Saturday Night Live: Emily Blunt, Bruno Mars
October 15, 2016 11:25 PM - Season 42, Episode 3 - Subscribe

Host: Emily Blunt, Musical Guest: Bruno Mars

  • 2nd Presidential Debate - Cecily Strong, Alex Moffat, Kate McKinnon, Alex Baldwin, Leslie Jones, Beck Bennet, Michael Che, Bobby Moynihan, Kyle Mooney
  • Opening Monologue - Emily Blunt
  • Elegant Evening Escorts - Mikey Day, Alex Moffat, Emily Blunt, Leslie Jones
  • Melanianade - Cecily Strong, Emily Blunt, Kate McKinnon, Sasheer Zamata, Vanessa Bayer, Alec Baldwin, Beck Bennet
  • 16th Ann Arbor Short Film Festival - Alex Moffat, Emily Blunt, Vanessa Bayer, Kyle Mooney, Cecily Strong, Beck Bennet, Mikey Day, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kenan Thompson
  • Chonk - Sasheer Zamata, Vanessa Bayer, Melissa Villaseñor, Aidy Bryant, Leslie Jones
  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
  • Weekend Update - Michael Che, Colin Jost
    • Olya Povlatsky - Kate McKinnon
    • Newscaster of Tomorrow - Vanessa Bayer

  • Burger King - Pete Davison, Mikey Day, Kenan Thompson, Emily Blunt, Bobby Moynihan, Melissa Villaseñor, Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Beck Bennet, Aidy Bryant, Bruno Mars

  • The Sink - Emily Blunt

  • Honda Robotics Lounge - Bobby Moynihan, Emily Blunt, Mikey Day, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennet

  • Melania Moments - Cecily Strong

  • Bruno Mars - Chunky

  • The Great British Bake Off - Aidy Bryant, Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat, Bobby Moynihan, Cecily Strong, Emily Blunt, Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennet

  • Hamsters - Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennet, Emily Blunt, Alex Moffat

posted by DizzyOnBugSpray (25 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The Burger along one went on for ages and it was so not as good as it could have been but I still gobble that stuff up.

But also...holy crap was it just a commercial for Burger King? Does SNL get paid for that level of pandering?
posted by ian1977 at 6:26 AM on October 16, 2016

The robotics skit...the voice effect kept drifting in and out. I wonder what the technical difficulty for that was. You could still hear their in-effected voice. So it's not like the mic stopped working. Weird.
posted by ian1977 at 6:28 AM on October 16, 2016

Melaniade was amazing.
That is all.
posted by phunniemee at 8:13 AM on October 16, 2016

Poor Tiffany.

Newscaster of Tomorrow wins the night just for that Billy Bush line.
posted by ckape at 8:58 AM on October 16, 2016 [2 favorites]

Ian1977, yeah, they're getting paid for it.
posted by thecaddy at 9:07 AM on October 16, 2016

The writing in the first (debate) sketch was so good. So many great lines.
posted by lunasol at 10:25 AM on October 16, 2016

Did you notice Beck Bennet crack "pacing!" in the Burger King sketch? He thought it was going on too long, too! It was great at first, but they should have cut the number of characters in half and tightened up the plot.

I missed Chonk and most of WU, but I thought this was a really good episode. GBBO was good, if a little underworked and too focused on the Chavs.

I would like to see an opening monologue that didn't have to be a bit, didn't go to the crowd, didn't have cast members on stage. Nostalgia.

posted by rhizome at 11:21 AM on October 16, 2016 [1 favorite]

Also I think Beck Bennet and Thomas Lennon should be cast as brothers some time, maybe like a Trumpian take on "The Brothers Solomon."
posted by rhizome at 11:24 AM on October 16, 2016

I loved the monologue, I loved Chonk, i was very happy overall, but I want to give the Emmy to Kyle Mooney for his delivery of the undecided-voter question and the tongue gesture in the cold open.

And I'm just glad that, even if it doesn't always land, there's room for something like "What if we did a hamster version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" just for the hell of it.
posted by psoas at 2:18 PM on October 16, 2016 [3 favorites]

I wonder how long that fake limo was. About halfway through they cut to the camera facing the restaurant and I wouldn't be surprised that was so they could reset the limo and have it just half as long.
posted by ckape at 3:21 PM on October 16, 2016

What? That jumbo pink party Hummer was real!!!!!
posted by ian1977 at 3:32 PM on October 16, 2016

They built a pretty nice Burger King set, so maybe they have a contract for a bunch of sketches. The writers can spend part of each week thinking up wacky characters to pull up to drive-thru window. That could be entertaining in a meta sort of way.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 3:49 PM on October 16, 2016

I was underwhelmed but I admired Emily Blunt making Kate McKinnon break in the Honda robotics sketch!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 4:30 PM on October 16, 2016 [1 favorite]

Wheres a good place to stream this? is super glitchy.
posted by kittensofthenight at 6:47 PM on October 16, 2016

The line that made me laugh more than anything else was from Chonk: that the men's store was just called Normal Clothes.
posted by meese at 7:12 PM on October 16, 2016 [8 favorites]

This was a good one. I laughed a lot. So many different sketches and most of them were pretty funny! Bruno Mars is the best musical guest. I really like how this incarnation does whatever random, funny thing they're thinking of like yeah let's do Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf with hamsters instead of thinking it has to be all recurring characters and shot for shot parodies.

Speaking of shot for shot parodies the biggest disappointment for me was Melaniade. I laughed at the concept when I saw the title card but I think the lyrics weren't quite nailed. I think it would have been funnier if they could have used more of the actual lyrics. "Middle finger up, put them hands high, put it in his face, tell him boy, bye.."
posted by bleep at 9:02 PM on October 16, 2016

I think it would have been funnier if they could have used more of the actual lyrics. "Middle finger up, put them hands high, put it in his face, tell him boy, bye.."

Yeah, I was disappointed by the tepid solution for "middle finger up." This is a show that did Natalie Portman's rap, what's a few middle fingers? For me, Melaniade's redeeming moment was Mike Pence's, "He only want me when I'm not there."
posted by gladly at 7:23 AM on October 17, 2016 [1 favorite]

Yeah, I was disappointed by the tepid solution for "middle finger up."

I don't disagree that Trump deserves 100% of the middle fingers, but you guys realize that the four fingers/bent hand is the gesture he used most during the Apprentice for his "you're fired" schtick? That is where that comes from. They're boy-byeing him by his own petard.
posted by phunniemee at 7:51 AM on October 17, 2016 [3 favorites]

Oh, that makes more sense. I didn't know that was from the Apprentice. Carry on, then, SNL!
posted by gladly at 9:46 AM on October 17, 2016 [1 favorite]

I thought Melanianade was great and I had no idea it was a parody of anything let alone a shot for shot remake. It's hard to pull off parody where it works so well without knowing the source material. The last line "I wrote that all myself" has an extra level for me now though.

Melania Moments are at least as good as Deep Thoughts and Fuzzy Memories. One per episode is a good number though. We don't need it overdone like so many things on SNL.

WU had 2 of my favorite guests. If Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party showed up it would have been peak WU guests for me.

Bruno Mars is always great and was again.

The only miss for me was the monologue. Do they know it's not a monologue if the entire cast is on stage every week? I know this sort of thing goes back to the beginning of SNL but it seems like the same thing almost every week lately.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 10:20 AM on October 17, 2016

> Wheres a good place to stream this? is super glitchy. — BUT! Install an adblocker first. I am not kidding. After that, it's a few clicks away to whatever the fuck else you wanna watch, too.

Anyway, Jess and I were both very satisfied with the show, even despite its advertainments for Honda and BK. (Plus we got to see Pete's tattoos!) And Leslie Jones played way more than just Leslie Jones in this episode. Finally, everyone seemed to have equal time. I am liking this season a lot.

And Bruno Mars starting his first number with his whole Temptations-meets-MJ crew bursting out of their dressing room? I didn't think i could like Bruno Mars more than I already did, but I did and I do. A- show IMHO
posted by not_on_display at 9:53 PM on October 17, 2016

"Finally, everyone seemed to have equal time."

Except Moffat. I mean no offense to this new guy, but I saw him in way too many sketches.
posted by komara at 9:59 PM on October 17, 2016

I think they're ramping him up for all the Jimmy Stewart holiday sketches he'll soon be holding down.
posted by rhizome at 10:25 AM on October 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

16th Ann Arbor Short Film Festival

This sketch was genius. One amusing permise really drawn out and made hlarious with Bayer's timing and all the other goofy-indie-movie stuff with the rest of the cast. I hope this sort of sketch replaces those high school drama sketches they did a few too many of.
posted by jessamyn at 6:10 PM on October 18, 2016 [2 favorites]

Would you like an ooey gooey yummy yummy delicious quesadilla....
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