She’s been a princess and Superman’s arm candy, and now she’s returned to Saturday Night Live for another go at hosting. How did Miss Adams fare?
Last week’s stellar outing with Martin Freeman set a high bar, but it’s not the only hurdle this week’s show had to overcome. With this being the last show before a month-long break, the writers had to fight against phoning it in for their last effort of 2014. Quite a conundrum…
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: 12/20/14
Host: Amy Adams
Musical Guest: One Direction
Sam Smith/Dr. Evil Cold Open
Well this sketch took a turn quickly. Let me say I’m so proud of the writers for going this route instead of doing a by-the-numbers routine with Bobby Moynihan as Kim Jung-Un or Jay Pharoah as President Obama. Well done. 1 point
I guess I should have expected a trite musical number for the holiday. At least Adams can sing, and I appreciate inter-cutting the song with a cameo and some reindeer Chippendales men. But at the end of the day, it’s still a lame Christmas number. Is there anything worse? 1/2 point
Asian American Doll
Mini rant: today’s political correctness climate is a buzzkill for comedy and artistic expression. Thank you, SNL, for subverting that. 1 point
Though it dragged on a bit too long, this was a smart parody of one of the top podcasts out there. Props to Adams for her hilariously naive mom. 1 point
Girl Friends Talk Show with Amy Adams and One Direction
This is one of the few recurring sketch that hasn’t been overused, and Aidy Bryant KILLS it every time*. Not even a cheap cameo from my sister’s favorite boy band brought this one down. 1 point
*If you frequent this column, you know my fanboy-ism for Miss Bryant. There’s your full disclosure.
Office Christmas Party
It’s a pretty accurate take on office parties, but nothing really stands out. 1/2 point
Lots of good jokes from the Colin Jost and Michael Che team this week (they had plenty of fodder with The Interview fiasco). And we didn’t get him in the cold open, but you know Bobby Moynihan had to show up as Kimmy at some point. Props to the Update crew for subverting the usual role of a guest with this one. Keenan Thompson had me cracking up too, with his hilariously tragic Willie. On the flip side, I thought we were well past the god-awful Garth and Kat. I guess not. And we were so close to a perfect update… 1 point
A Very Cuban Christmas
There’s a weird pattern of weak sketches immediately following Update. This one was a parade of bad accents except for Kate McKinnon’s brief bit, but I sadly have no quarter point score to give. 0 points
I can’t find a word to describe this beyond “weird,” but it made me laugh throughout. PS – WHAT WAS WITH THAT ENDING!? 1 point
Cat Rescue Commercial
This sketch was weak the first time, but it was full of genuinely funny lines this time around. The Adams-McKinnon pairing was quite endearing. 1 point
Total: 8/10 possible points
A solid episode overall; shows have definitely gone to break on worse. I’m excited to see where the crew picks up next month with the ever energetic Kevin Hart.