However, ever since Donald Trump won the presidency (and let's ignore the debacle that was his hosting gig whilst running for President) the program has gotten a bit of its old edge from the early days back. Not a ton of edge, mind you, but enough. When the whole damn country seems to have gone mad and elected a certifiable moron just speaking the plain truth can seem ballsy. Alec Baldwin's impression of Trump, for better or worse, has sparked an immense amount of public discourse, gotten a lot of attention, and has been supported by some great work from the cast or other guest-actors. SNL can at times rely a little too much on stunt-casting a celebrity for a role as opposed to just letting that week's host have much of the fun however, and that issue was on full display Saturday.
|Matt Damon's sputtering and angry portrayal of Kavanaugh was spot-on.
I don't want to discuss Kanye, Ye, or whatever name he wants to be called these days, as I've already previously made clear my feelings about him based on recent actions. That said, he was a last-minute booking to replace Ariana Grande (cast-member Pete Davidson's new fiancee, which was the subject of some jokes too) when she couldn't do the show and the whole thing seemed messy and slapped together. Whether he barely was present for, "I Love It," with fellow rapper on the record, Lil' Pump, outside of dressing like a bottle of sparkling water, or kind of stood around for the second song with Teyana Taylor (whose top basically displayed all of her breasts for everyone to see, so that was interesting), and then had some assorted guests for the third bit he worked-in whilst he again did nothing, it was a mess. Then again, isn't everything with Kanye frankly a mess now?
|Adam Driver in heavy makeup as a ruthless old oil baron at career day was just weird enough to work.