Jesse Eisenberg Leads SNL to One of Its Strongest Episodes This Season

Host Jesse Eisenberg led SNL to one of its strongest episodes of the season, beginning with an opening monologue in which he nervously spoofed of his own persona (“a freight train of confidence”), before coming face-to-face with the man he so unflatteringly portrayed in The Social Network, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. They didn’t really do anything very clever with the encounter, but just having them stand together discussing the film in front of millions made for great live TV. Nice coup, Lorne Michaels.

There were several funny sketches, a highlight being the Bride of Blackenstein sketch, in which Jay Pharoah’s mad scientist presents his creature with female companionship, played by musical guest Nicky Minaj. The jokes were gleefully inappropriate. (On the Bride’s ample derriere: “Igor: So that’s why you had me fill those two basketballs with Jell-O!” Dr. Blackenstein: “Double Dribble, baybuh!”) Offensive? Pretty much. But funny.

Then there was a pretty amusing send-up of the whole Skins controversy at MTV, with Andy Samberg playing an obnoxious network executive who dismisses the sponsors abandoning the show (“We lost L’Oreal. You know, French Oreos.”), before cutting to a clip from the all-new Skins—now with more ghetto product placement!

Other highlights: Bill Hader as cranky-pants reporter Herb Welch; John Waters’s cameo in Digital Short music video “The Creep,” with vocals by Minaj; and Fred Armisen as a nervously sanguine Hosni Mubarak on Weekend Update.

What did you think of the show? Did Eisenberg measure up to some of the other great recent hosts, like Jon Hamm and Jane Lynch? Or did he De Niro up the place?

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This week's SNL was surprisingly impressive.
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Bride of Blackenstein skit was real good. They all had trouble hanging!!!! They all kept turning around to hide the laughing and all that. Jesse did i-ight as the hunchback.
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Some sketches were funny, but some were weak as well. I preferred the Paul Rudd show (What's that name?).
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Jesse impressed me and thank God that we saw SNL finally using their guest's talents!
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I didn't like it very much. The episode with Jon Hamm and the episode with Emma Stone were better.
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A very good show indeed, you've forgot to mention the "educational" sketch which, if I wasn't lying in bed I would have fallen to floor laughing.
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that was NOT funny at all!
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I thought it was funny how Jesse EisenBERG, Andy SamBERG, and Mark ZuckerBURG all have similar last names and were all on the same stage together for the monologue. AND Eisenberg and Samberg were trying to impersonate Zuckerberg. Lol. Good episode though!
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It was good :)
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I thought the Bride of Blackenstein sketch was good but the SNL short "The Creep," was hilarious.
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"some slutty mashed potatoes"
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strong one liners, weak skits
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I thought this episode was ok. i thought Bride of Blackenstein, weekend update and the snl short were the only funny skits everything else was meh.
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I honestly thought that this episode was quite a stinker, I didn't like it much.
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not bad, i like jesses acting
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The real Zuckenberg seemed like dead weight on live TV. I guess he's a good sport, but it was obvious he was reading off cue cards.
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