So, this episode of Saturday Night Live wasn't very good at all, a fact that revealed itself about three seconds into Charles Barkley's unintelligible monologue. I mean no disrespect to Barkley: the guy is extremely -- I'd almost say objectively -- endearing and it seemed like he was trying his best to apply his limited acting chops on each sketch handed to him. Given that this season of SNL has been uneven, an episode hosted by a person who can't carry a scene was just asking for trouble -- after all, there's only so many skits in which you can juxtapose Barkley with pint-sized Paul Brittain. Though, I've got to say, I think I've turned into a Cecil lover. Get that man some sweets!
Anyway, in case there's any question, here are the absolute worst sketches of the night.
"The NBA on TNT"
To be clear, I basically know nothing about basketball other than the rules of the game, the fact that the NBC recently had a lockout and that the Chicago Bulls were really good in the '90s, so any and all references to the current state of the game were completely lost on me. I don't think I missed much in that regard, though, as this sketch's main purpose was to let Barkley make fun of his buddy (or rival? You tell me!) Shaquille O'Neal. Maybe I just, uh, had to be there.
"White People Problems"
Vaguley racist, mostly just unfunny. It probably doesn't help that I'm not a huge fan of Jay Pharoah nor Kenan Thompson, and they were given lots of scenes in the episode.
A lovely complement to "White People Problems;" this one was just awful in every way.
"Digital Short: Convoluted Jerry"
I'm not sure why this short ended as abruptly as it did and why there were so few jokes it in, but I'm going to go ahead and assume it's because the concept was barely thought out before it went to air. It's a shame, too, because the premise seemed like it could have gone somewhere, and Jerry singing about the ghetto made me chuckle for a hot second.
"New Mayan Calendar"
You gotta figure that even the writers thought this one was bad when, at the end of the sketch, the calendar started talking. Relatively speaking, this one wasn't a complete failure, which serves to show you how awful the rest of the night was.
Bright Spot of the Night: "Adult Video Awards in Memoriam"
One of the darkest sketches we've seen on SNL in a while, this Oscar-esque tribute to all of the fine folks who we lost in the porn industry this year was pretty great. I only wish Kelly Clarkson played Jewel and sang a depressing folk-y tune behind the slides.
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