Harvard grad Colin Jost brought a little bit of bit of obnoxious Boston fandom to his first night co-hosting "Weekend Update" with Cecily Strong on this week's episode of NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
Joust, who was first hired as
the show's head an SNL writer in 2005 at the age of 22, took over for Seth Meyers as co-anchor. He became the show's head writer in 2012. Meyers replaced Jimmy Fallon as "Late Night" host last week. SNL was back live after a four-week Olympics-inspired absence.
After commenting that Jason Collins of the Nets became the first openly-gay player in team pro sports, Jost responded in his best-worst Boston accent: "Said Red Sox fans, How about Jeetah?"
Also making news this week was the 50th anniversary of Pop-Tarts, "the official breakfast of kids whose parents are in way over their heads."
Jost is from Staten Island and aptly appears in the upcoming film "Staten Island Summer." He called his new SNL gig a "dream come true."
Charles Barkley [Kenan Thompson] and Shaquille O'Neal [Jay Pharoah] stopped by to talk about Collins joining the Nets. "He's terrible," Barkley said. "He played 25 minutes and got three fouls, you know what I'm talking about Shaq? ... The Nets know he's not going to be that good, they only gave him a 10-day contract. I take longer naps than that."
Jost's timing was jittery at first, but he quickly settled into his role. His boyish, soft face and dead-pan delivery could work just as well delivering "real" news as it did on the anchor desk once inhabited by the likes of Chevy Chase, Dennis Miller, Tina Fey and Fallon.
Nineteenth-century speech and drama Critic Jebidiah Atkinson [Taran Killam] returned to review this year's Oscar nominees for best picture. "They are the worst movies ever," he said. "'Dallas Buyers Club' ... sell."
His take on "Gravity": "If I wanted to watch a depressed middle-aged woman float around for 90 minutes, I'd got to the YWCA pool."
He also reviewed many of the great Oscar winners of the past including "The Godfather" - "I wish I was that horse." - "Annie Hall" - "I'd rather let Woody Allen watch my kids than watch this movie again." and "Forrest Gump" - "Do you know which characters I envied the most, Lt. Dan's legs because they got to leave early."
He even performed a little card-balancing magic:
The thrill of live television.
Jim Parsons of the "Big Bang Theory" hosted and opened as the ever-flamboyant Johnny Weir making a guest appearance on "The Ellen Show" [played brilliantly as usual by the immensely-talented Kate McKinnon].
"It's so good to see your 42-year-old faces."
During his monologue, Parsons went way out of his way to explain that he's not entirely like the character he portrays on the hit CBS show. Surprisingly, he's not a scientist nor does he speak Klingon. "I'm not that guy," Parsons sang. "I'm much more than that geek who's on your screen 12 times a week."
The audition for "12 Years a Slave" was bold, daring and funny.
Casting hostile slave owners can be a challenge.
The bulk of the show was filled with pedestrian and unmemorable skits. Parsons played a variety of characters and showed plenty of diverse skills, unfortunately none of the writing could support what talent be brought to the Studio 8H stage.
The highlight was a filmed commercial for the "Bird Bible" which still fell short of any real laughs and failed to carry through on what might have been compelling and humorous had it been given flushed out.
Beck was the musical guest, singing "Wave" and "Blue Moon," which you can watch here.
Lena Dunham hosts next week.
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