So, do you want the good news first or do you want the bad news? "The good news first," you may or may not have said? Well, the good news is that after a rare four week run of live shows, 'SNL' has two weeks off to recharge. And, wow, do they need it. I mean, could last night's Anna Faris monologue have been any more phoned in? It's always a bad sign when the writing staff resorts to "fake Q&A with the audience,' but, my God, at least sometimes those can still be funny. Also, more good news: Jason Sudeikis' pal Charlie Day will be the next host on November 5, which should bring some much needed comedic inspiration. Of course, the bad news: last night's show was somewhat awful. Also, Faris introduced the show as the "Halloween show" – but where was the Halloween? Where was Hader's Vincent Price sketch? Come to think of it, where was Anna Faris? Anna Faris is funny! Why wasn't she featured more often? Regardless, thankfully, near the end of the show, there were a couple of gems. (Actually, this show, for as bad as it was overall, had my two favorite sketches of the season.) On to the scorecard...
Someday Melissa McCarthy will be a good 'SNL' host. Her name will be mentioned alongside recent 'SNL' hosting phenoms like Jon Hamm and Justin Timberlake. Hell, if given some better than average material last night to back up her deliveries, we may already be mentioning her name as part of this class. Unfortunately, McCarthy did what she could with a writing staff that seemed to take the week off from writing anything interesting and, instead, just gave her a few sketches that resembled poor man's clones of 'Bridesmaids.' To be fair, this was probably to be expected with her first outing immediately following her breakthrough comedy role. But, now that this is out of the way, hopefully, next time, the writing staff will giver her more things to do than pour food on her head and have her fall down a flight of stairs. Alas, on to the scorecard...
Watching Alec Baldwin host 'SNL' – which he has now done a record 16 times -- has become a little like purchasing a recent album from the now disbanded R.E.M.: We know that we're going to get a solid effort – even great, at times -- but the truly memorable moments are from the first decade of work. A point Baldwin even kind of alludes to in last night's monologue. The first show of the season is usually a mixed bag at best (with last year's excellent Amy Poehler hosted effort a huge exception). "But they've had all summer to think of new ideas," is often a criticism levied at the first show of a season, but that's not really the way it works. With Baldwin as host and with the exact same cast as last year (with the only change being Nasim Pedrad promoted from featured player to cast member) there was hope that SNL's 37th season could come out firing on all cylinders. Nope. So, with that, welcome to another season of 'Saturday Night Live' and, yes, another season of SNL Scorecard!
But rather than go down the fairly easy route of having the real Miley Cyrus interrupt Bayer's 'The Miley Cyrus Show,' we got a far more entertaining twist on celebrity impressions. When Bayer introduced her first guest, out strolled Cyrus as teen pop sensation Justin Bieber.
She did a great job of mimicking his various gestures, even calling them out as she did so, while keeping a straight face at Bayer's outrageous impression of her.
Finally they decided on the appropriate facial hair for the actual interview and Fallon talked to Cyrus about her forthcoming appearance on 'Saturday Night Live.' Particularly because new featured player Vanessa Bayer has a recurring caricature of Cyrus that's become popular on the show.
Cyrus shared a surreal moment they had in the pitch room of the show when Bayer got up to speak. Cyrus said to Bayer, "Wait, you play me on TV."
The Cleveland native and University of Pennsylvania graduate interned at 'Sesame Street' and 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien' and performed with a musical sketch comedy troupe called Bloomers while she was a student. After graduation, Bayer worked Chicago's improv scene as a part of iO Chicago, The Annoyance and Second City before being cast as a featured player on 'Saturday Night Live' last year.
TV Squad recently caught up with Bayer and, like Miley would say, she's pretty cool!
The 18-year-old won't be the musical guest -- an as-yet-unannounced performer will handle those duties -- but it's unclear what, exactly, Cyrus will be promoting. The final episode of 'Hannah Montana' aired several weeks ago, and Cyrus's next movie won't be out until later this year.
That won't matter, though, as long as Vanessa Bayer is able to host another edition of 'The Miley Cyrus Show' with Miley herself involved somehow.
After the jump, watch Bayer's spot-on Cyrus impression.
Now, this montage of real-life Miley saying "awesome" and "cool" a bunch of times makes us, like, even more sure that, like, Bayer's impression is, like, a pretty cool one. It's basically, like, awesome.
Watch both videos after the jump.
Bill Murray. Jane Curtin. Eddie Murphy. Mike Myers. Will Ferrell. They all went from semi-anonymous Not Ready for Primetime Players on 'Saturday Night Live' to stardom.
So three episodes into a season with four newcomers, which comedian out of the quartet of feature players is destined to join 'SNL's' pantheon of uber-talented alums? We provide the odds:
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