As Tracy Morgan points out in his "Saturday Night Live" monologue, returning as a host means that he gets to be in a lot more skits than when he was a cast member. Indeed, in the March 14th edition, he certainly gets a ton of face time, including this silly opening sequence in which he gets pissed off that he's not immediately recognized on his old stomping grounds.
Much of his appearances follow the same path, not making a whole lot of sense, but delivered in a booming, declarative manner that makes you chuckle. "Deal with it, Cate Blanchett!"
The consistently funny and versatile Kristen Wiig's tribute to Barbie's 50th birthday is a hoot — especially watching her trying to maneuver her permanently posed arms and hands and when we discover that not all is well in Mattel paradise with the emasculated Ken.
Of Morgan's skits for the night, the "Scared Straight" parody is notable since cast member Bill Hader obviously cracks up at their antics, and the bizarre "Family Flix" skit with Wiig playing the straight man dances the line between tasteless and preposterous. In the great "SNL" tradition, however, we do get a new ad for a faux product that suppresses erections — you know, for those times when it'd be inappropriate to be visibly aroused.
Finally, Hader and Andy Samberg bring us another winning digital short. Alas, it's not another music video (more "I'm on a Boat" please), but it's a smart, playful bit that features visual gags based on our behavior at parties and our wonderful English language.
Kelly Clarkson was the musical guest, but she was kind of a snore, singing "My Life Would Suck Without You" and "I Do Not Hook Up." She recently acknowledged in an interview that she's never been Hollywood thin, but seeing her in that sober blue tunic brought to mind all those pregnancy rumors.
All in all, The Rock brought the funny back last week with "The Rock Obama," and although Morgan wasn't as spot on with his impersonations, it was still an enjoyable, light-hearted and fast-paced show.
What did you think of the show? Did you like these skits? Did we leave any of your favorites out? Are you still giving "SNL" a chance? Did you miss the political parodies this time around?