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Daniel Radcliffe Snl Recap

January 15, 2012 by staff 

Daniel Radcliffe Snl RecapDaniel Radcliffe Snl Recap, “I tried, and therefore, no one should criticize me.” That was one of the lines uttered by Daniel Radcliffe‘s hopelessly ambitious character Brad during the people-with-no-self-awareness sketch “You Can Do Anything.” Still, the sentiment certainly applies to Radcliffe’s effort as a first-time Saturday Night Live host. While the show itself was certainly worthy of criticism (as was musical guest Lana Del Rey, but more on that in a bit) it’s hard to rag on The Woman in Black star, who gave it his all in spite of working with some rather subpar material. Read on for the sketch-by-sketch rundown of last night’s disappointing episode.

Last night’s SNL kicked off with a tepid cold open featuring a flat Jason Sudeikis as an even flatter Mitt Romney, which lamely addressed his troublesome firing comment. (Wouldn’t a meeting with fire-happy Donald Trump have been better here?) Things picked up once an enthusiastic Radcliffe hit the stage for his spirited opening monologue in which he shared with the audience his trepidations about doing a Harry Potter sketch. (Don’t worry, it still happened.) Radcliffe earned some solid laughs, but it was Taran Killam who stole the whole thing (something the rising star seems to be doing more and more of each week) with his version of a displeased Dumbledore. Watch as Snooki and “The Situation” drop in for a visit during the monologue, too:

While Sudeikis’ Romney had no bite, his impression of a lip-biting Ricky Gervais was somewhat more on-point. His Golden Globes sketch should have been a scathing parody, but all it did was make me more excited to watch Gervais unleash hell during tonight’s festivities. Then again, I can’t really diss a sketch that shows the endlessly amusing Brendan Fraser clap clip.

Despite Kristen Wiig’s best efforts, it may be time to lay off the Target Lady. (Maybe this is where Mitt Romney could have actually been of some use.) It was amusing to watch Bill Hader’s deranged boss (who looks an awful lot like the one he played in the criminally underrated Adventureland) hit on Mullet-ed Radcliffe, but the recurring sketch has officially started to run its course. Still, for anyone who didn’t get to the chance to see Equus, seeing Radcliffe tear his shirt open must have come as a treat.

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