This music video from last night’s Christmas episode of “Saturday Night Live,” featuring all of the female cast members singing about bring their boyfriends home for Christmas and getting it on in their childhood bedrooms, definitely cracked me up. But it also brought out my holiday blues. Because I don’t have a boyfriend to bring home for the holidays. And I don’t actually have a home to go back to either, because my parents divorced, the house I grew up in was sold, and my mom lives in a tiny apartment in Brooklyn. That means no childhood bedroom with a twin bed to fuck in with any future boyfriends either. So yeah, I’m laughing, but I’m also feeling pouty about not being able to participate in this holiday ritual. Sigh. It’ll pass.
Got plans tonight? Cancel them! Or at least be home in time for “Saturday Night Live,” because it’s the Christmas episode and Jimmy Fallon is hosting, with musical guest Justin Timberlake. Jimmy will no doubt have a new Christmas jingle to debut, and JT will surely be bringin’ it on down to Something-ville, so I predict much giggling is ahead. Check out their promos above!
Lady Gaga was a solid host of last night’s “Saturday Night Live,” delivering a cheeky musical-inspired opening monologue and nailing her role in nearly every sketch. I especially enjoyed her portrayal of a frumpy Apple store employee appearing as a guest on “Wake Up With Kimye” (a show I wish was real because I would totally watch it). But Gaga really brought the LOLZ when she was joined onstage by R. Kelly to perform their song “Do What U Want,” which involved the two singers, like, simulating really awkward sex. The dry humping! The pushups! The fumbling ass slapping! This is the strangest sexual encounter R. Kelly’s had since, well, you know.
After weeks, nay, months … nay, yeaaaaars of complaints from critics, viewers and cast member about the lack of any Black female cast members on “Saturday Night Live,” the comedy show final addressed its diversity problem on last night’s episode, hosted by “Scandal”‘s Kerry Washington (the first Black woman to host the show since early 2012). In the cold open, Washington played both Michelle Obama and Oprah, requiring her to change off screen in a direct nod to cast member Kenan Thompson’s recent refusal to continue playing any Black female characters in drag. The opener cheekily made use of the show’s bounty of white male cast members, sending out six of them as a bunch of Matthew McConaugheys. It was a funny start to what was otherwise a lackluster and at times cringeworthy episode. While Washington did her best with the material, the episode underscored “SNL”‘s need not only for a more diverse cast, but a more diverse writing team as well. Never was it more painfully obvious that the writer’s room at “SNL” is stocked with thirtysomething white dudes. That pageant sketch? Lord, help me. Keep reading »
The best part of last night’s Edward Norton-hosted “Saturday Night Live” was this digital short, a mock trailer for the Wes Anderson-directed horror flick, “The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders.” It features all of the classic Wes Anderson tropes: actors like Owen Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tilda Swinton, and Danny Glover; a pair of precocious children; cutesy, diorama-like sets; an array of artfully presented weapons, like a picture of Edith Piaf and a protractor; a totally twee plot; and, of course, a stop-motion mouse. Only this time, a scary murderer is on the loose. Watch above!