Saturday Night Live review: Beta Force, Thirsty Cops, Seth Meyers, & Kanye West

Saturday Night LiveThis week’s episode of Saturday Night Live was hosted by none other than Seth Meyers, a comedic icon for this show, but also a bit of a wild-card. He didn’t really spend much time on the series outside of the Weekend update desk and because of that, we had some questions regarding whether or not he would be truly exceptional at other parts of the job.

Tonight, we’ll be reviewing much of his performance live, alongside the writers and other cast members! Be sure to refresh this article for more as time goes on.

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Cold Open – You can read more about it here, but for now, let’s just say that this was fantastically funny thanks to Chris Redd’s take on Kanye West.

Opening Monologue – Meyers talked about being so close to the studio even after leaving the show; also, he told a wonderful story about working with Kanye and how he interrupted Taylor Swift after doing a sketch about interrupting speeches for the show. This was pretty short, but also funny and, in the end, reasonably sentimental.

Movie Screening Q&A – Basically, the premise of this sketch was a movie screening in which people asked a strange series of questions. Most of these were ridiculous, whether it be Beck Bennett proclaiming to be the father of Seth Meyers’ movie director or Heidi Gardner being a wannabe actress.

Testosterone ad – Apparently, there’s such a thing as creating too much testosterone. This was all incredibly silly, especially when we found out that this was ultimately an ad for new company Beta Force … which will bring you back to your old self again.

Thirsty Cops – Jones and new featured player Ego Nwodim starred here as cops who liked to sexually harass the people who they pull off. Here, they did this to Meyers’ character, and eventually Kate McKinnon stopped by for some of the action. This may have been a situation of a good premise that went on just a tad too long. Yet, we do appreciate us getting a new potentially-recurring sketch.

A Frightening Tale – Apparently, a person’s worst nightmare is having to deal with a young, aspiring filmmaker who was full of dreams and hadn’t been jaded by the business yet. Apparently, this guy thought that he was the only person who had some of these ideas.

Bill Cosby in prison – This is probably going to be controversial, mostly because it’s always hard to find humor in someone who was recently convicted of some of the things Cosby was. Yet, Kenan has always done a fantastic job at this impression; consider this SNL doing what it can to push the envelope for the week. (Check out more thoughts on the implications of this sketch.)

Weekend Update – Baskin Johns was a good new character for Heidi Gardner, a GOOP representative who spent most of the time freaking out that Gwyneth Paltrow may be watching. Most of the jokes tonight were fun but forgettable as Seth Meyers eventually came on for a version of “Really?” that was pretty great … but we’re still bummed about the lack of Stefon, who almost everyone wanted to see.

Bayou Benny – Apparently, this was a progressive show set in Louisiana … and we knew exactly what this was going to be the moment that we knew the premise. This was all sorts of stupid, but there was just something about Beck Bennett’s accent and the MAGA biscuit that made this shockingly entertaining.

Paul Simon – Check out our full take on his performances

Cuban Time – The biggest dud sketch of the night, mostly because there was nothing here beyond the two people who kept saying “Cuba.”

Trees – This was short, this was random, and it probably will be forgotten in about five minutes.

Costume contest – This felt almost like Kenan doing “What Up With That?” without all of the guests there. Suffice it to say, this was not “What Up With That?” in the slightest.

Related SNL news – Be sure to check out all other coverage of tonight’s episode

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