'Saturday Night Live' recap: Kevin Hart joins 'Walking Dead,' dresses up as Pope Quvenzhane Wallis
You'd think a stand-up comedian would bring the funny to "Saturday Night Live."
In fact, though he's a veteran stage performer, Kevin Hart seemed quite jittery hosting the show, messing up lines and fumbling his timing throughout the night. The writing didn't help him either; after seeing they could raise the wit a few notches with Christoph Waltz, it's disappointing to see the writers return to such bland jokes.
Hart's evening didn't start out on the best note with his monologue, which was energetic but oddly delivered. He told a story about auditioning for "SNL" (his three impressions at the time were Avery Johnson, Robert De Niro, and Denzel Washington). But the host seemed to rush through his lines, taking very little time to let jokes breathe or even allow the audience to laugh.
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The rest of the night didn't get much better.
BEST: "The Walking Dead"
Is he a zombie or just the victim of racism? Hart plays a guy who's turning, but pins his group's horrified reaction on racism. While not as on-point as the "Homeland" sketch a couple months ago, the sketch nailed the emotional disturbance of young Carl. And what can't the "Thriller" dance make better?
RUNNER-UP: "The Z Shirt" Parts I and II
Wow, have we ever seen a sketch have a sequel later in the show? There was just one joke, really "Is it a [insert letter] shirt?!", but Hart's manic energy really sold it. The fact that he didn't have to read cue cards for the pretaped first part probably helped. What the sketch really proves is that they can do one-joke bits well.
WORST: "360 News"
Ugh, we don't expect much from the last sketch of the night, but this one was even clunkier than usual. Hart is a news anchor whose broadcast usually has eight cameras, but he's in too much neck pain to swivel to each one. You could almost hear this sketch land with a loud "thud."