SNL Viewers Club: Michael Keaton with Carly Rae Jepsen

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Birdman, Batman, and Beetlejuice — Michael Keaton hosted Saturday Night Live this week!

I guess Keaton hosted on the (late) heels of Birdman’s Best Picture win, so I’ll take the opportunity to say you should watch that movie if you haven’t already. You’ll see a lot more of Keaton there compared to his “hosting” gig here…

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: 4/4/15

Host: Michael Keaton

Musical Guest: Carly Rae Jepsen

NCAA Tournament Cold Open

It’s a shame the openers rarely do anything interesting. This sports sketch (at least it wasn’t politics) was no exception, adding nothing to current events. At least Bobby Moynihan’s bit was entertaining. 0 points

Monologue

After some strong Chris Farley Show vibes at the beginning,  Jay Pharoah’s interruptions were golden. I wasn’t happy with the singing (I’ve done that rant before), but I’ll give props for the pre-taped bits at the end. And you probably noticed that Keaton barely had anything to do in his own monologue — this trend continued for the whole episode. 1/2 point

CNN Newsroom

An excellent take on the stupidity of CNN’s animated bits. The sketch ramped up perfectly with puppets and performance art too. 1 point

Prom Queen

Anything from Mike O’Brien is great, and this She’s All That riff was a home run. You could even call it a jab at the teacher-student sex scandals that never seem to stop. Well done. 1 point

Easter Hotline

This was a great riff on those “sexy chat lines” we’re all familiar with. Sasheer Zamata’s lines between phone calls were perfectly delivered too. 1 point

Ad Agency

I’m again reminded of SNL sketches of yesterday, specifically Rachel Dratch’s Abe Scheinwald. Keaton was a hilariously sexist douche bag throughout, although the belly button piercing gag seemed a little out of place. 1 point

Neurotology Music Video

Yes, we all know Scientology is a scam and a joke. Aesthetically, the sketch perfectly mirrored old-school VHS tape PSAs, and the annotations on church members were mostly great. 1 point

Weekend Update

Colin Jost and Michael Che opened with great jokes and kept them going throughout Update — good on them. Pete Davidson’s standup wasn’t his best this week, but the Norman Reedus cameo was well done. Taran Killam’s Jebidiah Atkinson didn’t bring anything new to the table, but he’s still full of zingers that make that audience alternately laugh and gasp. 1 point

Smart Home

And here’s your token post-Update weirdness. There were a few good lines, but a lot more dead air. At least the writers tried something different. 1/2 point

Easter Candy

A lot of old sketches came back this week, and the final was no exception — once upon a time, Steve Buscemi did the same bit with Christmas ornaments. That said, there were some great punch lines for the random items in the Easter basket. 1 point

Total: 8/10 possible points

Michael Keaton felt weirdly absent from this episode, but overall the sketches got some good laughs. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a shrunken head to take care of…

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