Hey! That wasn't half bad. I mean, sure, I completely zoned out and lost all interest during two sketches ("Dolphin Movie" and "Getting Freaking With Cee Lo") but overall, "Charlie Day/Maroon 5" was maybe the most enjoyable episode of Saturday Night Live I've seen in recent memory. The ratings say that I'm not alone: It drew the best ratings the show has had in over a month, which is especially impressive considering that Charlie Day is significantly less famous than Melissa McCarthy. While I credit some of my satisfaction to fast-forwarding through the bulk of Adam Levine's screentime, it was mostly just a tight, well-written episode. Here are the sketches that worked the best:
The bit about how much New York City has changed since Day was two was cute and fun, but the obvious draw here was the Danny DeVito cameo. As soon as the audience started hollering about a person walking up to "interrupt" the monologue, I automatically cringed in preparation for a lame Andy Samberg appearance or something, but instead we got to see some of the banter between Day and DeVito that makes It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia so hilarious. I could've used a "Day Man" reference during the piano segment, but I'll take what I can get.
"Comedy Tour 2"
SNL reprised last year's "Comedy Tour" gag with even more jokes about horrible comics. It was pretty awesome. As annoyed as I often am by sketches running too long, I prefer that to the past few seasons where every single joke on the show followed the Rule of Three format. They even got in a jab about using "vagina" as a punchline -- take that, every single series on TV this fall!
"Kardashian Divorce Special"
There was going to have to be a Kardashian joke in the episode, and this was just plain amazing. Day as the Kardashian lawyer seemed a little shoehorned in there, but I'll forgive it thanks to how great Vanessa Bayer's Kourtney and Kristen Wiig's Kris Jenner impressions were.
I'm a pretty big Greek mythology geek, so this one was hysterical to me. Levine was on the screen as Yanni for longer than he needed to be, but I appreciate that the show asked a question I've always wondered: Why are there so many stories about gods turning into animals to have sex? Also, can Samberg sneak in that Poseidon character into everything he does from now on?
"Weekend Update: Judy Grimes"
Kristen Wiig once again delivered a great performance as the Judy "Just Kidding" Grimes, saving what I thought was an otherwise pretty awful Weekend Update (except for the Real Housemice joke, natch). Maybe the success of this sketch will convince SNL to encourage its performers to remember their lines.
The sketch -- especially the ending -- was a little raw, but I'm okay with that because of how original and weird the premise was. I think by this point, it's a universal truth that the show is the funniest when its guest host is a talented actor and comedian, and if you needed any proof, watch "Crime Scene." Because Day can pretty much sell me anything at this point, his character not having any idea what Seinfeld (or even baseball) is was really, really funny.
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