What an enjoyable episode! Bruce Willis’ ability to poke fun of himself and his action hero career was hilarious, not to mention the cast and crew seemed to be on their A game.
The Cold Open was genius. SNL killed two proverbial birds with one topical humor stone, poking fun at the new film “Gravity” while showing the negative effects of the then ongoing partial government shutdown. It appears they may be starting a trend of unique opens, with elaborate scenic design. (i.e. the apocalyptic futuristic open in I’m on board. What a way to start the show!
Willis’ monologue was a bit boring, but they all have been so far this season. It was interesting to learn that he’s a professional harmonica player. Crazy!
My favorite sketch BY FAR was “24 Hour Energy for Dating Actresses.” As an actress myself, I do all of the above and my poor husband carries on watching each commercial, play and improv show more than supportively. They say “write what you know,” well this is something the cast and writers obviously know about and the end result was fantastic.
The Navy SEALs sketch was hilarious, really making fun of how stupid action adventure films are when compared to reality. Willis flawlessly made fun of himself and his genre of films. Bravo.
I could see where they were going with the Barber Shop sketch, but it was pretty boring. The contrast between Willis’ character and the barbers should’ve been stronger.
"Boy Dance Party" was pretty funny but made me wildly uncomfortable. I can’t explain it, that’s all. Also, the relationship between Willis and Vanessa Bayer’s character was completely unrealistic. I guess when they’re doing a boy dance party, reality takes a back seat anyway. Catchy tune though.
I’m not a fan of Katy Perry at all so I’ll just blow right past those performances.
Weekend Update was OK. Kenan was very funny as Chaplain Barry Black. “Allow your cleansing waters to carry them to a place far, far away - let them float down the Potomac, desperately grabbing at the branches.” The Bruce and Kris jokes were all on point. “The Comedy and Drama masks are getting a divorce.” LOL.
Again, the NASA parody poked fun and brought back one of my favorite Willis films,”Armageddon.” It also allowed Bobby to bring back one of his characters, Kirby. Pretty funny and shows his range. Love Bobby M!
The Centauri Vodka sketch was only funny at the end, when a half naked Centaur-Willis drags a dead Randy around in the rear end of his costume throughout the party. This joke made the whole thing worth it. It still makes me laugh out loud, actually, when I think about it.
Taran’s Eddie character was much funnier with Justin Bieber than in this sketch with Willis. This one just fell flat for me. They should’ve picked a different combination of words and used it more and in more creative jokes. Still, I approve of this character and would like to see Taran bring it back again.
I’d pledge for Sigma! I don’t know who wrote this, but I’d guess it was Kyle Mooney. He’s still very green, but already I am getting a taste of his humor and it is delicious. Seconds please! Both he and Beck Bennett were awesome in this and the non-stop pacing of the jokes, coupled with their monotone attitudes made this sketch a winner for me for sure.
Overall, it was a great episode. Willis didn’t branch out and try any characters, but he was still enjoyable to watch as himself. I think these new kids are really starting to get in their groove and I can’t wait to see what they cook up this Saturday!