'SNL' Had Its Best Show This Season Thanks to Steve Martin, Martin Short and Brandi Carlile December 10, 2022
The Cold Open
Bowen Yang, Cecily Strong, and Kenan Thompson appeared in formal wear to sing us a song about blocking out one's problems until after Christmas. The dark tune about repression and anxiety also featured Sarah Sherman and Ego Nwodim, and went into humorous topical critiques of the likes of Elon Musk and Adolf Hitler, all of which was rather strong in its sarcasm.
live in a delusional state this christmas pic.twitter.com/3W3owb3bZB— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2022
Comedy icons Steve Martin and Martin Short hit the stage and got right into their faux animosity, comparing the lopsided number of hosting turns between them. They continued with some perfectly timed and sharp jabs at each other and others, which culminated with each of them sharing the eulogies they'd penned for the other in the event of their deaths, which was hilarious, holy shit. So many great jokes delivered by two masters (and their writers), with a brief cameo by their Only Murders in the Building costar Selena Gomez — this was excellent.
Steve Martin and Martin Short's monologue! pic.twitter.com/WtPDftW3gg— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2022
Martin and Short played the hosts of a PBS Kids show called Science Room, whose guests — young, not-so-bright kids played by Cecily Strong and Mikey Day — could not answer the simplest questions or participate in any exercise without flustering the hosts. This was funny.
happy holidays from the science room pic.twitter.com/DovkMS8WyG— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2022
please don't destroy: Chelsea
The pdd boys got into some awkward business when John got back together with his ex-girlfriend. The surreal friction kept escalating with a cameo from the hosts and also Sarah Sherman's actual dad. Good, frenetic stuff, as usual.
Please Don't Destroy - Chelsea pic.twitter.com/8HDmDxt8j3— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2022
The Holiday Train
In an old-timey setting, a musical train ride to Buffalo featured Martin, Short, Cecily Strong and Kenan Thompson, who sang a whimsical song about seeing snow for the first time. As it happened, things were not all that they seemed, and this funny piece gave us an odd twist.
excited for snoooow pic.twitter.com/OI8nA9GeXh— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2022
Santa and Sprinkles
Martin and Short played a mall Santa and elf, respectively, and greeted kids with Christmas wishes. Things went a bit askew, because Sprinkles (or Pringles?) was such a small ball of concentrated rage, and then the pair also developed an unrequited need for speed. This was chaotically amusing.
A Christmas Carol
In this remote depiction of the Dickens classic, Short played Scrooge, having just awoken from a visit from three spirits with the intention of doing good. Sadly, Scrooge began mutilating and killing small children with each coin he tossed their way (including Sarah Sherman, who maybe had a hand in writing this, as it seemed to fit her aesthetic), which was a gruesomely bloody spin on the holiday classic, and garnered some shocked laughs.
The stirring conclusion of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" pic.twitter.com/1xTBKrs4Bs— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2022
A powerhouse, Brandi Carlile brought an element of surprise to her second episode as the musical guest. Giving new definition to a familiar quiet-loud-quiet dynamic, Carlile revisited her 2007 song, "The Story," playing a sunburst acoustic Gibson and, just as her band and a string section built the song up enough, Carlile swapped her folksy strumming and picking for a Jimmy Page-looking Les Paul and got chugging. Capped off by an astonishing a cappella display, Carlile stood out on SNL once again.
For "You and Me on the Rock," Carlile and her band, including members of Lucius, channeled her hero and friend Joni Mitchell with a lovely and sunny song of romantic devotion, which was charming and inspired.
Colin Jost began by ridiculing Kyrsten Sinema's decision to leave the Democratic Party, while Michael Che made an amazing Herschel Walker joke and a darker one about Vice President Kamala Harris. Che ridiculed Jost's acting during a same-sex marriage bit, while Jost got into the World Cup by criticizing Qatar's human rights record.
Colin Jost and Michael Che with Weekend Update! pic.twitter.com/tasyz8DFbL— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2022
Che made an amazing Kyrie Irving flat-Earther dig and then introduced Mary Anne Louise Fischer, a frantic, chaotic shopper played by Ego Nwodim, who had some duplicitous and outlandish tips for everyone wanting to get the upper hand this shopping season.
Holiday shopper Mary Anne Louise Fischer stops by the Update desk! pic.twitter.com/n3UFVbEK38— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2022
Jost gleefully reported on Chris Christie's niece's recent on-flight altercation and then made a joke about a woman who brought three buckets of faeces to a police station. Chloe Fineman and Mikey Day played Kurt and Deb from Wyoming, a couple who offered sex and relationship advice. This was just a platform for Fineman to do a number of celebrity micro-impressions, including Jost's wife, Scarlett Johansson, all of which wasn't really that great.
Kurt and Deb from Wyoming have some advice for married couples pic.twitter.com/8Qoeu9wfCK— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2022
How to Treat Your Man
Short played this show's host, Minky Carmichael, who, along with his sidekick, Heidi Gardner's Jen Fonger-Bhang, doled out questionably harsh and sleazy advice to women who don't know how to please their men. After a series of roast-like one-liners and strange dances by Carmichael, things took a turn when Cecily Strong played an ex, who revealed some strange physiological secrets about Minky. This was very 12:55 a.m., but 20 minutes earlier than usual.
minky is not lying pic.twitter.com/nMLnRt5lZR— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2022
Father of the Bride Part 8
Martin engaged in a parody of one of his biggest film franchises, Father of the Bride, which also featured Short as a foreigner of indiscernible descent. Fully loaded, with Fineman playing Diane Keaton and cameos by Kieran Culkin (who actually appeared in the original film series) and Selena Gomez, this was a bit of technical mess in terms of direction, but it was nostalgic and funny.
Father of the Bride Part 8 pic.twitter.com/KDvLUQFMPL— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2022
next week! pic.twitter.com/gWmwpmKCAf— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2022