Melissa McCarthy literally did flips last night as host of Saturday Night Live, but no amount of gymnastics, singing, or dancing could steal the spotlight away from the real star of the show: Seth Meyers. After 13 years, Meyers stepped out from behind the Weekend Update desk - but not before some of his old friends stopped by to see him off.
What the show lacked in hilarious skits, it made up for in heart.
Here are the highlights.
What would happen if Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers cancelled on the Super Bowl halftime show at the last minute? You might not be as happy as you think, especially if NFL organizers call on Broadway’s “best and brightest” to fill in. This halftime show has everything a jock hates (or maybe secretly loves): men in glittery jerseys, song and dance routines with women dressed as referees, confetti, ribbons and a man dressed as an extra from Cats licking his paws. Melissa McCarthy adds to the bizarrely corny performance dressed as inspirational touchdown coach Mama Pass.
Don’t mess with a woman who has throwing stars in her pockets. In one of the more dangerous monologues in recent memory, McCarthy battles Bobby Moynihan with a bat, the stars and martial arts like something out of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon while suspended by wires high above the stage. What really puts it over the top is McCarthy’s fearless half dozen flips in mid-air. She should do all her own stunts.
Black History Month
Kenan Thompson, Sasheer Zamata and Jay Pharoah rap about Black History month to an all-white class in this digital short, dropping huge boulders of guilt into their song 28 Reasons To Hug A Black Guy Today. Here’s a sampling of just how edgy this sketch is: Reason No.1 to hug a black guy is “we deserve a chance” while reasons 2 through 28 are “slavery.”
Summer of Diane:
Bobby Moynihan’s character recalls the day he met the love of his life, Diane (McCarthy) a sloppy, uncouth woman who eats chicken wings like they’re going instinct. After the first 30 seconds, it’s clear the sketch isn’t going anywhere – but it won’t quit. The only moment that stood out was when McCarthy accidentally curses “watch my s---, I gotta pee” near the end of the sketch.
SETH SAYS GOODBYE:
It’s business as usual at the Weekend Update desk until old SNL friends Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, (as Stefon) stop by the desk: When Poehler acknowledges Meyers as “the heart of this show for over a decade,” it’s clear somebody might cry before the commercial break. While the remaining moments of Update are filled with some good gags (Stefon jealously tells Cecily Strong to “Keep my man’s name out of your mouth”) the final words from Meyers are sweet and heartfelt. “This is the job I always wanted,” he says with a quivering voice. “And I had the best time.”