SNL Recap: Daniel Radcliffe and Lana Del Rey Episode of Saturday Night Live

Star of the Harry Potter film series, Daniel Radcliffe, was hosting SNL last night. I was never a fan of Harry Potter, but I was pretty excited for tonight’s show. Radcliffe is a big star with a big following, and the SNL cast members and writers always try and show up for such occasions.

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Cold Opening

SNL opened with Mitt Romney at a diner in South Carolina. Romney’s SNL character is just like him in real life, very similar to a human robot, like when he says his human sons enjoy watching football.

The main joke of the bit was about Romney’s recent comments on how he enjoys firing people.  They fit this joke in the skit when Romney kept on removing or “firing” items from his meal. Okay start for the show, and Jason Sudeikis’ impression of Romney is pretty solid.

Grade: B-

Opening Monologue

Daniel Radcliffe came out and quickly told the audience that he didn’t want to do any Harry Potter skits. This disappointed Dumbledore ( working at Harry Pottery Barn) and Harry Pothead. Strong opening and Daniel Radcliffe seemed very comfortable on stage.

Grade: B+

Ricky Gervais at The Golden Globes

Sudeikis is back as Ricky Gervais and his impression is spot on. Ricky takes a few jabs at some clebs and then they mention the other award shows he will be host. This is where the bit stalled, as none of the other award shows were as funny as the Golden Globes.

Grade: C+

Target Lady

It’s been a while since we have seen the Target Lady, and it was refreshing to finally see her back. I also liked Daniel’s character, the creepy, mullet-sporting employee. He has a crush on the Target Lady and finally at the end of the bit he works up enough courage to ask her out. Also plenty of silly Target Lady quotes.

Grade: B (Approved!!!)

You Can Do Anything!

Poking fun at this generation’s group of people that think they are talented just because they have a website or they post videos on YouTube. Radcliffe played an Irish step dancing Chinese calligraphy artist was funny, and he showed some pretty good dance moves.

Grade: B

Spin the Bottle

This seemed like a Digital Short and was shot very similar to one too. Although it wasn’t, it still was a good bit. Radcliffe’s character is trying to steal a kiss from a girl he likes during a game of spin the bottle, but he keeps on getting stuck on homeless people. Been there before.

Grade: B-

Delaware Fellas

Apparently it cost 130 bucks to go see Jersey Boys, but the fine folks in Delaware have a cheaper alternative for you: the Delaware Fellas. First bad sketch of the night, but I did like crazy Joe Biden.

Grade: C-

Harry Potter in 2020

Bad news for Daniel, they did a Harry sketch, but at least it was hilarious. It’s the year 2020 and after Harry killed Voldemort he doesn’t have much to with his life so he is reliving his glory years at Hogwarts. All of Harry’s friends have grown up and become very successful, while Harry is playing Quidditch alone and making cheering noises.

Grade: A-

Weekend Update

I really enjoyed this Weekend Update, mostly because Nicolas Fehn wasn’t in it. Plenty of funny headlines, like 5 second Raul and the teen’s booming drug business.

The “Muammar Gaddafi’s Two Best Friends from Growing Up” was one of my favorite character on Update. It’s too bad that Gaddafi died, now we can never see them again . . . wait forget I ever said that. Now we have “Kim Jong Un’s Two Best Friends from Growing Up” which is still pretty solid. And Casey Anthony’s dog was both terrifying and hilarious at the same time.

Grade: A-

X27 Theatre: 2012 Family

This was a look at the modern family from the future. Okay sketch. A few bright spots were wolverines as pets in the future and Taylor Swift will assassinate a president.

Grade: C

Glenda Okones

Kristen Wiig’s bitchy Glenda Okones is a no-nonsense gal who is running for Mayor. Although this bit wasn’t too funny, I thought Okones had potential and a few good quotes, but nothing great.

Grade: C+

Glenda Okones: Part 2

I didn’t expect to see Glenda again after the commercial break, but I am glad I did.  She likes her youngest child more than her oldest.  Also she doesn’t care about the environment, so I am guessing she is a Republican.

Grade: B

The Jay Pharoah Show

This was a gamble by Jay Pharoah and SNL. Those of you who don’t tune into SNL might not get this sketch. But basically Pharoah and Radcliffe play themselves in Jay’s talk show. Jay asks Daniel some questions about himself and then Jay follows up with an impression of a famous celebrity.

After you finish watching the bit you can tell that Jay is only good at doing impressions on the Jay Pharoah Show. But he is very bad at everything else, like interviewing the guests. The Jay Pharoah show symbolizes Jay on SNL. Basically he is saying that SNL only thinks he is good for impressions, but he want to do other things like actual characters.

I really liked this sketch and appreciate the gamble they took. I hope this isn’t the last we are hearing about this.

Grade: A

Glenda Okones: Part 3

Glenda is back and she admitting that she has attacked her own mother, and I am not surprised. I kinda liked Glenda Okones and I am happy we saw more of her. She has my vote.

Grade: B-

Exit Polls

A lot of time Kristen Wiig is funnier when she plays a more mild weirdo, sort of like her character in Bridesmades. Normally the last sketch is a very weird one, but this one was normal and pretty good. It even could of fit in the beginning of the show.

Grade: B+

Headz Up

This new app called Headz Up will alert people of their surroundings because they can’t look up because they are completely distracted by their smart phones. Okay commercial, my favorite alert was “Your Wife is Talking”.

Grade: C

Random Thoughts

  • “Or a Democrat voting sarcastically”
  • “Approved!!!”
  • Really only 56% of Mormons believe that America is ready for a Mormon president? That has to be the most rational thing they believe in.
  • I think its save to say that Mitt Romney is the Republicans saftey school.
  • “If you’re a spaceman, legally you have to tell me”


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