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1/14/2016: Felicity Jones/Sturgill Simpson
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In the wake of Carrie Fisher's death, it seems only fitting to promote the movie that created a CGI replica of her young self (and did the same with Peter Cushing), while dressing Tina Fey as Princess Leia and giving some rather...foreshadowing advice to our host last night... Indeed, while I predicted that Felicity Jones wou...

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Dec 18, 2016
12/17/2016: Casey Affleck/Chance the Rapper
Last night, SNL took a big risk for it's final show of 2016 with a host who's never even been on the show and has shown minimal past experience with comedy...But he's the younger brother of one of their favorite hosts, so I guess there's that...

Did this risk pay off? ...Well, to be fair, his performance in the sketches wasn't bad, kind of in the same way that Margot Robbie wasn't too bad with what little she was given...But Affleck had a little more to do than she did, and shined in one or two sketches...

First of all, I gotta give the guy some props for being the first Christmas special host since 2009 to resist singing for the monologue...Granted, they built it up, possibly out of awareness of how much Fallon made it cool to do a musical ...Read more
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Dec 14, 2016
January 2017 Predictions
Let's predict the opening shows of 2017, shall we?

At the top of my list is Hailee Steinfeld to perform double-duty for both "Edge of Seventeen" and her recent hit single "Starving".
I still have Alec Baldwin as a consideration...Perhaps he can open up the new year kind of as a way of preparing for Trump's coming inauguration...
I also still have Felicity Jones as a consideration to give the inevitable hit "Rogue One" an after-plug, but honestly, the perfect time for her to promote not only that but all of her other recent and upcoming roles has past, and it might look kinda gimmicky opening the year with a "Star Wars" actor for the second year in a row...
And now for some musical guest predictions, once more listed from most to least likely...
Hailee Steinfeld: Coupled with "Edge of Seventeen", it couldn't be a ...
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Dec 12, 2016
12/10/2016: John Cena/Maren Morris
Last night, a man hosted the penultimate SNL episode of 2016...AND HIS NAME IS-

...Wait a minute, I don't see anyone...Why are the cast-members interacting with air?

There, I got those old memes out of the way, let's talk about the show...

It was a pretty slow news-week, so I guess it figures that they would invite someone plugging an upcoming movie to cameo as his most famous character in order to joke about Trump's main current controversy. It was a big enough cameo that they didn't need to change the cold opening even after the news of Russia apparently having a major hand in Trump's victory, but they would address that later. It was overall a welcome cameo, and having watched all of "Breaking Bad" not too long ago on Netflix, I can say that it indeed felt like some surreal follow-up ...Read more
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Dec 05, 2016
12/3/2016: Emma Stone/Shawn Mendes
Sorry this took longer than normal...I hesitated to write a review, because I honestly felt quite indifferent to this episode...

So let's see, more jokes against Trump...Yeah, I guess it was called for, but I'm honestly growing weary of him...This was pretty much the #1 reason why I wanted Hillary to win: So that we could move on from this guy...

And they had plenty more jokes against him for Update...None of which I even remember...But we did have an amusing Leslie Jones editorial about male genitalia...And as Vanessa's Rachel from "Friends" upped her schtick a bit, I was starting to wonder if we would get an actual Jennifer Aniston cameo...And of course, they had every reason to have her on due to the events surrounding her, Vanessa and the "Friends" reunion that isn't happening...

Stone as usual was ...Read more
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Nov 21, 2016
11/19/2016: Kristen Wiig/The xx

I've always kind of had a love/hate relationship with Kristen Wiig's brand of humor. There are very few women who commit to comedy as much as she does...But on the other hand, as her years as an SNL cast-member have shown, it can become too much, with her tendency of mugging and overall having a SERIOUS vibe of trying too hard...She managed to avoid that with her first hosting appearance a few years back...But this time, I think I was reminded a little too much why I learned to hate her while she was a cast-member...

The only notable characters of hers that were reprised were two of her worst...The actress in the "Secret Word" sketch and the lady who gets overly-excited about preparing surprises are harsh reminders of one of SNL's darkest eras, where arguably the two biggest issues with the ...

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Nov 13, 2016
11/12/2016: Dave Chappelle/A Tribe Called Quest

It's been a rough week for many Americans, I'm sure. I was one of many who was almost certain that Hillary Clinton had it in the bag...But as the election results have shown...well...Perhaps the DNC shouldn't have put all of their eggs in one basket...While I certainly preferred Hillary as the next president over Trump, she wasn't exactly the most ideal candidate either...These results show how fed up America is at the system (and yes, I'm sure there are SOME people who voted Trump out of sheer racism and/or misogyny, but we really shouldn't generalize...)

While this means electing somebody who honestly couldn't be less qualified for the position, it should serve as a valuable lesson to people everywhere, on BOTH sides of the political spectrum: When electing a president, qualifications come first...Don't put those ...

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Nov 06, 2016
December 2016 Predictions
Since the December shows are usually announced over the week leading up to the last November episode (I guess they really aren't doing a third week for this month), I'm just going to go ahead and make my predictions now before it happens...Let's start with musical guests, as there is a detail that will carry over into host predictions...
So far, I would say that all of the musical guests this season have brought their A-game, and for next week's guest not to join the ranks would be outrageous! Overall, while I might have questioned one or two choices, at the end of the day, they have all been legitimately solid! There are two musicians that I feel are incredibly likely for next month that would be worthy enough of joining the ranks as well, so for them to suddenly go out of their way ...
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Nov 06, 2016
11/5/2016: Benedict Cumberbatch/Solange

Last night's show felt, in some way, incomplete...Like Emily Blunt, Mr. Cumberbatch was a perfectly capable host, and had a few nice moments to shine, but for the most part the sketches didn't really hit home...

The cold opening took some cues from last season's finale by giving Hillary and her celebrity-guest-acted opponent a huge sendoff...Since the other four episodes started with these two characters and the next one will surely wrap it all up (unless Trump really does pull an Al Gore on us by calling BS on the results and keeping the election going for another month or so), it only makes sense to fill in the gap with one last pre-election cold opening, and it made for a nice little tribute to everything that's been going on ever since Trump threw his toupee into the election ring...

But let's talk ...

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