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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.