SNL Scorecard: Were Three Mark Zuckerbergs a Charm?
A "cocky" Jesse Eisenberg hosted last night's edition of Saturday Night Live, though his performance was a bit lost in the excitement from the worst kept secret of the week: The actor's first (OK, maybe second, considering that they most likely caught up during dress rehearsal) face-to-face meeting with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, whom Eisenberg portrayed in The Social Network. But, stunt cameos aside, how did the recent Oscar nominee fare?
Honestly, it almost felt like one of those weeks when so much attention is centered around one event that not only does the audience in general forget about the rest of the show, so do the writers. Anyway... on to the scorecard!
Sketch of the Night
"Mister Wizard" (Hader, Eisenberg, Pedrad, Elliott, Thompson): For those who remember Mr. Wizard, Hader (not surprisingly) does a very good impression of him. In this version, Mr. Wizard is none too happy when two of his students start inappropriately rubbing each other with balloons.
"El Shrinko" (Samberg, Eisenberg): "Arthur, your penis is huge. I hate that." The last sketch of the night -- and another headscratcher (no pun intended!) on why it wasn't aired earlier -- finds two young men who try to convince the world that their small penises were by choice, hence the large bottle of El Shrinko on display in their bedrooms.
"Don't Forget the Lyrics " (Sudeikis, Eisenberg): This was reasonably amusing. Not on Hulu, but Eisenberg plays a game show contestant who is shockingly bad at remembering easy lyrics.
"Jesse Eisenberg Monologue" (Eisenberg, Samberg, Zuckerberg): Before Zuckerberg and his bizarre overacting showed up onscreen, I was digging Eisenberg's "cocky" shtick. Unfortunately, it was lost in the proceedings considering that everyone knew Zuckerberg was going to show up at any second. All in all, sure: It was culturally significant. But anytime the real person shows up on SNL, they no longer are the joke, they become part of the joke and, unfortunately, something is always lost. But, hey, including Samberg, three Mark Zuckerbergs on stage!
"Herb Welch" (Hader, Sudeikis): Hey, Herb Welch is officially a recurring sketch! I know, not everyone likes Herb Welch: it's fairly straightforward, easy, and very one note. But it is fun to watch Hader try not to break character as a crusty old reporter who doesn't fully understand what story he's covering.
"Bride of Blackenstein" (Pharoah, Eisenberg, Thompson, Minaj): Wait a second! Is it? Is that Jay Pharoah doing a character and not an impression? Actually, it is, and his timing as a mad scientist who's not happy to find out that his new creation has the ability to speak and is a former DMV employee is pretty on the mark. Unfortunately, Nicki Minaj's timing is, well, not.
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