'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Zach Galifianakis Hosts a Star-Studded Show
Bring on the weird!
This season of “Saturday Night Live” was feeling a bit stale, but Zach Galifianakis once again freshened up the show last night with his delightfully oddball humor. And he got a little help from some famous friends, too.
Check out what made us laugh, wince, and groan.
BEST CAMEOS: Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms in “Jennifer Aniston Lookalike Competition”
Galifianakis was at his weirdest (best) as the outraged loser of the Aniston contest. “I’ve taken farts that look more like Jennifer Aniston,” he scoffs at the people who placed above him. Meanwhile, Taran Killam’s Aniston impression was insanely good. But the purpose of this sketch was to bring in Galifianakis’s “Hangover” co-stars, and it was a treat to see them all in long, blonde wigs.
Zach Galifianakis has got such a quirky, different style than most hosts, and a wonderfully wacky tone was set from his monologue. “Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving,” Galifianakis said drily, to giggles and guffaws.
He went on to joke about playing charades with deaf people (they’re great at it) and stumping Google (“How many candles does Dave Navarro own?”) to answering a cell phone that was really an Altoids tin. Very absurd, and very funny.
BEST PAYOFF: “Darrell’s House, Part II”
“Darrell’s House, Part I” was a lackluster sketch, featuring Galifianakis as a nervous, antsy guy taping a public access show. He kept asking his cameraman to make various cuts and edits, and even insert Jon Hamm in place of his friend (Kenan Thompson). It felt a bit flat and unfinished.
It all made sense a few minutes later, when the sketch returned in its edited form -- with all the cuts, sound effects, and (yay!) the real Jon Hamm. It’s so rare for “SNL” to do these delayed-payoff sketches (they did one during Kevin Hart’s episode), and they’re awesome every time.