Were you aware Channing Tatum existed? Did you know he had an extremely attractive body? Well, if you watched Saturday Night Live this week (which raked in average numbers), you do now. I have very little to say about this episode as a whole, but just in case you're suffering the post-Super Bowl blues like I am (or are feeling down in the dumps for probably more important reasons), I've tried to extract a few enjoyable moments from the episode. And I'm sorry to even bring this up, but I'll warn you in advance that now that Paul Brittain has left the cast, our Lord Windermere days are probably over.
Newt Gingrich: Moon President
The old-school sci-fi cold open was great in concept and fun for the first 60 seconds. I wouldn't recommend watching it beyond the joke about kids being their own janitors in space, as the scene falls apart in its awkwardness.
Tatum's Opening Monologue
If you aren't the type to see low-level, horribly cheesy modern romances about young love, you probably don't know too much about him. Either way, this well-written (if not hokey) monologue showed an extremely likable side of Tatum and his stripping past. I'd put this stripper sketch miles above the one that came later in the night, for sure.
Downton Abbey for Frat Boys
I'm sorry to say this clip isn't available, as it was definitely a standout of the night. SNL imagined what it would look like if the period piece was marketed to Spike TV's audience, complete with a ridiculous voice over that referred to the Dowager Countess a "chicken lady" and proposed we start calling the series Fancy Entourage.
How NBC NFL Promos are Made
Want to watch a bunch of guys make funny faces and pose for a promo clip? Here you have it. I suggest watching Kenan Thompson's face for the three-minute clip for an extra boost.
Guy Fieri's Super Bowl Snacks
Bobby Moynihan's Weekend Update characters are easily my favorites on the show. If you like jokes about shirt flames and UGG boots, go ahead and have a laugh. Just don't eat anything off of a cleat, okay?
Del Rey's Revenge
The most buzzworthy clip of the evening was definitely Kristen Wiig playing Lana Del Rey, whose musical appearance on the show was apparently so terrible that it was crowned "one of the worst outings in SNL history" by
revered music critic Brian Williams. I can't speak to the actual performance in question, since I tend to pay very little attention to the musical segments of this show, but Wiig was funny enough, and I guess I'm glad they addressed the bad press.
Bat Mitzvah "Party Rock Anthem" Dance
This clip is also currently MIA, but Tatum and Nasim Pedrad danced to that annoying LMFAO song, and Kenan made for a great Billy Ocean. It was silly.
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