SNL Scorecard: Miley Cyrus' Show Was Not 'Pretty Cool'
Anytime Saturday Night Live brings on a "young, hip" entertainer, they have a history of dumbing down their material for the mass audience -- which is exactly what happened last night with host Miley Cyrus. It's obvious that there's a concerted effort to appeal to the 16-year-old out there who has never watched SNL before, but was watching last night because Cyrus was hosting -- a Cyrus, I should add, who came off a bit smug at times (her monologue is a good example) and seemed to never really win over the studio audience.
Actually, in some ways it's hard to blame SNL; any show that's been on this long has to cultivate future viewers. Unfortunately, it leaves us, the people who watch every week, with a fairly uninspired show that was more interested in headlines -- "Hey, Miley Cyrus played Justin Bieber! Isn't that wonderful!" -- than decent sketch comedy. Put it this way: I suspect that people who don't really pay attention to SNL, really liked last night's SNL. On to the pretty ugly scorecard...
Sketch of the Night
"Les Jeunes de Paris" (Killam, Pedrad, Cyrus): Frankly, the only thing about last night's episode that made me happy was the fact the "Les Jeunes de Paris" has now officially become a recurring sketch. Perhaps this was also Cyrus's best sketch because she wasn't allowed to speak English. Also: Taran Killam is slowly becoming the star of SNL.
"Weekend Update" (Meyers, Sudeikis, Moynihan): Admittedly, I'm not really sure if this week's "Update" was really that good or just a reprieve from everything else going on around it. Moynihan's Anthony Crispino and Sudeikis' Devil characters are always welcome sights. Meyers' "Winner/Losers" commentary on the Charlie Sheen situation was light-years better than the cold open that already seemed dated (we'll get to that).
"Beastly" (Samberg, Cyrus, Pedrad, Brittain): "Did you vote for me because just because I'm the rich, popular, good looking guy? Hell yeah!" Samberg has now portrayed both Sir Ben Kingsley and now Gene Hackman during fake movie trailers during this season of SNL. This time, a handsome man is cursed to a life of looking beastly -- which looks an awful lot like Justin Beiber's roommate from a couple of episodes ago. Also, a Rango reference!
"Disney Channel Acting School" (Cyrus, Thompson, Ensemble): This one started off fairly weak but gained momentum as it went along. Placing it into the "good" category was the "mastering of classic Disney Channel moves": "Eating then freezing," "reacting to stinky feet," "spying in a doorway" and "entering on a scooter."
"TCM Classics: The Sound of Music" (Armisen, Sudeikis, Ensemble) Not anywhere near as good as Armisen's first entry into this now recurring sketch, The Wizard of Oz. Look, there's an interesting idea here -- placing an oddball into the Von Trapp family -- but ultimately all this sketch comes down to is, "Hey, I'm Hispanic and I speak in a Hispanic accent. Hilarious, right?" In fairness, Armisen was really into this sketch (which isn't on Hulu) -- he even made the Nazis laugh.
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