SNL Highlights (and Lowlights): Elton John
I know that a lot of people really liked this episode of SNL, but I just did not feel the love, so to speak. Sir Elton John played host and musical guest. The cold open featured the Lawrence Welk show, with Dooneese and her sisters. The freakish baby hands get me every time, but I could have gone without Dooneese trying to eat the bird.
Next up was Elton’s opening monologue. He made lots of jokes about being a gay father that fell flat for the most part. In fact, most of the night the show had a disproportinate amount of gay themed skits. I find this all confusing and insulting. If the host were not gay, but the skits were the same, SNL would have been accused of being homophobic. I guess it is okay to reinforce stereotypes if the host is gay? It sends a truly mixed message to the audience, particularly when we have seen the treatment of homosexuality finally starting to get some respect on prime-time television. What gives? Isn’t there more to Elton John than his sexual orientation? I’m hopping off of my soapbox now.
The other thing that rubbed me wrong in the opening monologue was when Elton was talking about how much money he makes, especially from royalties. When he sang about six words from one of his songs and announced “that just paid for my son’s college”, there wasn’t a lot of laughter. It’s kind of an insensitive comment to make when so many are still struggling with the recession. A lot of us won’t be able to send our kids to college, but thanks for reminding us that you can work about 30 seconds and make that kind of money.
Tom Hanks showed up periodically throughout the night, and Jake Gyllenhaal appeared on Weekend Update.
The best skit of the evening was “Knights of the Realm”. Britain has been attacked by a dragon, so all the people who have been knighted by the Queen gather at a table to discuss how to rid Britain of the beast. The gaggle of celebrities include Elton John, Richard Branson, Michael Caine, and Ian McKellan. Tom Hanks plays Michael Caine and nails his speaking cadence and accent. Funny stuff.
This week’s digital short was the least funny I can remember. Unfortunately “laser cats” were resurrected for a truly lame skit called “Laser Cats, the Musical”. It is every bit as terrible as it sounds.
Andy Samberg did a pretty awesome impression of wackjob actor Nicholas Cage on Weekend Update.
In keeping with the homosexual theme of the evening, we get treated to this skit of two gay film critics lisping, singing, and kissing with pastel cardigans tied around their necks. Not funny.
Finally, file this under moderately amusing. “ESPN Classic: Ladies Shot Put” features Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte and Tom Hanks as colorful commentators trying to mention their sponsor KY Jelly as many times as possible. Juvenille and silly, but some earns some laughs.