"Saturday Night Live" bashing is all the rage on the Interwebs. The show has produced a number of clunkers this season, which ends this week with host Ben Affleck joining the Five Timers Club. Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis are will be making their farewell appearances as a cast members, leaving the options wide open for which of their favorite characters we'll see exit stage right.
Stefon, we'll miss you. The versatility of both Hader and Sudeikis will leave a very talented hole for next season's newcomers.
Seth Meyers was officially tapped as Jimmy Fallon's replacement on "Late Night" but said this week he'll stick around for the first half of next season.
According to the Interwebs, the biggest buzz heading into this week's show is the unpredictability and sour puss of Kim Kardashian's soon-to-be-baby daddy, Kanye West, who is the musical guest, in this week's promos (see above). Nice Band-Aid, Kanye. The bandage is an homage to his incident with the paparazzi-triggered incident last week where he met a street sign head first. West said he won't be doing any humorous sketches on SNL this week. His personal life is often funny enough.
With the season coming to a close, we thought it would be fun and funny to take a look back at the best moments of the season. Not worth it to catalog the worst. Just think "The Californians" and hosts Kevin Hart, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruno Mars.
Here are 10 things we liked about the show season. Expect Affleck to come out tonight in a "Boston Strong" Red Sox or Bruins' shirt and leave us laughing until the fall.
1. Best Overall Show of the Season: Melissa McCarthy:
There's nothing she can't do funny and showed it with her second appearance as host.
Her take on the Mike Rice-Rutgers' basketball scandal in the "Outside the Lines" spoof was the single funniest moment of the season.
And her love of ham was also deliciously hilarious.
The rest of the season's top five in order (pending Affleck tonight): Christoph Waltz, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Timberlake and Seth MacFarland.
2. Best Monologue of the Season: Seth MacFarland
Although the first line fell crushingly flat, Seth MacFarland and the SNL crew saved the best for first. The bit was flat-out funny from start to finish. MacFarland's monologue featured all of pals, including Peter, Stewie and Brian Griffin,and Glenn Quagmire from "Family Guy," Roger Smith "American Dad!" along with George Takei, Droopy the Dog, Marty McFly and Kermit the Frog. In that episode, Jay Pharoah assumed the presidency from from Arimsen as well.
3. Best "Weekend Update" Guest: Ray Lewis.
Kenan Thompson killed it.
4. Best Cold Opening: Silent Night Christmas Show
This one brought out chills, tears and goose bumps. Completely unexpected and 100 percent class. It was the New York Children's Chior signing just days after the killings at Sandy Hook:
5. Biggest Risk: The Obama-Martin Luther King Cold Open
"Saturday Night Live" has a long-faded reputation for pushing the limits of political satire. This sketch came in the wake of Obama's inauguration on Martin Luther King day. Something that could have been tremendously tasteless was absolutely hilarious, especially the Beyonce line.
What was up with those bangs, anyway?
6. Best Cameos: Justin Timberlake's Five Timers Monologue
Any time you can get two original cast members (Chevy Chase and Dan Ackroyd) along with first -season hosts Candice Bergen and Paul Simon in the same sketch (Steve Martin's first of his 15 times hosting was in 1976), you're dropping some solid TV history on the audience.
Affleck has a tough act to follow tonight.
7. Best Live Sketch: It's A Date
The "wild and crazy" Czech brothers (Martin and a slightly larger Ackroyd) battled for the heart of a lovely lady against an overmatched Bobby Moynihan and the "D-k In The Box" brothers (Andy Samberg and Timberlake.)
Three generations of SNL excellence. It shows both the past and potential of this show.
8. Best Political Sketch: The Vice Presidential Debate:
Almost as funny as real life. Sudeikis was spectacular as both Joe Biden and GOP candidate Mitt Romney. The Romney-Obama campaign debates and "Weekend Update" appearances were all excellent. The 2008 campaign turned into the Tina Fay-Sarah Palin show. In 2012, SNL packed a surprisingly bi-partisan political punch.
9. Best Filmed Sktech: "Djesus Uncrossed"
As a Christian, I was laughing like hell the first three times I saw this one to be offended. The "H" is silent. Never knew ex-Nazis could be so funny. The Christoph Waltz episode was No. 2 on the season's best list.
"When you get to heaven, say 'hi' to my dad."
10. Funniest Cast Member: Pharoah
It helps when you've got the president nailed down but his range of characters and this Stephen A. Smith clip might gives him the edge over Kate McKinnon and the soon-to-be departed Hader.
And no matter what Kayne does does, or doesn't do this week, we'll be live blogging this week's show right here and we'll have a full review with legal embeds once they become available.
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