Saturday, April 20, 2024

Only Stars in the Building: “SNL” Like Great Old Days with Steve Martin, Martin Short, Brandi Carlile


To say last night’s installment of “Saturday Night Live” was a relief is an understatement. It came off like real show, with top notch writing and acting, and singing. It was funny, it was messy, it had authority.

Steve Martin and Martin Short, two “SNL” alumnus superstars, hosted. Brandi Carlile, a consummate singer, was musical guest. Selena Gomez, who co-stars with the Martins in “Only Murders in the Building,” dropped in for the monologue and a cameo. Everyone’s game was upped. Cecily Strong really rose to the occasion, so did Kenan Thompson. Mikey Day seemed enthused. All the new people were good. “Weekend Update” was jaunty.

At the end, Marty Short thanked Lorne Michaels. My guess is this show will win an Emmy and so will the hosts. It was that good. The “Father of the Bride” sketch was hilarious, with everyone chiming in. I’m just sorry Short’s Ed Grimley didn’t show up. He could have since Short never ages!

We have one show to go in 2022. “Elvis” star Austin Butler is coming and he’d better turn the studio into Heartbreak Hotel. The Yeah Yeahs Yeahs as No No No because of COVID, they say, so Lizzo– who pulled double duty last spring — is returning as musical guest. She can play the flute. (Why don’t they do a Pied Piper number with her?)
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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