‘Saturday Night Live’ Highlights & Recap: Host Anne Hathaway

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am,

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With the release of Les Miserables on the horizon next month, Anne Hathaway returned to Studio 8H for her third time hosting Saturday Night Live. Complete with a pixie haircut and a lovely singing voice (both on display thanks to her turn in the aforementioned musical adaptation), it was clear she enjoyed every minute of the hosting duties.

But was her enthusiasm enough to bring the funny? Did Hathaway’s numerous celebrity impressions make the sketches worthwhile? Find out with our video highlights and recap of last weekend’s episode below.

The Best

Drunk Uncle – Easily one of Bobby Moynihan’s best recurring characters, Drunk Uncle was at his best talking about the election. His drunken take on today’s events while unknowingly talking about all the latest trends and technology (“Does this ballot have 4G?”) is just perfect. Considering the sketches that directly parodied or referenced the election with Jason Sudeikis as Mitt Romney and Jay Pharoah as Barack Obama fell a little flat, Drunk Uncle’s views on the election were easily the best “political” sketch.

McDonalds Firing- Everyone has wanted a moment like this this at work upon their untimely exit, and Bobby Moynihan and Cecily Strong mastered the insulting departure from work in this sketch. Every place of employment has co-workers just like this that need a wake-up call and what made this even better than the duo yelling at each of their co-workers was all of their reactions throughout the roast of McDonalds employees.

Girlfriends Talk Show – During this sketch, I found myself reminded of the now classic Tater Junction sketch (less seasoned SNL fans might simply remember it as “Gap Girls”) with Chris Farley, Adam Sandler and David Spade in drag as quintessential shopping mall girls in the 90s. This doesn’t quite have the staying power, but the chemistry between Cecily Strong, Anne Hathaway and the increasingly discouraged Aidy Bryant in this sketch just worked for me, especially after seeing the disappointed face of Bryant when baking isn’t the next topic on the show.

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The Worst

Homeland – As soon as the Showtime logo and the Homeland title came up, the bar was set pretty high. Parodying this year’s Emmy winner for Best Drama Series was not going to be easy. Sadly, the writers and cast of Saturday Night Live failed this time. Though there were some inside jokes for fans of the show and a couple decent impressions from Anne Hathaway as Claire Danes and Taran Killam as Damian Lewis, this sketch just did not come together and felt like a missed opportunity for something great.

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The Weird

The Legend of Mokiki and the Sloppy Swish – People are either going to love this or hate it, and my bet is most will fall in the latter group. But just thinking about the inception of this sketch cracks me up, and the execution of Taran Killam doing this weird dance inspired by someone that a writer probably saw somewhere amongst the diverse population of New York City is just hilarious to me. His dirty face, the goofy clothes and the use of footage shot where certain people in the Big Apple were clearly not aware of what was going on came together for a nice, peculiar laugh.

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The Host

Anne Hathaway – Coming through with another fun musical monologue (showcasing her beautiful singing voice that will be heard often when Les Miserables hits theaters this Christmas), Ms. Hathaway clearly loved every minute of being on SNL for her third hosting round. Hathaway’s Katie Holmes impression on an average sketch taking aim at Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show (which doesn’t seem to be online) and her over-the-top Clarie Danes from the less than stellar Homeland sketch made her a treat. Hathaway just likes to have fun, and there’s no doubt she’ll be back

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The MVP

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Cecily Strong/Bobby Moynihan – Not only did they both have two of the funniest sketches of the night (check The Best section above), but the they also came together for the third best sketch of the night as they yelled at the McDonald’s employees composed by the rest of the cast. Moynihan has always been one of my favorites, and while Strong almost made The MVP slot last year, this time she definitely earned it. Strong and Kate McKinnon are easily the two strongest featured players, and I expect both of them to stick around for a few years.

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The Final Word

Overall, the episode was not the best we’ve seen from Anne Hathaway, but the energy on the show when someone is clearly loving every minute in Studio 8H sometimes makes up for the average sketches. Even though our picks for The Best weren’t always laugh-out-loud hilarious, they were certainly amusing. Honestly, the first performance from Rihanna felt like a strange sketch reminiscent of Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job with a green screen projecting old school computer animation with screensaver imagery, and it was almost funnier than some of the night’s sketches.

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Coming Soon

November 17th – Jeremy Renner hosts with musical guest Maroon 5

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Saturday Night Live airs live on Saturday nights @11:30pm on NBC.

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  1. I found the Homeland skit downright freakin offensive to mental health issues.

  2. Anne Hathaway is so hot.

  3. I actually ended up liking the Mokiki sketch. I didn’t think I would at first as I assumed it would just be a weak attempt at the digital shorts, but watching him interact with both cast members and regular folks turned me around on it. Overall not a bad episode, I didn’t get the Homeland skit since I don’t watch the show, but otherwise not bad.

  4. I loved the Homeland Skit

  5. I only caught the first half hour, but I definitely did not like Mokiki. The lady who plays Anne Romney seems pretty cool, and props to Anne Hathaway – she is incredibly awesome and endearingly enthusiastic.

  6. I thought the whole show was solid. I laughed so hard at the Homeland thing, not sure why that was supposed to be bad. One of the best of the show.

  7. I liked the Mokiki sketch, it was so stupid that it was actually funny. I would definitely like to watch this again.
    Anne Hathaway is not one of my favorite actresses but I think she was really good specially on the Homeland parody. I´ve never watched that show but I enjoyed and laughed at her performance. She was great on Girlfriends Talk Show too.

  8. i luv her in rachels getting married and brokeback mountain and love and other drugs and in the dark knight rises as catwoman, i still believe she should get a spin-off,it could be fun as the title role and christian bale in a cameo like role .

  9. Great recap! I for one, loved the Mokiki skit though not immediately. Once I saw Taran Killam in that ridiculous outfit doing that ridiculous dance in the middle of New York sidewalks I couldn’t stop laughing. And the complete randomness of him spewing green goo from his mouth was great also.

    Overall I thought it was a good episode though Anne Hathaway didn’t do anything great unfortunately, aside from her Katie Holmes impression. Can’t wait to see how well Jeremy Renner does next week. :)

  10. I actually loved the Homeland sketch. I’d even dare to say that it was one of the best sketches of the season if you are a Homeland fan.

    When they showed the cork board that she did in seconds I had to pause because I was laughing so hard.

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