Jonah Hill And Saturday Night Live

March 11, 2012 by staff 

Jonah Hill And Saturday Night Live, Last night’s Jonah Hill hosted “Saturday Night Live” was “off.” Not “Lindsay Lohan” off, but it was still “off.” Put it this way: Sketches get cut. Often, this happens before dress rehearsal and the live show. Because of time, it also can happen at the end of the show. Though, I’ve never seen a sketch teased mid-commercial, then be cut by the time the commercial break ends. For whatever reason, that happened last night with what appeared to be a Sportscenter sketch right before The Shins’ second musical performance.

Regardless, “SNL” is off for the next three weeks — the longest break of the season — and there did seem to be a vibe in the air that the cast couldn’t wait for their vacation to begin. There was not even one must-see sketch.

Sketch of the Night

“Orchestra” (Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Ensemble) “He wrote ‘You’ like the letter ‘U’ — he was really ahead of his time.” Yeah, that line made me laugh. OK, look, I’m a sucker for sketches that involve the entire cast — especially when it involves the entire cast making its way into the audience, singing Coolio’s “I’ll C U When U Get There.” For their anniversary, Jonah Hill has an encore orchestra waiting at home for Kristen Wiig — an orchestra that plays Coolio. Here’s my guess: The Sportcenter sketch that was teased wound up being cut for time instead of this sketch because this sketch had the better, more jubilant, ending. And it’s nice knowing that Coolio will live until 3162. I’ll admit: The score for this sketch is based more on energy than humor. So be it. (Unfortunately, this sketch isn’t online. We’ll update the post later if it pops up.)

Score: 7.5

The Good

“Weekend Update” (Seth Meyers, Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader) OK, I actually liked Andy Samberg’s version of Sarah Palin, only because “SNL” is in a really tough position when it comes to her. Tina Fey’s version is so iconic, there’s no way anyone that’s actually a current cast member on the show can make a serious attempt to replace her. Anyway, whatever, the story is that Stefon is back — which, really, was no different than any other Stefon we’ve ever seen. I’m starting to think that people think Stefon is funny because it’s become conventional wisdom that Stefon is funny. Look, I’m not anti-Stefon, I just feel that it’s a well that’s dipped into way too often. Having said all of that, on a subpar show like last night’s, I was happy to see Stefon.

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