|I love this guy, but he isn't exactly an edgy character.|
The Importance of Being Earnest...When Hosting
monologue on Saturday he started off in a relatively tame manner, discussing how he could be, "Mildly racist," but then eventually moved into the territory of talking about child predators. He discussed how the fact they could face such severe consequences but still do it must mean it is really enjoyable to them, and he cannot fathom ever loving something so much as they love molestation. It was admittedly crass and inappropriate, it caused controversy, and it was more amusing for shock value than content, but damn am I glad SNL let him do it for no other reason than for a brief moment this season the show, as I've said I want to see it do, "Went there." It did what entertainment is sometimes supposed to do to us--make us uncomfortable, make us a little angry, and get us thinking. It helped SNL stop being toothless for a moment, and give us a bit of bite. The only other time I felt that nibble was maybe during the big special that happened this year, where when some of the older cast appeared along with past hosts we got some pointed joke (I loved the slam against Fox news for being a network of pretty blondes, "Reading the fake news," that hit hard).
I Want to Feel!
|An SNL character that has actually told some shocking jokes.|
Remember his riff on Woody Allen?
3 out of 5 stars for the overall season, including the special.