After the extreme heights of last week, [SaturdayNightLive had no room to leave this time. This Amy Schumer episode was not bad, but showed a failure for every beat. This consistent inconsistency made it difficult for the episode to gain momentum: for any solid sketch, one met with relative silence from the crowd. Not every sketch can be a winner, and the sketch order has so much (if not more) to do with production practicality than with comedic quality. But more than most installments in Season 43, this was an episode of Jekyll and Hyde.
The best segments all focused on the same thing: Mother's Day. The following list makes it seem that this is a thematically centered episode from beginning to end. Instead, it shows how much this vacation makes from the cast and crew. Not only did it produce a surprisingly touching comedy, but also a huge cameo that probably steals Schumer's post-show thunder the week before the season finale of the show.
Mother's Day cold
Pairing SNL Performers with their mothers in this cold open space lead to many holes and false line readings, but it literally does not matter: I & # 39; I'm a fan of every sketch, in which we learn a little about what this character is ticking. I do not pretend that I know much more about the non-ready-for-prime time players, but their interactions here seem to be real, and understanding what drives these people makes a long way to understanding what's important to her is comedy. Yes, the relationship between cast and audience is an illusion, but it's still interesting to catch a glimpse of what these people are like when they're not playing a character or hiding behind irony.
Under these brief pairings, the show entered its controversial stance on the Trump administration as several mothers condemned SNL for their political sketches this season. You might read this as the mothers who simply say lines for the comedic effect. But it is also possible to read this as the show, which pertains to a generational disconnect between the two demographic features that even extends to the parents of the performers. I do not think one of the two interpretations is wrong, and trying to get the "right" answer is irrelevant. It is important to show that even something like celebrating Mother's Day has been politicized, making this cold one of the most subversive of the season.
The day you were born
Completely wild, extremely relentless and finally extremely empathetic, this pre-drawn sketch makes the moods vary. Nothing here is groundbreaking: we have seen enough deconstruction of pop culture, the myth of the "miracle" of birth, to almost immediately understand the premise of this sketch. But it is the execution that makes something special. In less than four minutes, this short film tells a complete story that moves quickly from the specific to the universal.
Much of what makes this work is cinematography and editing. The quick cut between Schumers mother lovingly tells her son about his birthday and the reality of what unfolded each time. But it is the contrast between the way the present and the past are lit that really lands, as it paints the present as an illusion that is sold to expectant parents. The messy living room with TV screen is much more accurate than the immaculately sunlit bedroom that serves as a central set.
On top of that, the sketch shows how fundamentally many men are useless in the education of children. Yes, Schumer, who calls Mikey Day in the ER, that he is "not a man," is funny. But showing him how quickly he continues his normal activities after the birth of his child and leaves behind the daily responsibility of keeping this child alive is downright damned. Without underlining this message openly, this sketch changes from satire to empathy and deserves this transition.
Weekend Update: Michael Ches's Stepmother
It's not that long ago that McCarthy has essentially taken SNL with her Sean Spicer impressions. It just feels that way, because time moves differently than it did 18 months ago, with days that feel like weeks because of the wealth of information that shoot at us all. It makes sense to have her back now (her new film Life Of The Party opens this weekend; she too is one of those actors who rolls SNL always the welcome mat), and not in others (why give her this six-minute segment if Schumer could have done it?). The how and why does not matter in the end. It went down that way and the crowd ate it up completely.
If you say that Schumer could have played that role, it does not mean that Schumer could have done that with the role, let's be clear. That does not mean that it would have been better or worse, but it would have been totally different. McCarthy has a special ability to be absolutely sweet and completely unpredictable. Her character is totally likeable to Michael Che, and yet you can see Che all the time which McCartney McCartney could throw at him on live TV. Her improvisational skills make her completely intriguing on SNL : It's not that she completely disappears from the script because she intuitively knows how to make an unplanned moment more fun, and watching Che as she does with her Keep up with one of his most concentrated achievements of the year.