Saturday Night Live

Season 34 Episode 23

Thursday Night Live (1)

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Oct 09, 2008 on NBC

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  • The first primetime Election episode.

    For a show that only required three scenes SNL really dropped the ball here. After a strong episode on Saturday hosted by Anne Hathaway these sketches felt more like "rough drafts" than what we've come to expect from the late-night show now in its 34th season. It was great to see Chris Parnell back again, but the debate sketch was not up to par. Fred Armisen's Barack Obama simply isn't cutting it, and there were too many "clever" political shots here and not enough simple jokes. The Weekend Update sketches were not much better. Kenan's appearance was completely unnecessary and outside of a few minor chuckles during the Hall and Oates song and Seth Meyer's bit about a cat after successful surgery giving you brief eye contact there wasn't anything funny here either.

    SNL really suffered without Tina Fey's portrayal of Sarah Palin. Hopefully they're able to get her next week.