Chris Pratt Skits Saturday Night Live
The 40th Saturday Night Live premiered (9/27) last night with Guardians of the Galaxy actor, Chris Pratt, as host, and a couple of new cast members. Ariana Grande was the musical guest.
I have got to say, Chris Pratt is looking mighty fine these days. I am most familiar with the actor as the the schlubby character he plays on the NBC sitcom, Parks and Recreation. Yes, I missed the whole getting in shape deal for his role in the Marvel summer blockbuster.
But in any case, I was a little disappointed in last night’s premiere. The cold open had it’s moments, but it was mostly a disappointment. Not only was the writing weak (Aidy Bryant fat girl jokes are getting old), I just don’t see any Bill Hader/Andy Samberg level talent in this new group. Maybe new guy, Pete Davidson, will step up, but we’ll see. You still have the hilarious Kate McKinnon–but I thought her talents were wasted.
In stark contrast, there was the “vintage” SNL episode from 1975 that NBC aired at 10 pm. It reminded me how truly subversive and edgy the show was when it first premiered nearly 40 years ago. Before the broadcast, the network had to slap a huge disclaimer on it that basically said “It was 1975! We wouldn’t get away with any of this stuff today!” The skits included a Richard Pryor/Chevy Chase bit full of racial epithets and a funny Pryor monologue (I lost track of the number of times he used the N word), that would only air intact on cable, if the comic were around today.
There were some bright spots in the night, however. Did you watch last night’s SNL premiere? What did you think? Check out some of the best skits below.
Aidy Bryan plays plays Candy Crowley. She doesn’t know anything about football! Hm. Kenan Thompson as Ray Rice, avoiding questions, was pretty funny, though.
Chris Pratt Monologue
Chris’ wife, Anna Faris makes a cameo here. She’s adorable!
Lonely Kid and his Toys
Kid’s toys come to life, act sexually inappropriate, destroy the kitchen. Eh. Ariana Grande plays a female toy.
Marvel’s Coming Attractions
A Marvel trailer parody that makes the point–they could slap their logo on anything and it would probably be a hit. My fav–Marvel Presents Some Shopping Carts. Also–Chris Pratt as Princess Leia.
NFL On CBS – Players Criminal Activity
I thought this bit made a more trenchant point about the NFL Ray Lewis scandal–that there are a slew of athletes who take the field every day who have done what Lewis has done–and worse.
Weekend Update – Relationship Expert Leslie Jones
Writer, Natasha Rothwell, has another hilarious turn on Weekend Update.
Weekend Update – The Girl You Wished You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party
Cicely Strong returned to Weekend Update playing the character she shelved for the short time she sat at the desk. I thought Michael Che had a bit of a rocky start, stumbling over his words, not seeming entirely sure of himself. But it was his first night. I’ll give him a pass. I still think Cicely didn’t need to be replaced.
Weekend Update – Pete Davidson
Twenty year old Pete Davidson made his debut on Weekend Update and proved that he’s not going to be just another generic white guy. I thought he was pretty terrific in his skits, too.
80’s Sitcom parody is pretty random.
Videogame Focus Group
When storytelling in video games goes a tad too far.