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Comedy is frequently at its best, in my opinion, when it’s at its most absurd. The digital short “The Hit” from the Jonah Hill episode is a fine bit of absurdist humor about a trio of thugs waiting to perform a hit on somebody who are taken aback by some of life’s beauties like falling snow and bunnies. Watching Kenan Thompson and Taran Killam as ruthless gangsters mesmerized by the snow is one of the most gleefully funny moments of the season, particularly when the two break into Carole King’s “So Far Away.” Jay Pharoah tries to stay tough throughout the entire thing, but when he finally breaks at the end we get the most perfect punch line to the sketch anyone could’ve thought up.
It’s always nice when a host can come on the show and poke a little fun at themselves and the types of movies that made them a star. That’s exactly what Bruce Willis did in this spoof of outrageous action movie heroes. He plays a soldier who’s supposed to be a part of a simple extraction detail and his job is merely to sit in the van and monitor communications, but he wants to single handedly take down one of America’s most wanted terrorists. Hosts rarely get sketches this hilarious to themselves, but Willis knocks it way out of the park.
The most creative ‘SNL’ bit of the year is probably the idea of “what if Wes Anderson made a horror movie?” The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders from the Edward Norton, an often collaborator with Anderson, episode was one of those little niche pieces that many watching the show probably didn’t get at all, but if you’re familiar with Anderson’s filmography, whether a fan or not, would really get a kick out of. As a huge fan of Anderson’s 2012 film “Moonrise Kingdom,” which featured Norton, I loved this sketch’s take on some aspects of that movie, specifically the letter writing. Alec Baldwin narrating the trailer was also a nice little addition to this highly intelligent and funny mock trailer. Now I want to see Wes Anderson direct a horror film.
Anybody who loves mid-‘90s era “Saturday Night Live” can tell you that Bill Brasky is one legendary S.O.B. and one of the most memorable recurring sketches in the history of “Saturday Night Live.” The sketches typically featured Will Ferrell with a mixture of David Koechner, Mark McKinney and hosts John Goodman and Alec Baldwin as drunkards sitting at a bar telling tales of a Paul Bunyan-esque man named Bill Brasky. Six of these legendary sketches aired between 1996 and 1998, but not a single one had been done since, even with Ferrell hosting the show on three occasions. But, in December 2013 when Paul Rudd hosted the show he was joined by “Anchorman” buddies Ferrell and Koechner and the legend of Bill Brasky was back.
Just when you think that there was no way possible for “Saturday Night Live” to add another classic Christmas sketch to its already long list of classic Christmas sketches they surprise you. Host and former ‘SNL’ cast member Jimmy Fallon and breakout ‘SNL’ star Cecily Strong turned in one of the all-time ‘SNL’ Christmas greats with their unique and hilarious take on the great Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The urgency Fallon shows trying to get Strong to stay at first and then later leave really is hilariously spot-on, as is her clichéd clinginess after the fact. You could tell the duo was really having a ball with this sketch, which added to the classic-ness of the whole thing, and I’m frankly surprised that Fallon, notorious for cracking up in the middle of sketches, was able to keep his comedy cool on this one. The look on Fallon and Strong’s faces and the warm embrace the two shared just after the sketch before the show went to commercial was a little added bonus, because you could tell how much they truly enjoyed it, almost as much as we enjoyed watching it.