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SNL Recap: 40.16 “Dwayne Johnson / George Ezra”

Alright before we start let’s get it all out on the table and say what’s on everybody’s minds. Yes, The Rock is reviewing The Rock, and no, you’re not dreaming. It’s like Arnold Palmer drinking Arnold Palmer, or Michael Jordan yelling out his own name dunking; just one of those beautiful moments when you tip your cap and be glad gaze appreciate the world. And as if it couldn’t get any better, the Rock hosted a fantastic show. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hosted for his fourth time, with musical guest George Ezra, and is sneaky edging himself into talk as one of the SNL hosting elites. He’s easy going, goofy, relaxed, everything one could ask for in a host really. You can tell by watching that he’s having a lot of fun hosting, which makes it more enjoyable for the audience. So without further ado, here are the top sketches:
The Rock Obama Cold Open

This was a great start to the night, showcasing what is most definitely one of the Rock’s favorite sketches to do on the show. While many of the cold openings this season have struggled with balancing humor while still remaining somewhat topical, this sketch completely disregards this balance and it pays off. Playing up the sight gags made this a lot of fun to watch and you could tell the Rock was cool and confident right off the bat.

Pep Boys

So is this actually a thing that Starbucks does? Forcing people to talk to hipster baristas about race issues? That fact that people thought this was a good idea is almost more ridiculous than its parody ad, which was great. The entire cast really nailed their roles, playing the genuine, good hearted mechanics. Contrast these mechanics with customers who have less than zero interest talking about gender issues and you have yourself a solid sketch.

The Jungle

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When I sat down to watch SNL this week, I didn’t even consider the possibility of seeing a guy suck on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s ass, so needless to say, I was a little rattled by this sketch. Regardless, this was one of the best physically entertaining performances of the season. While simple in its idea, I don’t think this sketch really needed everything else. Once you whip out the ol’ cartwheel up to a 69 trick there’s really nowhere else to go.

WWE Promo Shoot

The best sketch of the night featured the Rock and Bobby Moynihan as rival WWE wrestlers. Just hilarious all around. On the writers side, the Rock’s attempts at trash talks were brilliant, not only getting progressively darker but ultimately connecting at the end. In terms of acting, each character had its own funny persona. From Taran Killam snapping in and out of his host persona, to the Rock’s stilted jerky movements everyone played their role to perfection.

New Disney Movie

I’m not really sure what more one could ask for in a sketch. Action packed energy, an impression of Vin Diesel playing Thumper, deer puns, I mean come on. I knew this sketch was a winner when I went from judging the sketch for its humor to contemplating whether I’d go out and watch this (I would). If this sketch doesn’t get Hollywood’s juices flowing then I don’t know what will. Crazier movies have been made (lol Battleship).

 

A Few More Thoughts

We’re nearly finished with this season and SNL still can’t seem to find a role for Leslie Jones. Aside from big, scary black lady, she hasn’t really thrived in any other spots on the show, which I think is a shame given how talented she is. Hopefully the writers can figure something out that tests her acting range before the season ends.

For any big Pete Davidson fans out there, he was on the Roast of Justin Bieber and absolutely killed it. I highly recommend checking it out. He’s a bright, funny kid and it’s only a matter of time before he hits it big.

Join us next week when Michael Keaton hosts with musical guest Carly Rae Jepsen, who I’m assuming is just gonna play “Call Me Maybe” twice? Stay tuned.

 

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