I have a Sunday morning tradition. I start my day with Saturday Night Live and a little breakfast. I don't remember when this tradition started for me. Somewhere along the time that I realized that I could no longer stay awake until one in the morning I suppose. Regardless as to when it started, it's always a great way to start my lazy Sunday.
This week was no exception. McCarthy's monologue paid tribute to the mothers in the audience. She took a random woman from the audience and took her on a backstage tour of the studio. They ran into various cast members being their wonderful and weird selves as well as surprise guests "the Livelys" Ryan and Blake. They wrapped the tour around to where the woman was placed in front of the door where the hosts come out onto the stage.
The first sketch of the night was a game show called Just Desserts in which McCarthy went all in on looking ridiculous by taking pie after pie to the face. This is one of the things I've always admired about her. Her willingness to be silly and absurd and even flat out gross out times is something that I find profoundly liberating. It's difficult sometimes to be one's true self in public. To be able to put yourself out there and have the confidence to be ok with being part of (and the butt of) the joke, is a skill that I do not possess but always wanted to.
Where SNL always shines is in their revamped product commercials. This time is no exception. Check out the Amazon Echo "Silver" Commercial below.
One of the more interesting take aways of the evening was that underneath the humor of McCarthy's Spicer impression, was an undercurrent of the idea that Spicer is in an abusive relationship with Trump. I still haven't fully unpacked how I feel about that, though it was funny to watch the Russian doll explanation of the week's events.
Other notable items? The band Haim performed sounding almost like Wilson Phillips. Kate McKinnon as the fading old Hollywood starlet and Cathy Anne on Weekend Update. My favorite Weekend Update joke this time was from Colin Jost saying that James Comey "looks like "gosh" became a person". It was tame and a little dumb but I got a kick out of it. Then of course, the nuanced and hilarious update on the relationship of Leslie and Andy had me cracking up. Lorne "I don't usually condone cat members shooting each other buuutt.." Too much!
I'm always so refreshed after starting my day with a laugh. Do you have any Sunday morning traditions?