At first I could not put my finger on it…what is it about Ben Stiller that caused him to be a mere bit player in every sketch this week? After last week, where Melissa McCarthy stole every scene and was featured prominently in everything except the digital short, where was Ben Stiller this week?
So many questions, so few answers. Well, one answer: His face. Cruel, yes, but I speak the truth. It is the only thing that makes sense, since he has himself created such amazing and memorable characters (Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, etc.). Throughout the show we saw him as the unfunny lawyer, the weird boss, the V-neck guy. Ben Stiller’s lined, aged face only popped up a few times throughout the show. I feel like he spoke more introducing Foster the People than he did in any sketch.
Speaking of Foster the People…um. Wow. I must say the “Pumped up Kicks” is perhaps both the catchiest and worst song ever produced. I kind of think that Foster the People hate this song as much as I do because of the awkward and stiff way in which they performed. SNL gives artists two slots to perform and it is almost always the same: #1 is the radio-released popular song and #2 is the fun, artsier song meant to catch more people. And obviously, the way to catch more people is to play a great song and then, for no reason at all, add KENNY G to rock out with his alto sax out. Ugh. I threw up in my mouth a little when the band giddily embraced Kenny at the end of the song. Nerds.
The rest of the show was not awful. Kristen Wiig pooping peanuts. Stefon and human fire extinguishers. The V-Neck digital short brought attention to a thing that I did not even realize is totally a thing.
The highlight for me was at the end of the Fox and Friends sketch — pause the screen for the highlights of redaction — President Obama did not pardon Carmen San Diego. Christopher Columbus sailed to find a trade route to the West Indies not to flee dragons. General Tso did not win the Civil War for the Confederacy.