Saturday Night Live: Bruno Mars (10/20/12)

Posted: October 21, 2012 by Brendan Wahl in SNL Reviews
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(Season 38, Episode 5)




BRUNO MARS: “Unorthodox Jukebox” (album)



COLD OPENING: Second Presidential Debate (10:36)

–      This was just as excellent as last week’s debate sketch with so many great spots it was hard to pick out what I liked best.

–      My favourite parts was Obama and Biden’s childish fighting throughout the sketch, Sudeikis stating that he gets to say “four more things” followed by Obama asking if he’s bothering Candy, Sudeikis threatening Obama to fight him outside, Taran as Tagg Romney, Sudeikis talking about all the birds he would kill in order to bring gas prices down, the legalities behind threatening a former Governor of Massachussetts, Obama giving Romney the finger (his 1-point plan), Obama and Romney’s answer regarding assault rifles, Romney pushing and prodding at Obama during his speech, and Romney stating that Obama has never used the phrase “terrorist act” followed by Obama dropping the mike.

–      Aidy Bryant finally got her biggest role yet… that of Candy Crowley. She did quite a good job here so kudos to her. She did a particularly good job during her introduction segment.

–      I liked all the undecided voters but Armisen’s character was probably the least funniest. Bobby Moynihan was especially good as the guy who wanted to fight the candidates but Kate McKinnon was hilarious and Cecily’s and TOM FREAKIN HANKS’ brief questions were awesome as well.

RATING: *****



MONOLOGUE: Bruno Mars (4:49)

–      As expected we have a song-and-dance monologue. Unexpectedly, Bruno turned out to be very likeable here and full of charisma. This definitely had tons of energy.

–      Bruno was brave at mentioning Timberlake. Way to make people draw the comparisons, bud.

–      I liked Kenan’s part with him wondering why Bruno sang about being a Fillipino girl and then also how they didn’t make it a monologue all about Bruno singing inappropriate lyrics.

–      The “New York guy” impression fell flat but that was pretty much the point.

RATING: *** ½



COMMERCIAL: Chanel No. 5 (1:08)

–      The first of many Brad Pitt ads strewn throughout the night, I enjoyed this first one with Taran questioning if there was really no script and then trying to sound less coherent.

–      Taran’s impression is so underrated.

RATING: ****



SHOW: Haters (3:49)

–      Is this a real show?

–      Umm, what the hell was this? I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it… and I didn’t really know what to think of this at all.

–      Cecily did a pretty good job as the host but I really liked Aidy, Jay, and Bill as the out of control audience members.

–      Bobby in drag was a hoot (“my skirt wasn’t big enough for my puss!”) and I also liked Tim Robinson seemingly being flabbergasted by the whole show followed by shaking his ass at the camera.

–      Bruno made a decent first sketch impression here too.




COMMERCIAL: Taco Bell (:48)

–      This one wasn’t as good as the first Brad Pitt ad but I did like how it seemed like it was going to be an ad about immigration and then turned into a cheap plug for Taco Bell.

–      I also dug the line about the food being good when you have eight children.

RATING: *** ½



SKETCH: Pandora Internet Radio (6:59)

–      Great showcase for Bruno Mars as I was considerably impressed by the many different musicians’ singing voices that he could pull off.

–      My favourite parts were Jason telling Bill to simply say yes after he made a cheap Rolling Stones jokes as well as the many voices that Bruno did like Green Day, Aerosmith, Louis Armstrong, and of course the many Michael Jackson songs. Also, everyone having a Michael Jackson glove ready for Bruno was absolutely ridiculous.

–      All the cheap little jokes at the beginning were amusing.

–      There was a minor blooper here with Bruno laughing a bit before his Louis Armstrong but it was still an accurate take on it along with Jason’s funny ad-lib (“not your best”).

–      The ending was funny too with Bruno’s character dying.

RATING: **** ½



FILM: Sad Mouse (3:11)

–      This was excellent. It was a great combination of humour and drama with a good performance from Bruno and an excellent one from Sudeikis.

–      The actual scenes of Bruno in the mouse costume were almost heartbreaking with no one waving back to him no matter how hard he tried. The part with him smoking was also a nice touch.

–      The letter from his dad made me laugh out loud.

–      Very nice sweet sentimental ending with Bruno finding a lady in a frog costume who was also not getting any attention as they both walked off together.

RATING: *****



MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Locked Out of Heaven” (3:41)

–      Well, the man certainly has energy and stage presence. That’s for damn sure. I  did enjoy this performance quite a bit as well.



WEEKEND UPDATE with Seth Meyers (10:11)

Guest: Stefon

–      Best Jokes: Second Presidential Debate; Romney/rural voters; Obama/Honey Boo Boo; mouth strip

–      I enjoyed Seth’s Debate Do’s and Don’ts segment. Lots of great lines here like Florida’s motto being “say it in my good ear,” the killed Bin Laden bit, and the bit about people milling about after the debate, making it look like a sad nightclub.

–      Stefon was back much to the delight of everyone and he was absolutely fantastic just like every appearance he ever makes. I especially liked him introducing himself to Seth as if they never met, Nick Nolte and Gabana, “or is it piss?,” Stefon’s rundown of what he does on Halloween, Hader finally cracking at the idea of Little Israel, “…my son…,” a human pinata (as well as Stefon saying fun-sized instead of the politically-incorrect term… midget), and Stefon’s ghost story.

–      Well, they kept Update relatively short this week with only one guest and that’s fine. That’s how it should be actually despite the fact that I have not grown sick of Seth unlike some viewers.

RATING: ****



SKETCH: Merryville Haunted Castle (3:08)

–      I still enjoy these sketches even though they are essentially the same thing over and over again with not much of a change in format.

–      Vanessa Bayer has been getting less and less screentime lately  ever since the premiere. It’s unfortunate and I wonder why that is.

–      Bruno did a good job as one of the robots.

–      The ending was hilarious with Tom Hanks as one of the robots that Bayer says has a kind face. Hanks’ response that he has heard that before was great.

RATING: *** ½



COMMERCIAL: Franklin’s Dog Condoms (:32)

–      Dog condoms?! What the hell?! What a great random punchline to this recurring segment. Still, it got a little weaker than the previous Brad Pitt sketch.




SKETCH: Yeti Point (4:11)

–      Odd sketch that gets points for weirdness but not much in the way of humour though. I do appreciate that they tried to take a different route with a premise-based sketch rather than another recurring character but it didn’t work out as well as they wanted it to.

–      I did get a few laughs out of Hader’s actions with the yeti outside the window as he got romantic with it while Bayer and Sudeikis made idle chit-chat inside the cabin.

–      I liked that Bruno’s character had an eyepatch and that he had a keyboard but no computer monitor in sight. Funny odd little details.




COMMERCIAL: Jonathan Zizmor M.D. (:28)

–      One more Brad Pitt ad thus violating the Rule of Three. This one was actually kinda lame though despite Killam still nailing the impression.




MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Young Girls” (3:46)

–      Stefon introducing Bruno Mars was pretty inspired.

–      Another solid performance. I like how this one was a bit more underplayed than the first.



COMMERCIAL: Donkey Punch the Ballot! (2:48)

–      I liked the fact that they brought this back and it was just as good as some of the editions from back in the day.

–      Loved Sixpence None the Richer being named among the other insane bands like Todd Akin and the Legitimate Rapes.

–      The Ass Dan twist with Butt Dave was good as it kept it from getting stale.

–      MC George Castanza… I still dig this role. However, Bruno’s part was alright.

–      Okay, the best parts were still definitely the Lincoln-Douglas debate with Linkin Park and Buster Douglas along with Kate McKinnon playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg doing a Borat impression.

RATING: ****





–      Jason Sudeikis/Jay Pharoah/Bruno Mars



A superb episode with lots of great sketches and a very surprisingly good performance from host Bruno Mars. Lots of good stuff in this week’s episode with not too much to complain about and it just continues to prove to me how strong this season has been looking since it started.


  1. Riley says:

    Both the opening presidential skit and the opening Monologue were my favorites from the show. Bruno Mars did great for his first time hosting! I was unable to see the show the other night since I was working late at DISH, so I set my Hopper to automatically record the show to the huge hard drive so I could watch it the next morning. I like that I can have the entire season on my DVR, and still have plenty of space left over. Bruno Mars is one of my favorite artists, and I hope to see him host again soon.

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