Emily Blunt was host of Saturday Night Live. The TV critics are weighing in on this, her first time as host — plus all the other razzmatazz — Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump, etc. etc. — and you can see a roundup of reviews and video highlights right here!
Emily Blunt is the star of the forthcoming movie ‘Girl on the Train,’ and as such, hitting the promo trail, she graced the iconic Studio 8H stage. And coincidentally, she’s just been cast in the remake of Mary Poppins, as was last week’s host, Lin-Manuel Miranda. As so many before her have done, she sang her way through the monologue. The tune of choice, “Get Happy,” which Judy Garland first made famous way back in the day. The song was just the springboard in a full-out effort to happify the audience, yes, with all sorts of amenities from cookies to massage. Yes, we kid you not.
Predictably, the cold open spoofed the second Presidential debate, with Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton. It seems like years already since that debate — already much spoofed by many other outlets — took place, but yes, SNL added their spin. Also predictably, Bobby Moynihan portrayed the town hall attendee Ken Bone who was celebrated for a few days as a hero and, sadly also predictably, publicly shammed all in the name of “entertainment.”
Weekend Update did their own particular brand of comedic damage, with Vanessa Bayer’s giving NBC a scolding over the exit of Billy Bush, after that Access Hollywood leaked tape of Donald Trump that served to shake up the Presidential election last weekend.
And, as always, the show lurched through 90 minutes of airtime with hits and misses, and the critics are weighing in. Here’s what they’re saying,
“….Sometimes a very good actor raises up Saturday Night Live by sheer strength of talent. Emily Blunt is a very good actor, and she’s shown she can play comedy just fine, but she didn’t elevate much of what she was given to play tonight. And this listless episode could have used some elevating. …..” — A.V. Club
“…. After two very good shows to start the season, this is what we’d consider to be the first disappointment of the fall Episode Grade: C+……” — CarterMatt
“…. Not to play the role of crabby blogger who thinks all things “fall flat” or “miss the mark”, but tonight’s episode wasn’t what it could have been. It was a reminder of episodes from the past that featured hosts that are talented actors but just can’t get the groove of SNL down. It’s a hard thing to do, and I can’t imagine how hard it is — but then again I’m not a professional actor…..” — FanSided
Three episode of season 42 are now part of TV history, and below you can see the highlights and/or see the full episode video below from last night’s SNL with host Emily Blunt!
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