6:47 pm - 12/09/2012

Jamie Foxx Hosts Saturday Night Live: the Best and Worst Sketches

As a veteran of sketch comedy thanks to his stint on In Living Color — which, at the risk of making everyone reach for the Geritol, debuted over 20 years ago — Oscar winner Jamie Foxx carried fairly high expectations into this week’s Saturday Night Live hosting gig. And while the episode contained what I’d argue was the least funny segment all season (more on that in a moment), it also featured enough genuinely funny moments that Foxx didn’t lose his comedic cred in the process.

After another uninspired politically themed cold open and an iffy monologue (Foxx’s little stint at the piano brings our tally to 7 out of 9 Season 38 hosts who’ve kicked things off with a song or dance routine), Foxx worked overtime — appearing in every single segment thereafter — to help right the ship.

Best: Swarovski Crystals Ad

Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong scored huge laughs as two former (possibly brain-damaged) pornstars trying to score themselves some free holiday bling. Because crystals are the same as diamonds and they’re the one thing — okay, the one other thing — that never goes out of style.

Best: Alex Cross 2: Madea Special Ops

Foxx puled off an amazing split personality (and body) in this movie-trailer short, channeling two of Tyler Perry’s most recognizable roles. “Boy, stop talking to him and blow his skinhead brains out!”

Best: Weekend Update Ding Dong

Foxx donned one of the more ridiculous costumes in recent SNL history to play Hostess’ less-talked-about snack cake, a victim of “snack profiling” who called out the Twinkie as nothing more than “a punk-ass sponge cake.” Those references to the Sno Ball and Little Debbie left me howling.

Worst: Maine Justice

Essentially, this was a People’s Court spoof set in the state of Maine, but with everybody except the befuddled defendant acting as if they’d come straight from the bayous of Louisiana. Get it? Get it? Yeah, I didn’t either. I’m not sure I’ve found anything less amusing on SNL all season.

Worst: Tree Pimp

Kenan Thompson in a digital short about a reformed pimp turned Christmas tree salesman. Yep, this stagnant piece actually ended with our title character humping an underage sapling in an alleyway.

Other Sketches


Fiscal Cliff Press Conference Cold Open

Bitch Game Show

Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney

J-Pop: Christmas

Weekend Update: Mrs. Claus

Dress Rehearsal Sketch: Renaldo and Alexi

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ecctv 10th-Dec-2012 12:29 am (UTC)
There was some race chatter in the viewing post last so I'm interested to see how the whole community thinks once they get to see the skits.
laurie_springs 10th-Dec-2012 12:29 am (UTC)
The second game show sketch was good and the Maine one if only because 90% in the live post didn't get it lol
ecctv 10th-Dec-2012 12:30 am (UTC)
III KNOW! I was like, come on guys, you can't think the SNL writers really think the people in Maine speak exactly like New Orleans people.
aglows 10th-Dec-2012 12:33 am (UTC)
Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney was my fav of the night.
ecctv 10th-Dec-2012 12:33 am (UTC)
scriptedending 10th-Dec-2012 02:10 am (UTC)
loved that sketch!
myblackass 10th-Dec-2012 03:25 am (UTC)
Mine too.
ninainhouston 10th-Dec-2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
ME TOO! I lold. :P
romp 10th-Dec-2012 12:44 am (UTC)
was it a reference to the mysterious black voters of Maine?
aslighttwist 10th-Dec-2012 01:09 am (UTC)
idk if it was because i was drunk but the Maine was hilarious to me
freeze_i_say 10th-Dec-2012 08:45 am (UTC)
The Maine Justice skit was hilarious, idgaf
ladyofmachinery 10th-Dec-2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Ugh I seriously dislike this dude
_andrea 10th-Dec-2012 12:32 am (UTC)
The madea short was my favourite moment of the night.
die2nitelive4ev 10th-Dec-2012 01:00 am (UTC)
+1 is Madea voice was spot on
mend 10th-Dec-2012 12:33 am (UTC)
the show was a mess last night. I did like the taped Madea sketch tho

isntdaveone 10th-Dec-2012 12:35 am (UTC)
he's so fucking ugly.

and TRASH too.
davetvs 10th-Dec-2012 12:58 am (UTC)
sad 2 see ur racism rear its ugly head again
isntdaveone 10th-Dec-2012 01:00 am (UTC)

Edited at 2012-12-10 01:00 am (UTC)
la_fours 10th-Dec-2012 12:37 am (UTC)
Overall I enjoyed it. Unfortunately SNL needs to stop making a hosts blackness central to their skits. However I did really enjoy the cold open, Madea, Ding Dong, Dermot vs. Dylan and Swarovski crystals.

I'm still chuckling over Derbel McDillet tbh.
myblackass Unfortunately SNL needs to stop making a hosts blackness central to their skits. 10th-Dec-2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
I agree. It's just lazy, especially when the host is no stranger to improv or stand up.
corduroyskirt 10th-Dec-2012 12:37 am (UTC)
the crystals one was so funny last night, but watching it again now i just don't think it's that great. which makes me sad.

i hate the j-pop america fun time sketch. every time they do it i'm just like, WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO DO THIS.
tipping4_2 10th-Dec-2012 12:44 am (UTC)
lmao I think it was good last night because it was the last sketch, people were starting to get tired, and the randomness of the shit that would come out of their mouth was perplexingly hilarious

now you kind of expect their punchlines (re: ANAL) so they just kind of look stupid :p
colormebadd 10th-Dec-2012 02:13 am (UTC)
i like the j pop sketch only because whenever they pan to fred armisen i die laughing
littlehayzay 10th-Dec-2012 12:38 am (UTC)
seriously, that swarovski crystals thing just kills me, said it last night, but i worked at a place where we sold them, loose and nobody can fucking pronounce them right:

sharky lmao
cuteej4 10th-Dec-2012 12:40 am (UTC)
LOL swarthy
littlehayzay 10th-Dec-2012 12:41 am (UTC)
pirates need crystals, too.

swarthy ones

or swashbuckler ones, either way
autophanous 10th-Dec-2012 12:40 am (UTC)
I had a friend who used to work at taco bell and people would come in and want a quesadilla, which they called a quasimodo.
beck_rocks 10th-Dec-2012 12:41 am (UTC)
How do you say it?
heure_actuelle 10th-Dec-2012 12:56 am (UTC)
lol swarthy's my fav
railway 10th-Dec-2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
Ugh, former Swarovski employee here. Our fucking AREA MANAGER's voice mail said SHAROVSKI CRYSTAL and I just wanted to reach through the phone and punch her. You work somewhere, at least try to get the fucking name right.
likegunfire 10th-Dec-2012 12:39 am (UTC)
the only good part of this season is Kate McKinnon
schexyschteve 10th-Dec-2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Excuse me, Taran and Bobby are also fabulous
likegunfire 10th-Dec-2012 12:44 am (UTC)
o yeah bobby's good too <3
idrc about taran tho he's nothing special
littlehayzay 10th-Dec-2012 12:43 am (UTC)
omg her and louis ck and that vile tonguing is burned into my brain and now i don't know if i can love her as much anymore
tebtosca 10th-Dec-2012 01:29 am (UTC)
I don't watch a lot (though I love Kate from the Big Gay Sketch Show) but that Cecily chick looks pretty good from the clips above
romp 10th-Dec-2012 12:41 am (UTC)
What was the joke with the Bitch game show? IDGI
myblackass 10th-Dec-2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
I think it just wasn't funny.
tipping4_2 10th-Dec-2012 12:41 am (UTC)
The Mrs. Clause sketch was the first time that new Aidy girl stood out for me. I thought it was qt

Overall a good show I thought. There weren't a lot of sketches I didn't like... just the JPop America one, and the Bitch What's The Answer sketch. everything else was solid. Dermot McDermott <3

Oh but only having Kate on for like 0.0005 seconds is a big no-no
aslighttwist 10th-Dec-2012 12:42 am (UTC)
I only saw the last 45min of the episode but what it did see was very entertaining.
roxas39 10th-Dec-2012 12:43 am (UTC)
where's your icon from?
aslighttwist 10th-Dec-2012 12:47 am (UTC)
queer as folk
baby_phat_honne 10th-Dec-2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Tree Pimp fucking slayed me... I wonder about myself sometimes but idgaf that thing had me in tears.... esp. when he was talking to that baby tree
diosabellissima 10th-Dec-2012 12:49 am (UTC)
Me too! I was dying. Maybe it's because I love those HBO documentaries about prostitution, so it was dead on with that.
baby_phat_honne 10th-Dec-2012 01:02 am (UTC)
Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight! Those are my joints. I just love the narrator and how smooth he sounds.
heure_actuelle 10th-Dec-2012 12:58 am (UTC)
I liked it too, esp when the one tree went down on Fred in the car lol
aslighttwist 10th-Dec-2012 01:11 am (UTC)
me too
tellthylove 10th-Dec-2012 01:16 am (UTC)
lol that was one of my favs... surprised to see it on the "worst" list
blue_birds 10th-Dec-2012 01:45 am (UTC)
lmao same
colormebadd 10th-Dec-2012 02:19 am (UTC)
that was brilliant
fauxkaren 10th-Dec-2012 03:06 am (UTC)
SAME. Why is it on the worst list?

I died at the saplings.

And at the tree going down on Fred Amisen.
zness 10th-Dec-2012 04:27 am (UTC)
ia, I thought it was hilarious -- especially with the high end pimp having the rockeller center tree lol
tankmachine 10th-Dec-2012 12:43 am (UTC)
the Swarovski one was my favorite lol
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