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Rarely describe the episode Saturday Night Livethat haughty vessel of deceit and deceit, how from the heart – We are still here.

Last night’s show was preceded by some major shocks. First, musical guests Yeah Yeah Yeahs had to step out of whatever would be first SNL: appearance since 2009 due to ill health of guitarist Nick Zinner. (They were replaced by Lizo, who confidently did Lizo everywhere.) That unfortunate announcement, however, first came a week ago. A lot more people were caught off guard by the news that broke a few hours before the recording. The final episode of 2022 will be Cecily Strong’s Love. last episode as a cast member. (I can almost guarantee he’ll be back to host within the next two years.)

Meanwhile SNL: Infamously shedding nearly all of its familiar faces just before the start of this season, Strong’s departure hits hard both abruptly and because he’s recently settled into his role as the backbone of this show. True to his name, Strong was always a hard-working, reliable presence who seemed lit from within with every character he created, every tune he belted out, and every famous quirk he skewered. When fellow vet Kenan Thompson blew in one of two fourth wall fractures farewell scenes in the episode, “[Every week] he will bring strength and joy to his speech that will make you remember why you love working… at Radio Shack in the first place.” (The sketch is allegedly at Radio Shack.) But as Strong himself says his other goodbye momentAs a Weekend Update character, Kathy Ann. “Everyone has to go to jail at some point, right?” (The character allegedly goes to prison).

If those farewell vibes weren’t already enough excitement for the proceedings, there’s more to it. Austin Butler’s touching monologue. The host who shot to fame with Baz Luhrmann’s hypnotic over-the-top Elvis — and whose speaking voice sounds like Brad Pitt does Elvis — remembers watching SNL: as a child with his mother, who has since passed. Like many obscure hot-blooded people, Butler claims to have suffered from “dirty shyness” since childhood. That might not get him much sympathy in a vacuum, but Butler’s sweet story of learning to come out of his shell while being silly with his mom in the process. SNL: the views are irresistibly exciting.

“Every time you see me make a silly sound or make a funny face,” he says, closing his monologue, “that’s for you, Mom.” While that beautiful thought didn’t quite eclipse any particular silhouette during the night, it hung in the background like a ray of sunshine throughout Butler’s solid debut as a goofy voice artist making funny faces.

Here are the highlights from the rest of the episode.

It’s fun to imagine some heavily caffeinated ones SNL: the writer says: “What’s the deal with the marzipan?” one night at 4 a.m., resulting in this very odd sketch. The British love marzipan on their Christmas cakes, and so British children will naturally have strong opinions about the crunchy, almondy treats, which are pronounced here as “marzipan”. The contrast between how enthusiastic these ankle-gnawers sound and the marzipan horror factoids they deliver makes it all the weirder.

No one is having a better season than Sarah Sherman. Last year, he was a Weekend Update scene stealer who had to be flexible at times. Recently, though, he’s starred in at least three showcase sketches, all of which have caught fire, while still killing it on Weekend Update and enjoying general visibility. That he hasn’t yet advanced from featured player to cast member just seems like category fraud. She’s in the zone here as the Jewish Elvis, the whimsical singer who sings light but complains heavy, it would be easy to exclude Austin Butler from praise. However, that would be wrong. Butler goes full Coffee Talk mode, only much stronger as the biggest Jewish Elvis fan. It’s the most fun he has all night, and his infectious enthusiasm nearly cracks most of the cast here. Whatever zizzaster is, this sketch is the opposite.

It’s been a minute since Bowen Young cut his teeth into a meaty character on Weekend Update, which makes his turn at Brene Brown quoting Krampus even more of an event. Luckily, he perfectly embodies the role of the Christmas demon who is just trying to live his best life. “You ever watch five straight hours of TV and turn around and you’ve eaten 40 kids.”) What Young does deftly here is amplify slogans from marginalized communities that are 10 seconds past their sell-by date. and deliver them as if his character were the first who ever uttered them. (“Sorry, my culture is not your dress.”) You can’t help but root for this over-the-top Krampus to get the me-time you deserve, and not just because it means he can stop gobbling. naughty children a little.

Last week’s “Don’t Break It Up” video may have been the first time the seams began to show; the first time the PDD guys’ bag of tricks actually felt like a bag of tricks. This week, however, the boys have perked up and are going all pocket, or rather plastic pants pocket. Their hard sell of plastic clothing begins with crazy frequency and evolves in unexpected ways, as all of their best videos do. As a bonus, Lizzo’s appearance here carries some continuity from her last PDD video, where she was incredibly attracted to Martin Herlihy. (They are now an item in this video world.)

Kristen Wiig’s memorable Liza Minnelli tries to turn off the light bulb, in tradition, Chloe Fineman does a fun on-deck impression and a perfectly flimsy excuse to take it out. This is what Jennifer Coolidge is. it’s easy to put your finger on his tics are, and they seem to have the ultimate Schwarzenegger likeability, but their barrier to entry is much higher than you might think. Go stand in front of the mirror and be Jennifer Coolidge for a few lines. Not as easy as it sounds, huh? Of course, Fineman makes it look easy because he adds syllables where they shouldn’t be and aggressively doesn’t know the song “Jingle Bells.”

• Speaking of impressions, Austin Butler. Not bad does in Goll!

• Surprisingly better than the Ezra link Trump NFT cold open It was the first joke of the entire episode, considering you had to be alive in 1995 and of MTV-watching age to remember that band at all. It’s also amazing that many of the Trump cards pictured here, like Trump as a cowboy, are actually real. The most amazing thing, of course, is that these cards were sold in one day, to the tune of 4.4 million dollars.

• I loved the delighted look on Butler’s face when his contestant guessed correctly. The phrase that paysalthough the sketch itself was average.

• Let’s admit it. “He is trying to scare us. that’s what sets him off” is perhaps the conclusion any we would be drawn to see a drunken man go through a It’s a wonderful life– the style Christmas epiphany.

• While we’re on the subject of hypotheticals, the Great Gatsby probably liked being greeted “on the curb,” as Colin Jost’s Great Aunt Pat (Heidi Gardner) suggests when visiting. Weekend Update Desk:.

• Lizzo’s second song of the night Officially released on YouTube as ‘One Day at Christmas (Amazon Music Original)’. Shout out to Jeff Bezos for the clearance I guessis Lizzo write Christmas music?

• No lie detected white elephant gift exchange sketch. Gift-giving should absolutely not be a blood sport, and stealing a gift that someone clearly cherishes is truly “mean as hell.”


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