Robert De Niro Hosts SNL; Is Not Funny
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.