I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually laughed a lot at SNL last night.
SNL’s monologues usually suck, but Mulaney’s was excellent.
SNL’s musical numbers usually suck, but Bodega Bathroom was inspired lunacy.
Nothing else reached those levels, but even the worst sketches were good. The show was not only funny, but the writing was creative and nutty. The last time I felt that way about SNL might have been when Will Farrell did his bizarre Neil Diamond impression.
One disappointment: The show featured both John Mulaney and his buddy Bill Hader. They are the geniuses behind “Stefon,” everyone’s favorite club habitue. As a general rule, I dislike SNL’s repeating bits and characters, especially the ones that weren’t funny in the first place (I’m looking at you, The Californians), but Mulaney’s attempts to make Hader/Stefon break character were always the highlight of any show in which they appeared. For one reason or another, Stefon did not appear last night to bring us up to speed on New York’s hottest clubs.