Friday, September 7, 2018

Emmy Episodes: Saturday Night Live

It’s always my policy to watch every Emmy-nominated episode each year, which leads me to sample a handful of shows that I don’t tune in to on a regular basis. For the third year in a row, I’m making a special effort to spotlight each of those installments to offer my perspective on shows that I don’t review each week.

Saturday Night Live: Season 43, Episode 5 “Host: Tiffany Haddish” (B-)

After making my way through a few handfuls of episodes of the two nominated Best Comedy Series that I don’t watch regularly, “Black-ish” and “GLOW,” I’m now settling in for the long ride catching up with the series that always offers me dated political commentary because I’m not watching it live. Tiffany Haddish makes history as the first African-American female stand-up comic to host this show, and she’s certainly having a good time. After making a point about wearing the same dress multiple times at the Oscars, she stressed that again in her opening monologue, in which she managed to be funny and relatable at the same time. I can see why people like her, though the subsequent sketches, which were far from this show’s best, didn’t exactly give her a range of things to do. Portraying the video game character who didn’t actually believe in fighting was a decent start, but it got pretty repetitive after that. I don’t really get the emphasis on cats and all that, and this episode felt more weighted towards lackluster sketches than truly funny ones. Haddish didn’t end up earning many accolades for her breakout performance in “Girls Trip” despite plenty of buzz, and so I don’t think she’ll be able to eclipse any of her fellow nominees in this category. The sketch that I enjoyed most in this hour was one that didn’t feature Haddish, the ad for the “new” and “young” Democratic party featuring a whole lot of old people without much energy or appeal.

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