One of my funny quirks (well, it's funny to me) is that I tend to sleep through Saturday Night Live episodes at times. That's why you didn't see an Alec Baldwin/Christina Aguilera review from me last week. I did manage to catch everything from Weekend Update on, and it seemed more of the same from Lorne and the gang.
That might sound ludicrous considering Baldwin hosting and six cameos. I've been accused of rehashing the past too much with earlier SNL reviews, but how else can you explain cameos from Steve Martin, Martin Short, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, and Paul McCartney? The only cameo appearance that didn't tie in with SNL's past was Tony Bennett's, and that only came about due to Alec Baldwin playing him as a recurring character.
I will review the Baldwin episode when it is rerun, since SNL is improving. It's obvious Baldwin is being groomed for Most Frequent SNL Host in History status. I have the feeling he'll host fifteen more times before the show gets sick of him twenty-five years from now.
Oh, this week we had cast members in turkey suits introducing Ludacris as musical guest. So SNL isn't thoroughly obsessive about its past, then? Huh?
Ludacris was a pretty damn entertaining host. I wasn't expecting much from the man — combination hosts/musical guests are a mixed bag and there's a tendency for a general-interest sketch comedy show to "go black" whenever there's a black host. Ludacris' SNL episode is no exception, but he carried the show. While not a classic, none of the sketches were of "Big Wigs" quality — well, aside from a sketch about a lesbian cruise, and even that wasn't too offensive. SNL wasn't trying to top the orgiastic self-love of last week and it would seem churlish if it did.