+ With the Winters Olympics less than two weeks away, SNL (and specifically Downey and Jost) probably felt obligated to finally address and lampoon Vladimir Putin's anti-gay laws. Their call to action, "The U.S. Men's Heterosexual Figure Skating Championships," was light on substance, heavy on the slapstick, and often lacking in the laugh department. Bobby was okay as a slob, and Beck and Kate were amusing as a creep and his favorite Applebee's waitress, but Jay's skating notice bordered into stereotype. Overall, it was a tad tired.
+ Leonardo Dicaprio is definitely on that unofficial list of actors and celebrities that are probably too famous to ever host SNL. (That short list presumably includes Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie.) With that said, his cameo tonight was quite charming.
+ A dating sketch that's basically one prolonged poop joke. A sketch about an upset horse that would have worked better with a live horse. A dinner party sketch where Jonah screams at himself every thirty seconds. Do you see a pattern here?
+ "They tried to make me go to rehab, and I said 'is... it... warm?'"
+ That spoof of the "Her" trailer was spot-on. Also kudos to booking Michael Cera for that weird "Superbad" mini-reunion. Our future is narcissism, people!
+ I liked Bastille's breakthrough hit "Pompeii" enough to put the song on my list of favorite singles of 2013. The live version didn't disappoint, though it seemed like Dan Smith's voice was a little raspy at first. As for the second song... yep, another forgettable ballad.
+ Maybe it's getting a little tired, but I think the ex-porn star sketches are just dumb fun.
+ In the last six years we've seen enough of Jonah Hill to know he's a capable host. He'll never be on the scale of a Paul Rudd, let alone a Justin Timberlake, but his schlubby screen presence and general professionalism will suffice if nothing else works. As a whole, however all three of his hosting stints have been middling. In spite of a classic monologue, "The Hit," and one of the stronger Update segments of Seth and Cecily's short time together, too many one-joke sketches nearly sank the whole thing.
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