'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Vince Vaughn Presides Over a Flat Episode With Few Highlights [Video]
Well, when you get to the peak, there's very little place to go but down.
After last week's very strong, very funny Melissa McCarthy episode, "Saturday Night Live" plummets back to mediocrity. The charming Vince Vaughn, returning to host the show for the first time in 15 years, couldn't do much to help the poorly-written, flat, and sometimes uncomfortable sketches.
His monologue, which relied on his effortless charisma, was one of the evening's better efforts. He came out and talked about how important the audience is to the show, then proceeded to talk to a few of them. According to "SNL's" Tumblr page, Vaughn was improv-ing and everyone he spoke to did not know they were going to get picked. One woman he called his "angel in the outfield," while he took another man's cell phone away. "It's OK to put down the phones and just make a memory," he said.
But Vaughn's innate likeability couldn't save the rest of the night.
Check out the best and (several) worst sketches:
BEST: "History of Punk"
It's very telling that the best sketch was a pre-taped one. "SNL" has done a fairly good job with these over the season, despite the absence of Andy Samberg and Lonely Island. Fred Armisen is Ian Rubbish, a monarchy-hating '80s-era punk rebel who ruins his career by writing nice songs about Margaret Thatcher ("You keep England safe"). The accents, "vintage" footage, and a cameo by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols are all very well done.
WORST (OF THE SEASON?): "North Side Junior High Prom"
OMG, WHAT WAS THAT?! Who thought this was a good idea? An old rich dude bankrolls a junior high prom and then proceeds to ask teen boys to dance? It's super creepy and incredibly uncomfortable. This may have been the worst sketch of the season.
RUNNER-UP WORST: "Roundball Rock"
First of all ... John Tesh? Really? Did they dig this out of a bin of old sketches? Second of all, it doesn't go anywhere. There's one joke -- that the classic NBA theme has awful lyrics. That's it. And yet it lasts for five minutes!