Andrew Garfield, SNL Host: Review Roundup, Video Highlights

May 4, 2014

Andrew Garfield was host of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and he had some assistance from his ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ costar Emma Stone who crashed his monologue and was seen again on stage later on. As the superhero movie rules the box office, it begs the question; did its star as SNL host win over the critics? Check out a roundup of reviews and see video highlights of the show.

Yes, it’s to be expected, as the international release of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ rolls on, its stars are everywhere. While Andrew Garfield was absent from the cold open — which viciously and effectively spoofed the now banned-from-the-NBA L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling portrayed by Bobby Moynihan — he and his superhero movie character were not forgotten in the least.

We’ve seen many a celebrity crash the opening monologue and we might have bee more surprised if Emma Stone had not shown up. Ostensibly she was there to give her costar and real-life boyfriend some helpful tips on hosting. Among them? Use self-deprecating humor. This saw him then tell the audience, emphatically, “I’m a terrible father!”

Later on, both stars indulged in some self-deprecation as they took part in a ‘Spider-Man’ skit which saw their characters having difficulty making a kissing scene believable. Thus, a stand-in was needed. It was none other than Coldplay frontman (SNL musical guest that night) Chris Martin who, in a blond Emma Stone wig, proceeded to passionately and convincingly kiss Andrew Garfield.

Garfield was also seen in a memorable video a spoof trailer for a thriller movie, ‘The Beygency,’ in which he portrayed a man who did not like Beyonce’s song ‘Drunk in Love’ and suffered untold consequences. Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub of ’24: Live Another Day’ make cameo appearances.

Here’s a roundup of what critics have had to say of his debut as the SNL host.

“…Unshockingly, Emma Stone appears almost instantly to “support” Garfield during his monologue. And by “support” I mean “completely usurp.” Hey, Stone’s a fantastic presence, and she’s hosted some of the best shows in recent memory. But this reeks of “we don’t have confidence in him pulling this off” rather than “isn’t it cute these people are dating and will produce the prettiest babies ever amirite”. Having Aidy Bryant also lend a hand means we get very little Garfield at all for those still reeling from the fact that Spider-Man is British….” — Hitfix

“…All in all, Andrew did a tremendous job and we’d love to see him back. Sometimes the material was a little lame, but the laughs we got from the other sketches helped to make up for the duds in the early going…..” — CarterMatt

“….Celebrity Family Feud saw Garfield do a spot-on Justin Timberlake, who made Steve Harvey (Kenan) feel uncomfortable by saying sexily: “I’m not here as a Grammy winner or as a movie star. Because tonight I want everybody to know – it’s just Justin.”…..” — The Hollywood Reporter

“…While Garfield didn’t hit on every sketch, he certainty returned the show to the level of energy we saw demonstrated in the first half of the season. Plus, he was the best host we’ve seen since arguably that first half of the season as 2014 has been a rough time for SNL.

But Garfield’s raw energy helped reinvigorate the show and it’s clear that the break between Rogen’s show and this one gave the writers whatever time they needed to shake off the so-so writing in the last batch of episodes. When Louis C.K. comes on and is just alight, that’s mainly on the writing and they stepped it up big time for Garfield…..” — FanSided

See the video highlights below from last night’s show below.

Cold Open


Celebrity Family Feud

‘The Beygency’

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Kiss Scene

Weekend Update

Pictures: PR Photos

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