today’s Scorecard:

Sketch of the Night

“Haunted Elevator” This one should really have begun with one of those promotional clips that say things like, “From the team that brought you Kevin Roberts asking if a bitch can get a donut … comes David S. Pumpkins.” (And, yes, the “Kevin Roberts” team of Streeter Seidell and Mikey Day, plus Bobby Moynihan, wrote this.) My gosh, that music. And Hanks sells the hell out of David Pumpkins. When we see the “best of ‘SNL’ Halloween,” shows, we will now be seeing David S. Pumpkins for eternity. I want to be David S. Pumpkins for Halloween. I cannot stress enough how much I love that his catchphrase is “Any questions?” What a horrible catchphrase for a ghoul! I laughed every time.

Score: 9.5

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