Sunday, June 16, 2024

“SNL” Finishes Shortened Season “At Home” with Top Notch Show, Subversive “Let Kids Drink” Recalls Old Show


Last night’s “Saturday Night Live at Home” finished a shortened season with some subversive and off the wall material. Kristen Wiig hosted, she was sort of brilliant. BoyzIIMen performed, which was notable since they’re a “legacy” group and not contemporary. “SNL” musical acts are generally younger. Good for them. Tina Fey also showed up during Weekend Update.

All the pieces are taped, obviously, so credit to the editors, who did a superb job. The whole show had an edge. Loved Cecily Strong’s Jeannine Pirro. The cold open was also excellent. But the best piece was “Let Kids Drink,” which was so Soupy Sales-ish that he must have been chortling in heaven. It was incredibly funny, not PC, and completely off the wall. Loved it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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