Wednesday, August 18, 2021

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 sixth 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 46, Episode 2 “Host: Bill Burr” (B-)

I always look forward to my annual very delayed viewing of a sampling of episodes of this show, which this year amounts to nine separate installments due to the wealth of supporting players and hosts nominated. I don’t love the show but do find it entertaining at times. I enjoyed Bill Burr’s performance in “The King of Staten Island,” and found him mildly funny on “The Mandalorian.” His opening monologue was more cringe-worthy than anything else, since he was casually joking about how ridiculous concepts like cancel culture and white women being at the forefront of the woke movement are when most of the audience didn’t necessarily agree with that assessment, given the show’s liberal bent. Most of the sketches he starred in were extensions of the same joke, which is that the world has changed and what used to be acceptable no longer is, which all just made Burr seem less than relevant. Burr, of course, was not nominated for an Emmy, but instead this is the submission for longtime nominee Kate McKinnon, who won twice in a row back when Trump got elected. The likelihood of her triumphing again is not high, especially given the double nomination for costar Aidy Bryant and the prominence of her other costar Cecily Strong, who just wrapped a great gig on “Schmigadoon.” McKinnon was funny but not front-and-center as the moderator in the opening sketch, and it was interesting to see her break character and directly address the audience when Colin asked her by name if she was okay during the Weekend Update bit. She did make me laugh when she repeatedly mispronounced expressions unlike “unpresidented” and “noon normal,” but this is far from her best submission.

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