SNL 41: Fred Armisen Review
Last night's season finale of SNL managed to bring the laughs, and had one of the funniest sketches in recent memory. Fred Armisen returned, along with a few other SNL alums to actually outshine the rest of the cast. It is always nice to see old faces, so long as they don't completely take over the show.
Most of the sketches found a good balance of new to old, but the Digital Short was quite indulgent. However, it only made me want another Mike O'Brien short. The last taste we got was in the Russell Crowe episode last month. Not that Sandberg's Digital Shorts are bad, far from it, but after releasing over a hundred of them in the past decade, it would be a good time to retire them and let Mike O'Brien and the Good Neighbor duo of Mooney Bennet shine.
Sketch of the Night
Farewell Mr. Bunting
This entire sketch, my mind was racing to discover what the twist would be. Was Mr. Bunting actually a pedophile? Was his teaching actually that bad? But, the writers pulled the greatest twist ever on this Dead Poet's Society spoof that has Pete Davidson get decapitated by a ceiling fan. It was a one joke sketch, but boy, did the joke pay off.
Joke of the Night
"I'd love to watch an episode of Law and Order with Donald Trump. The first guy that walks in 'He did it, 100%'. And I'm like, Donald, that's Ice T. -Colin Jost"
Recurring Character Watch
Regine is a snooty, sex-crazed cross-dressing Fred Armisen character that made her triumphant return last night. The sketch was fairly similar to the OG Regine sketches, hitting all the same beats. But, man, did this particular sketch make everyone in the cast crack up. I think this is the first time Vanessa Bayer has broke on the show, or at least, in recent memory. Meanwhile, Aidy Bryant continues her breaking streak that started with Kate Mckinnon's abduction sketches. Actually, the tale end of this season has been quite heavy in the breaking-department.
Aidy managed to be in three sketches this episode, and lead the always off-kilter High School Theatre Show. Since the Girlfriend Talk show has been absent from the show, Aidy hasn't really had a recurring character, so it is nice to see her nameless high school student get some screen time. She also get's some good reaction shots in during her appearances as a history teacher and the host of a party.