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Robert De Niro Hosts SNL; Is Not Funny

December 6, 2010

I should have known better than to get my hopes up after the episode that Anne Hathaway hosted was actually funny.  I thought that perhaps the show had turned a corner. I was wrong. After a post-Thanksgiving rerun, we were back with a new, albeit completely stale episode.

You would think that with an acting legend Robert De Niro hosting the show, the writers would up the ante a bit. You would be entirely wrong. The show was lame and embarrassing.  Watching De Niro in drag wiping his rear-end up against P. Diddy made me the saddest girl in the world.  Just dreadful.

I can’t really call any of the following “highlights” because they weren’t, but they were the least terrible skits of the episode. How about that for a ringing endorsement?  By the way, what’s up with the “What’s up with that?” skit?  Am I the only person who just hates the skit?  The only thing remotely funny about it is Jason Sudeikis dancing in the background.

Movie Fan. In this skit, a hyper-active kid absolutely loses his mind when he gets to visit the set of Little Fockers. He is the world’s biggest Focker fan, and freaks out when he gets to meet the makeup people, the caterer, etc, but then when he meets Robert De Niro, *crickets*.  It’s a pretty funny idea to take one of the most famous actors in the world and have him completely overshadowed by everyone else.  Special appearance by Ben Stiller.

Blizzard Man. Diddy brings in a reclusive hip-hop legend to lay down some hooks on his new album.  Sadly, this is the skit that De Niro appears in drag. Mildly amusing, if you really use your imagination.

The Kardashians on Weekend Update. Abby Elliott, Nasim Pedrad, and Vanessa Bayer nailed it.


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3 Responses to “ Robert De Niro Hosts SNL; Is Not Funny ”

  1. Angela on December 6, 2010 at 7:49 am

    This ep was so bad, they made DeNiro look like he’s part of the crew! You are absolutely right about the drag scene. I can just see the writers sitting in a room trying to come up with ideas and one guy says, “we gotta get him in drag, doesn’t even matter what the skit is, just make him look like a woman.” That is about as far as they got. If I had to point out the funniest moment on the show, it’s when they finally got creative and hung Andy Samberg from the ceiling as Spider-man. Not that the material was gold, but at least somebody came to work with a brain for once.
    Is it even possible for this show to get cancelled at this point?

  2. amh on December 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I turned it off after the opening monologue. The beginning was so terrible, there was no way it was going to get any better. Did DeNiro have any say in any of it? Embarrassing.

  3. Greg on December 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Come on….”What’s Up With That?” is funny. Every time. It just kills me. However, I agree that the shows have been very unfunny this season. (Hathaway was good) Could it be the lack of Will Forte? God, I hope not.