‘Saturday Night Live’ preview: What could help, hurt Vince Vaughn as host

Saturday Night LiveSometimes when a host returns to “Saturday Night Live” after a long layoff, it can be a disaster. Just as Lindsay Lohan when she took the job last year, or Christina Applegate earlier this season. Sometimes, actors fall out of their rhythm, and the writing isn’t always as strong the second week after the show comes back as it returned from hiatus. Last week’s show hosted by Melissa McCarthy was the funniest and most original of the entire season, and the downside about that is that Vince Vaughn also is guaranteed to get beaten up a little tonight, regardless of whether or not it is his fault.

The reason that we are still optimistic for at least a few laughs is that Vaughn can be a very funny guy with the right material, and this is the sort of faced-paced, sharp environment where he could shine after some time out of the spotlight.

What we want to see – With Vaughn’s talents as a physical comedian and improv artist, sketches that really give him an opportunity to really work alongside the other actors loosely would be fun. This may actually be the right time for the return of Fred Armisen’s Regine, and there are not many times that we say that. Also, we could use another “Weekend Update” staple this week; our vote is either for Jason Sudeikis as The Devil or Cecily Strong’s The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Start a Conversation With at a Party. (Yes, we’ve seen it twice already this season; but it is the finest thing a new “SNL” cast member has come up with.)

What we don’t want to see – Any sketch that casts Vaughn as a game-show host, or a political cold open featuring either President Obama or a major cable news outlet. It’s also time to retire The Californians and that sketch that features disgruntled employees bashing everyone on their way out the door.

What are you hoping to see from Vaughn’s show this weekend? If you want to watch a preview for this week’s “SNL,” you can do so over at the link here.

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