SNL Viewers Club: Jim Carrey & Iggy Azalea

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After three solid episodes, the latest show with comedic genius Jim Carrey was appallingly bad. Just want to let you know up front.

One thing to note before we get started is that writer Leslie Jones is now a featured player. I’ve brought up her standup before, so I approve. And honestly, she’s one the few, few highlights for this episode.

So let’s break this down. People like numbered scores, so I’ve chosen to rate every sketch at 0, 1/2, or 1 point. A sketch not worth watching at all receives a 0, a sketch that doesn’t stand out but didn’t totally flop gets a 1/2, and a sketch that does its job of entertaining and delivering a few laughs will earn 1 point. A standout sketch that goes above and beyond will receive the normal point plus 1 bonus point. Cool? Cool. Let’s talk about it!

Air Date: 10/25/14

Host: Jim Carrey

Musical Guest: Iggy Azalea

Cold Open: Ebloa Czar

Taran Killam has done wonders during his time at SNL, but this sketch was nothing more than the obligatory political comedy opener the writers have used as a crutch for far too long. There are a few chuckles to be found here at least. 1/2 point

Monologue

Once again, this is episode four, AND WE HAVE HAD THREE MUSICAL MONOLOGUES ALREADY. I don’t know what Andy Kaufman tribute Carrey was going for here, but his impression is weak and the musical number is too long and too painfully unfunny. If I could subtract points, I would. 0 points

Lincoln Ad

The “Helvis” impression was weak, and Carrey’s Matthew McConaughey was barely better. That said, this sketch, which aired in three parts across the show, ramped up to a level of “I did not see that coming” hilarity. 1 point

Carrey Family Reunion

Dear SNL writers,

If you bring Carrey out with an awful Elvis impression, then have him do an amatuer McConaughey, do NOT make the following sketch a series of embarrassingly bad impressions of Carrey himself. I appreciate the nod to Fire Marshall Bill and the Jeff Daniels cameo, but try to at least be funny while you stroke Mr. James Carrey’s ego. 1/2 point

Graveyard Song

Tired of music yet? Well here comes a poor “This Is Halloween” parody.  At least Paul and Phil made me laugh the first time they appeared on screen. 1/2 point

Weekend Update

Colin Jost and Michael Che were forced to save the show this weak, so I appreciate the solid jokes they told. Vanessa Bayer’s new character is decent, but the highlight has to be Bobby Moynihan’s Drunk Uncle meeting the–this is important to the joke–black Michael Che. 1 point

Secret Billionaire

I’m not sure why they titled this Dating Game-type sketch “Secret Billionaire” when there was no payoff on who the billionaire actually was. That said, it’s worth watching for the bizarre character Carrey plays. Still not that funny though. 1/2 point

Ghost Chasers

Jost and Che were half of the saving grace this week, with the other half being Leslie Jones. Her hamming it up and freaking out inside a haunted house cracked me up. 1 point

High School

No seriously, that’s the name of the sketch. Totally dead audience, and barely a chuckle the first time Carrey beats youngin’ Pete Davidson with a bat. 0 points

Halloween Party

First things first: Aidy Bryant is always good for a laugh. Now here comes the rant (which could apply to 75% of this episode). Two things are rarely–like less than 1% rare–funny in comedies: violence and musical numbers. This is a lesson I wish SNL would have learned when they aired those abhorrent sketches with dancing French teens. Here, we get nothing more than Kate McKinnen and Carrey scrambling around the 30 Rock studio in a very unfunny take on a remarkable music video (this one). This is twice I wish I could subtract points. 0 points

Geoff’s Halloween Emporium

Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong make a good team with their recurring Swarovski Crystals sketch, and this closer followed the same formula. Unfortunately, it wasn’t nearly as funny as its older sibling. And Carrey’s bloody, barfy finale was nothing more than “shock” value. 0 points

Total: 5/11 possible points

This episode is the stereotypical “SNL was funnier [insert earlier era here]” rant made real. It’s a disgrace to Carrey’s talent, the worst of the season so far, and will likely be the worst for the rest of it.

Tony is an Editor here at Laser Time, and he’d love for you to tell him he’s wrong on Twitter. If you’ve got an article you’d like to write, pitch it to him at lasertimesubmissions@gmail.com.

4 thoughts on “SNL Viewers Club: Jim Carrey & Iggy Azalea

  1. I think this episode had some major lows like you do, however Lincoln Ad and Halloween Party were fine. The impression was well done in terms of mannerisms and I enjoyed a parody of that music video. Granted I understand you feel the original video is remarkable and I found it silly and creepy so our views are guided from that starting point. (No bonus points for a Lorne appearance?)

    This show was hit and big misses, I enjoyed reading your takes and curious to read future reviews

  2. Weird. That last link (“This one”, about the music video) shows this link on my Chrome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vjPBrBU-TM

    but actually goes here, be it in the same tab or another one:

    http://www.lasertimepodcast.com/2013/03/24/watch-in-search-of-steve-ditko-now/?v=2vjPBrBU-TM

    Who’s crossing the streams? 😛 I don’t mind. I have something new to watch.

    Thanks for the article! Too bad SNL is kind of back to weak again. Here’s hoping next one gets better.

  3. Yeah, given Carrey’s previous two hosting gigs (the first of which was one of my favorite episodes of all time), this one didn’t really connect. I felt like South Park did the McConaughey spoof way better last week and the Carrey reunion and Ghost Chasers skits were the only memorable ones. I’d give this episode a C.

    Super-glad Leslie Jones has officially been made a part of the cast, though; she’s always been a hit during her guest appearances.

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