Saturday Night Live: Jennifer Lawrence/The Lumineers (1/19/13)

Posted: January 20, 2013 by Brendan Wahl in SNL Reviews
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(Season 38, Episode 11)

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WHAT THEY’RE PROMOTING:

JENNIFER LAWRENCE: “Silver Linings Playbook”

THE LUMINEERS: “The 55th Annual Grammy Awards” (nominated for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album)

 

 

COLD OPENING: Piers Morgan Tonight (5:48)
Piers Morgan Tonight

–      Nice to see this sketch again. I’ve always liked Taran’s hilarious impression of Piers Morgan and there were definitely enough scandals in the news this week for this sketch to cover.

–      Killam’s bit about Lance being the most vile person on Earth and how happy he is to have him was pretty accurate satire of the guy.

–      Sudeikis was hilarious as Lance Armstrong and I just knew he was going to have some sort of violent outburst at one point, which he did to terrific effect. I also liked his half-assed apology for the whole thing and his denial of ever calling anyone a fat bitch despite the fact that he just finished yelling about that very thing.

–      Bobby was also very funny as Manti Te’o with the dopey expression on his face the entire time. I loved how he just didn’t seem to understand the hoax involving his “dead girlfriend Lynette.”

–      Finally, Kate McKinnon makes her only real appearance of the night as Jodie Foster. This was another good segment and McKinnon’s impression is still very funny. I also liked the little meta-reference to Molly Shannon’s Sally O’Malley character from back in the day.

RATING: ****

 

 

MONOLOGUE: Jennifer Lawrence (3:15)
Monologue

–      Jen seemed a bit stiff throughout the monologue and overall it wasn’t really that great although I did dig a couple of the cut-a-ways to Hader’s pissed off Tommy Lee Jones.

–      The insults of the other Oscar nominees is where the monologue faltered a bit. I did like some of the gags like the girl from Beasts of the Southern Wild being told that “the alphabet called. They want their letters back…” and it was sort of amusing for Lawrence to then follow up these insults by saying how much she respected them all.

RATING: **

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Verismo (1:50)
Starbucks

–      This was a pretty cliché joke but I liked it anyway mainly because of Bayer’s performance and also how accurate the whole thing was as a representation of Starbucks workers.

–      Jay’s voice was also used to great effect here as the actual machine.

–      The accessories were funny as well.

RATING: ***

 

 

SHOW: Girlfriends Talk Show (4:26)
Girlfriends Talk Show

–      I expected them to bring this back at some point but I was a little worried that this would just end up being the same joke as the first one with Cecily liking the new girl more than Aidy, her best friend. And you know what? It was pretty much the same thing. I still liked it quite a bit though.

–      Jennifer did pretty good here as the goth girl.

–      Again, Bryant was the best part of this sketch but that’s not to slight the other two performers. I definitely enjoyed Cecily’s bizarre story about her boyfriend wanting to watch her put her face in an empty portrait and eat Caesar Salad for five hours.

–      I also liked Aidy’s shirt with the pin of her dead guinea pig on it.

–      Is anyone else disappointed that J-Law and Cecily didn’t make out when she hinted at it?

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SKETCH: Hunger Games Press Conference (4:51)
Hunger Games Press Conference

–      Pretty sure this was written by James Downey.

–      There seem to be a lot of differing opinions on this sketch and I think I’m in the camp of thinking that while it wasn’t a classic or anything it was certainly an enjoyable sketch. It kinda reminded me of the New York Times sketch that Downey wrote back in Season 34 where parts of it worked but the whole thing just stretched for a bit too long. The sketch made some good points about how weak Peta was as a character too.

–      Moynihan’s character made me laugh with his constant questions about food and how he could get some refreshments.

–      Killam also made me laugh as Peta even though he barely said anything and just looked shy and awkward. Still, he made it work very well.

–      Tim Robinson’s confusion over the other contestants dying was worth a chuckle as well.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

COMMERCIAL: The Hobbit (3:09)
The Hobbit

–      Very funny stuff poking fun at The Hobbit being separated into three movies. I liked the various fake Hobbit sequels and credit has to be given to the awesome production design and detail that went into this piece.

–      The critic reviews were pretty funny too especially when Ebert stated that they chased after Gandalf’s hat for two entire movies.

–      The technical glitch when the film momentarily stopped was really strange. Also, the announcer says “The Hobbit 8” when “The Hobbit 10” was really on the screen.

RATING: ****

 

 

SKETCH: Mean Waitress (3:40)
Mean Waitress

–      Not bad at all.

–      Lawrence’s best performance of the night was in this sketch as the cold and calculating waitress who isn’t “fun mean” like the rest of the staff but rather just a nasty and cold-blooded person.

–      My favourite part was “that water is from the toilet” and Jennifer laughing with another couple of customers and then flashing a knife when Bobby looks over.

–      The sketch needed a better ending though.

RATING: ***

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Ho Hey” (2:35)
The Lumineers1

–      I will admit that the constant yelling of “ho!” and “hey!” got on my nerves a bit but the performance was fine.

 

 

WEEKEND UPDATE with Seth Meyers (7:57)

Guest: Anthony Crispino
update1 update2 update3 update4 update5 update6

–      Best Jokes: Lance Armstrong/Manti Te’o; Manti Te’o/Samoan Mormon; Gun Appreciation Day; pilots/mobile devices; Ann Romney/DWTS; deaf man stabbed

–      Anthony Crispino stops by with the second-hand news and it’s the first time we’ve seen him in over a year. I enjoyed this though because it’s been quite a while since he’s been around and it seems absence makes the heart grow fonder. My favourite bit was the one about the “Depp Ceiling.” I also really liked how both he and Seth were using the high voices for a minute.

–      Pretty short Update this week compared to the usual 10-15 min. Updates we’ve been getting for a long while.

RATING: ****

 

 

SHOW: Top Dog Chef (4:31)
Top Dog Chef

–      This was an insane sketch but I really enjoyed it. The performances were solid from everyone, especially Bobby as the trashy dog. Bobby’s been having an awesome night thus far and here he kinda reminded me of a female Mark Payne.

–      I enjoyed the preview of upcoming shows at the beginning of the sketch.

–      It looked like Jason was about to crack up at one point.

–      The detail of Mario Barktali wearing crocs was pretty funny.

RATING: ****

 

 

SKETCH: B108 FM (5:15)
B108 FM

–      Unlike Girlfriends Talk Show, I NEVER expected this to come back. It wasn’t very good the first time but at least this time they had a much better host and the parts with Vanessa were the definite highlight.

–      Jennifer’s terrible freestyle rhymes were pretty funny. Just like in the monologue though, J-Law did seem a bit stiff in this sketch. Overall I’d say she did a pretty decent job throughout the night though.

–      I also really liked the bit where they quietly waited for a caller.

RATING: ***

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Stubborn Love” (4:52)
The Lumineers2

–      Better than the previous song (seems to be a theme this season).

 

 

FILM: Danielle (3:19)
Danielle

–      This was so fucking weird. I can’t even really do a lengthy review of it because I don’t really even know what to talk about. It wasn’t awful but it wasn’t really that funny either. I’m not really sure… it seems like they forgot to put jokes in this.

–      I guess Jennifer dancing in front of the children was funny.

RATING: ** ½

 

 

SKETCH: Civil War Love Letters (3:52)
Civil War Correspondence

–      Very entertaining sketch and my favourite of the night. I loved Tim’s performance here and it’s nice to see him get his own sketch, albeit in the ten-to-one slot. It was a nice surprise too because at first I thought it was gonna be a rehash of the ten-to-one sketch from the Zooey Deschanel episode from last season.

–      Tim’s repeated lines about sending him a “tit pic” had me laughing for quite a while.

–      I also like the ending twist with Tim announcing that he was “shot… for treason!”

RATING: **** ½

 

Goodnights
goodnights

 

 

BEST PERFORMER(S) OF THE NIGHT:

–      Bobby Moynihan

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Good show with plenty of highlights, a decent performance from our host, and the musical guests were alright as well. A lot of the sketches that I initially didn’t think too much of were given a serious re-thinking upon second glance and mostly improved in my eyes.

 

TONIGHT’S RATING: *** ½

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