‘SNL’ Review: Kevin Hart

Saturday Night Live - Season 43
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Kevin Hart hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time on December 16. It was the last show of 2017 for the sketch show. Although the show can feel politically heavy, this episode relied on it to keep up the momentum. Beginning with a questionable stand-up routine, I was a little nervous for what was to come. Here are some notable sketches from the night.

#1 White House Tree Trimming Cold Open

Saturday Night Live - Season 43
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This had to be the strongest sketch of the night. The characters were flawless and the jokes were solid. The show thrives on political mayhem and between Roy Moore losing and Omarosa getting fired, the writers had a lot to work with.

#2 Weekend Update of Doug Jones Defeating Roy Moore

Once again the political news of the week took the spotlight. The first half of Weekend Update focused on the Alabama senate race and the events that followed the election.

#3 Nativity Play

SNL has had some amazing Christmas sketches over the last 43 years. While I don’t think this one will join the ranks of classics like Schweddy Balls or Wrappinville,┬áit’s still fun. The idea of using a llama to play a camel in the nativity play is just weird enough to make it work.

#4 Kevin Hart Stand-Up Monologue

I always have extremely high expectations for a comedian’s monologue. Especially since Hart has delivered some incredible ones in the past. This one just didn’t go well. He lost me the moment he mentioned not being excited about his wife’s pregnancy. It just seemed like an odd topic of conversation for someone who admits to cheating on his pregnant wife. Although there were some funny moments, I think he went about it the wrong way and it felt awkward.

#5 Captain Shadow and the Cardinal

The highlight of this sketch was Chris Redd. The featured player has been making his mark on the show this season. He’s the perfect sidekick in this sketch but I hope to see him start taking the lead soon.

Saturday night Live will return on January 13 with host Sam Rockewell.

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