Saved by the team: Miley Cyrus flop
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 22:10
Former teen queen and Disney Princess Miley Cyrus has received a lot of negative publicity as of late. An instant ratings draw, Saturday Night Live called upon the “actress” to host this past weekend. A solid performance by the rest cast and crew thankfully managed to salvage what was otherwise a largely forgettable and unremarkable performance by Miley Cyrus. Here’s the sketch-by-sketch rundown.
1. “Weekend Update” - Now this one was a real treat. Rarely is a “Weekend Update” segment presented virtually flawlessly. Seth Myers and newcomer Cecily Strong did a fantastic job of delivering punch line after punch line this week. The “Winner/Losers” segment regarding the government shutdown was easily the highpoint, topped by a pun blaming Canada for the shutdown.
The “guests” this week on “Update” were equally on pitch as well. Kate McKinnon was first, portraying a Connecticut housewife who had amusingly become addicted to “Grand Theft Auto V” after playing the game. Jay Pharoah was up next, delivering a hilariously over the top impression of NFL analyst Shannon Sharpe. The segment concluded with Vanessa Bayer reprising her role as Bar Mitzvah boy Jacob in one of the characters better appearances.
2. “Fifty Shades of Grey Auditions” - This simple sketch featured wave after wave of solid celebrity impressions from the cast as they “auditioned” for the upcoming sexual thriller “Fifty Shades of Grey”. Highlights included Jay Pharaoh as Tracy Morgan, Tarran Killam as Christoph Waltz, Kenan Thompson as Steve Harvey and Kate McKinnon as Jane Lynch. However, Nasim Pedrad put them all to shame with an incredible Aziz Ansari (yes, you read that right).
1. “Cold Open” - Featuring a flashback to Miley at the 2013 VMAs, the sketch wisely addressed the recent controversy head on. Pretty straight forward, we got to see new Miley have a conversation with old Miley (Vanessa Bayer) and great impressions of Robert Thicke and Will Smith by Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah respectively.
2. “Piers Morgan Tonight” - Showcasing Tarran Killam and Nasim Pedrad’s solid tried and true impressions of Piers Morgan and Ariana Huffington, the segment served as a segway to showcase a series of fake Hilary Clinton T.V. shows, the most notable of which was a hilarious “Breaking Bad” spoof titled “Running Rodham” starring Kate McKinnon (“I’m not Hilary anymore, I’m Heisenhower”).
1. “Monologue” - The monologue was thankfully rather brief this week. But a quick cutaway to a “naked” Bobby Moynihan on a Wrecking Ball made for a good laugh.
2. “Good Morning Miami” - Featuring Miley, Bobby Moynihan, and Kate McKinnon as local news anchors filming their weekly promos, this sketch was an overly long drawn out series of punchlines that kept falling flat.
3. “Poetry Class” - This sketch was sort of lame and didn’t have any flow. However Vanessa Bayer’s ridiculous accent and expressions in the sketch were rather amusing.
1. “Cheerleaders and Alien” - No, just no. This sketch made no sense whatsoever, was incredibly stupid and was most likely written on a dinner napkin the night before.
2. “Republican Wild Party” - This sketch was perhaps the biggest disappointment of the night. With this weeks government shutdown, SNL was presented with a gold mine of material. Unfortunately they squandered it with an absurd digital sketch featuring Tarran Killam and Miley as hyper sexualized impressions of Republicans John Boehner and Michelle Bachman in a parody of one of Cyrus’ songs. Featuring Republicans holding a wild house party/orgy, the sketch made little sense and was likely produced for nothing more than shock value.
3. “Girlfriends” - Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong return for this sketch (which was never good in my opinion) and were joined by Miley playing a hip hop fan in what I can only surmise was a poor Bieber imitation. Oh and yeah, she twerked ‘cause we all wanted to see that again.