We’ve talked a lot about the shortcomings of this season of “Saturday Night Live,” but this past weekend’s show was as funny and provocative as the series was at its peak. It was helped along by host James Franco, who has experience with comedy and improvisation. But the writing on Saturday night (December 19) was also top-notch, with a delightfully deranged digital short, the return of Andy Samberg’s Mark Wahlberg impression and the funniest “Weekend Update” in ages, thanks mostly to Bobby Moynihan’s turn as Snooki from “Jersey Shore.”
As Snooki, Moynihan discussed “Jersey Shore” with “Weekend Update” host Seth Meyers. He was dressed in a terrible poof wig, was covered in orange make-up and was exposing his chest hair for the duration of the interview, which made for a very funny physical gag. But the jokes were great too, including the incredible kicker, which saw Snooki suggest that Meyers call her “Garfield” because she’s orange and loves lasagna. The segment also featured a cameo by the Situation (played by Bill Hader), who showed off his “back abs” in another surreal moment.
The rest of the show featured a stellar performance of “Uprising” care of musical guests Muse, a bizarre Christmas special starring Vincent Price and the return of “What Up With That?” They say that you’re not really famous until you’ve been spoofed on “Saturday Night Live,” which means that Snooki has finally arrived. Perhaps her new reality show “Snookin’ For Love” (which she pitched to Conan O’Brien on “The Tonight Show” last week) is just around the corner.