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<i>Saturday Night Live</i>: Bad or Superbad?

You wouldn't know it based on that terrible episode of Saturday Night Live that aired over the weekend, but Jonah Hill is a pretty funny guy. Superbad? Hysterical. Get Him to the Greek? Not a great movie, but he's amusing in it. The Sitter? Ditto. 21 Jump Street? You'll have to wait until Friday to get our verdict on that one. Anyway, the point is that Hill is usually on his game, even when the material around him is sub-par. But that wasn't the case on Saturday night -- not only did most of the skits themselves fail to click, but Hill also seemed distracted and disinterested much of the time. Here are our picks for which sketches were merely bad... and which were superbad.

Six Year Old Returns
Hill's first sketch of the night set the tone for what was to come. Playing six-year-old Adam Grossman (a character he originated the first time he hosted), the actor turned his obnoxiousness level up to 11, harassing the poor clientele -- including his dad and his dad's girlfriend -- at a dinky Benihana outlet. Sure, actual six-year-olds can be enormous pains, but at least they're sometimes cute about it.
Bad or Superbad? Superbad



Tennis Balls
TV's ultimate getting-hit-in-the-junk joke remains that classic 1995 Simpsons episode where the film Man Getting Hit by Football wins the grand prize at the first annual Springfield Film Festival. This spoof of ESPN's Sports Science series had a lot more crotch-bashing action (with tennis balls standing in for footballs), but Hill's turn as the crotch-battered victim wasn't as authentic or impressive as the performance delivered by Hans Moleman... or George C. Scott, who won an Oscar for the inevitable Hollywood remake of Man Getting Hit by Football.
Bad or Superbad? Bad



J-Pop America Funtime Now!
We're usually fans of this sketch, thanks to the live-wire performances of Taran Killam and Vanessa Bayer as the most enthusiastic (and least knowledgeable) Japanese culture enthusiasts around, John Cavanagh-san and Rebecca Stern-Markowitz-san. Blame Hill for dragging this particular installment down; playing a hygiene-challenged dork named Martin, it was impossible to understand a word he said and his fumbling presence didn't mesh at all with his co-stars. We're also confused why he started cracking up halfway through the skit. We certainly couldn't find much to laugh about.
Bad or Superbad? Superbad



Primate Research Center
Nothing like a bestiality-themed sketch to make an already lame night worse. The less said about this the better. Nice makeup job on the monkey, though.
Bad or Superbad? Superbad



Liza Minnelli Tries to Turn Off a Lamp
Easily the night's oddest, most random sketch, two key elements elevated it from Superbad to Bad: 1) Hill's material was kept to a minimum and 2) Kristen Wiig does a pretty hilarious Liza Minnelli impersonation. Too bad the writers weren't able to come up with a halfway decent payoff to the weirdness.
Bad or Superbad? Bad



Stefon
Hill may have let us down, but Stefon never does. Bill Hader's club kid made another trip back to Weekend Update and we're happy to report that this breakout character hasn't worn out his welcome in the slightest. And we totally want to check out that club with the Human Roombas. What the address again?
Awesome or Superawesome? Superawesome

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