State of emergency, shmate of ermergency! The show still went on at Studio 8H despite almost 30 inches of snow — because the only emergency that concerns Lorne Michaels is the absence of laughter through the cold, empty streets in the heart of New York City. Host and UFC-fighter Ronda Rousey confirmed her acting and comedic chops, which is great considering her upcoming gig as Tina Fey’s co-star in the recently green-lighted Paula Pell flick Do Nothing Bitches!
“It’s like her mouth starts driving before her brain gets in the car.”
Speaking of Tina, Lorne somehow convinced her to come out in the blizzard and release a whole new side of her Sarah Palin impression: Palin: Unhinged. As the ex-reality TV star, Facebook troll, and unabashed lunatic we know Palin as today, Fey delivered a delirious speech that was even funnier than Palin’s actual words (and yet still not as outrageous as blaming Obama for her son’s domestic abuse arrest): “I’m here for all you teachers and teamsters, you farmers and charmers, whether you’re a mom or two broke girls or three men and a baby, rock ‘n roller, holly roller, pushin’ stroller, pro-bowler with an abscess molar!”
“Are you mad? That I knocked over the basketballs, new girl?”
Rousey was best utilized in the Mean Girls/Pretty in Pink/Never Been Kissed-inspired filmed sketch “Love Struck.” She plays a teenager on a date with obtuse jock Beck Bennett, who leads her to a romantic table under a disco ball in the school gymnasium … when Vanessa Bayer shows up to let her know it was all a setup, because she owns the school, and nobody talks to her boyfriend! But in the middle of her Regina-Georgesque speech, Rousey pulls out the big guns. Her big guns. Which you might think would be the end of it, but then you’d be wrong, because popular girls don’t give up without a really long and painful fight.
“Oh my god I knew it, it’s a five way tie: All the white guys!”
The most unsurprising sketch of the night was the answer to #OscarsSoWhite; but the timing was so sharp and the reveals were so ridiculous that it was also one of the best. The concept was the awards show announcement of a bunch of white best actor award nominees and eventual winner in movies starring black actors. I doubled over laughing at Beck Bennett being nominated for the part of “Dave” the clerk who interrupts Michael Che’s Thurgood Marshall and Sasheer Zamata’s Vivian Burey in the middle of their conversation about how Marshall has to work ten times harder than white people to make it as a lawyer … to let them know the library is closing in five minutes.
“I love the moon. But I also like the day, you know? With the sun?”
The Bachelor is rich with comedic potential, and the Bland Man spoof didn’t disappoint. Taran Killam plays the guy from “Chicago, or Denver, or something” with perfectly-tuned dullness, but Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer, Sasheer Zamata, Aidy Bryant, and Cecily Strong perform at Peak Weird and after every “Mmm … I like this,” everything they say is quotable. Some examples:
- “Oh my god it feels so good to laugh because before this I was in a really bad cult.”
- “Can I be completely honest with you? I have a son. And five daughters and they’re right here … And this one, he always has a ton of cash and he won’t tell me where it’s from.
- "I’m the black one.” … “Let me walk you out.”