In the long tradition of people making a big deal out of non-actors appearing on SNL to awkwardly poke fun at whatever half-cocked gossip fodder they're involved in, I'm here to make a big deal out of Mark Zuckerberg "confronting" Jesse Eisenberg on SNL this weekend. As usual, it was much ado over nothing. Andy Samberg's wig was the funniest thing about it, and the only really remarkable thing was how Mark Zuckerberg, a non-performer and full-time basement nerd, was cool as a cucumber, while Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg teetered somewhere on the nervous scale between cardiac arrest and epileptic vomit hose. Apparently, being a zillionaire does things for your confidence. Go figure. Anyway, on to the rest of the show.
Best: "The Bride of Blackenstein"
Hacky jokes about black and Jewish stereotypes are somehow hilarious if you pretend you're using them to make fun of Blaxploitation films. Neat little loophole! Even if you hate Nicki Minaj, you have to admit she made this sketch. Still can't believe how much this made me laugh.
Worst: "Mister Wizard"
Best: The Skins Parody
Particularly because of Andy Samberg's MTV executive at the end. I usually hate Andy Samberg, but weak Digital Short aside, he was kind of on fire (for him, and I mean that as backhandedly as possible) this week.
Worst: "Spa Talk"
Oh great! Everything people hate about Kristen Wiig: the sketch.
Best: "El Shrinko"
Jesse Eisenberg wasn't much of a host, but he probably did his best work in this sketch. Most likely because he was doing what he loves best: playing himself. No shame in that, though. This was a really funny bit.
Worst: The Digital Short
Were there jokes in this? I couldn't identify any. Also, they should've brought Pee-wee back.
Best: Tyler Perry on Weekend Update
By far my favorite segment of the night. "My best friend is Oprah!" Brilliant.
Your thoughts on the episode? Leave them in the comments! I chose to exclude the latest installment of "Herb Welch" because no matter how many times they do it, no parody could ever be better than the original it's based on. Ditto Michele Bachmann, whose on-camera difficulty will never be anywhere as funny as the words that actually come out of her mouth. Sadly, this is probably the closest I'll ever get to having principles.
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