No one could ever accuse
She certainly gives it her all with each performance. Last night she took part in an acrobatic battle-on-wires for her monologue, engaged in a slap-fight with Nasim Pedrad, and ate a rack of ribs while wearing a wig of crimped hair. The effort/spirit she puts into her appearances is admirable, but while designed to please her fans, the performances don't offer much else for viewers who aren't partial to her well-established style of humor.
There were moments in last night's episode, though, when McCarthy wasn't playing a larger-than-life fish-out-of-water. The "SNL" writers seemed to declare that they are not huge football fans, based on their two Super Bowl-related sketches. The cold open featured an ersatz halftime show featuring over-the-top Broadway actors in sparkling jerseys not quite getting it ("I hope I score a tackle for my team!" sang one actor.) The episode was bookended with another bizarro-Super Bowl scene, as an under-prepared Kyle Mooney took a video camera out to Times Square to mumble his way through a Super Bowl fan fest.
Also in celebration of the season was a
Of course, the big news of the episode was
"SNL" returns March 1, post-Olympics, with yet another change: head writer Colin Jost will join Strong at the "Update" desk.