Saturday Night Live: Emma Stone, Shawn Mendes
December 4, 2016 1:18 AM - Season 42, Episode 8 - Subscribe

Host: Emma Stone, Musical Guest: Shawn Mendes

  • Trump Retweeting - Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Alec Baldwin, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Melissa Villaseñor, Vanessa Bayer, Bobby Moynihan
  • Opening Monologue - Emma Stone
  • Student Theatre Showcase - Aidy Bryant, Emma Stone, Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennet, Kate McKinnon, Kennan Thompson, Vanessa Bayer, Mikey Day
  • Candle Regifting - Kate McKinnon, Emma Stone, Aidy Bryant, Vanessa Bayer, Sasheer Zamata, Leslie Jones, Melissa Villaseñor
  • Math - Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Kate McKinnon, Emma Stone, Kennan Thompson
  • The Hunt for Hil - Beck Bennet, Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer, Kyle Mooney, Kennan Thompson
  • Shawn Mendes - Mercy
  • Weekend Update - Michael Che, Colin Jost
    • Commentary - Leslie Jones
    • Rachel From Friends - Vanessa Bayer, Jennifer Aniston

  • Office Christmas Show - Beck Bennet, Leslie Jones, Pete Davidson, Alex Moffat, Emma Stone, Cecily Strong, Sasheer Zamata, Melissa Villaseñor

  • Paley Center Event - Sasheer Zamata, Leslie Jones, Emma Stone, Kate McKinnon, Jennifer Aniston

  • Wells for Sensitive Boys - Cecily Strong, Emma Stone, Bobby Moynihan

  • Shawn Mendes - Treat You Better

  • Nativity Scene - Emma Stone, Kyle Mooney, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Kennan Thompson, Beck Bennet, Alex Moffat, Bobby Moynihan

posted by DizzyOnBugSpray (9 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Slightly better than mediocre as a whole, but I was super excited to see the Backstage Llama actually used in a sketch!
posted by elsietheeel at 9:13 AM on December 4, 2016 [2 favorites]

I was actually sort of touched by "Wells for Sensitive Boys."
posted by MrBadExample at 1:16 PM on December 4, 2016 [6 favorites]

The kid in Wells was played so well! I also liked "Bad Boy Bobby Moynihan" in the monologue, the Office Christmas Party, and of course Student Theater Showcase. Nativity was obviously a show-ender, and Math was almost pretty good but ultimately underbaked.

I'm not sure where BaldwinTrump is going to go, I'd assume they're going to stop after the inauguration? It would serve to remove SNL as his "Quayle's Murphy Brown."
posted by rhizome at 8:44 PM on December 4, 2016

Candle Regifting wasn't the greatest digital short but I still found it very amusing, I think because of the actresses chewing the scenery so hard.

Paley Center Event cracked my shit up.

Wells for Boys was a little too real as a mom of sensitive boys, I totally did tear up.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:14 PM on December 4, 2016 [1 favorite]

Wells for Boys was kind of genius.

I never really thought Student Theatre Showcase should be a recurring sketch but I laughed a few times so I guess they can continue. Maybe not too often though.

The Hunt for Hil was a pretty decent prerecorded segment. Good premise, though she's been seen in the woods, what, twice?

There has yet to be a bad show this season, which is kind of rare. SNL can so often be a disappointment with great episodes much less common than bad episodes but I hope this trend continues.
posted by bondcliff at 7:17 AM on December 5, 2016

The Well/Balcony for boys was great.

Jennifer Aniston's surprise guest appearance(s) was... a surprise. Interesting that she didn't show up at the closing scene, to not upstage Emma Stone? Or did she pre-record her scenes?

Otherwise, this episode felt like a reversion-to-mean after a better-than-the-last-few-seasons this season.
posted by porpoise at 10:28 AM on December 5, 2016

"...AND THIS ONE THING IS FOR HIM!" was actually a pretty great moment.

Also, serious kudos to SNL for managing to make that sketch without "punching down" even once.
posted by schmod at 11:22 AM on December 5, 2016 [3 favorites]

I'm not sure where BaldwinTrump is going to go, I'd assume they're going to stop after the inauguration?

It should be the cold open every week until he snaps & does something really drastic & stupid. I don't particularly care how well it's done, it's clearly getting under his skin more than anything else in the universe so it needs to happen again & again. I would watch the hell out of an entire episode of just Trump gags.
posted by scalefree at 3:55 PM on December 9, 2016 [2 favorites]

Good One: A Podcast About Jokes had writers Julio Torres and Jeremy Beiler on today's episode to talk about the "Wells for Boys" sketch.
posted by Gary at 10:11 AM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

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