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Saturday Night Live - Season 44 Episode 04: Jonah Hill/Maggie Rogers
On Saturday night, new stars around the world's most famous show, a late-night comedy show featuring several short plays, simulations of TV commercials, and a live band. It is a new team of award-winning celebrities performing comics and popular music stars. It is a new season featuring many celebrities in all fields.
The writers couldn't resist taking a friendly Fox News-ified dig at their absent Trump, calling him a "disgraced former actor-seen here molesting a young boy scout," before flashing an image of him and Adam Sandler in classic SNL sketch "Canteen Boy."
There was a certain elegance to the way SNL kept weaving themes through its political material tonight, with jokes about Trump's "caravan of scary brown people" terror tactics, and the importance of voting on Tuesday reinforcing each other throughout.
Even though a sense of deflation could be felt for the show's back half, Hill's confidence as host, along with a string of sharp political sketches and welcome cameos, combined to make this by far the strongest episode of the season.
Aidy Bryant's Sarah Huckabee Sanders is not a great character, but the concept here - that the White House press secretary would need a sleeping pill so strong that she violently passes out - was rather brilliant.
All captured perfectly here, this still felt recycled from older efforts right down to the terrible-review pull quotes superimposed on the ad. All in all, a bit too similar to many of SNL's efforts along these lines to generate big laughs.