Tonight marked the season finale of Saturday Night Live and we were all hoping to end things on a high note with former cast member Andy Samberg returning as host for the first time in his career. While not every sketch landed and there was a heavy reliance on surprise cameos, the night was probably the most fun we’ve had all season long and leaves us with a savory taste to enjoy while SNL takes a break over the summer.
While not every sketch hit, there were some truly classic moments on the show tonight and plenty of gut-busting jokes that made up for some of the more lame episodes we’ve had to endure this season. For starters, the energy on the night was just different thanks to Samberg, as he helped inject the show with his hyped up, care-free style straight from the beginning. That’s also when the surprise cameos started but we didn’t really mind them despite the fact they were an obvious crutch. Unlike other episodes, the guest cameos helped the sketches along rather than distract us from what we were watching.
Perhaps the finest sketch all season long came when everyone’s favorite kissing family returned to absolutely roast those put there who had a problem with St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend when he was drafted this past weekend. The entire sketch not only was filled with cameos from Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and others but it was the best middle finger to anyone who had a problem watching the Michael Sam kiss last weekend but found themselves laughing at the exact same thing tonight. We look to SNL for satire like this and for once this season they delivered with a perfect 10.
We also saw the return of Samberg’s impression of Nicolas Cage, which featured a cameo from Paul Rudd but also saw Samberg sink back into the hilarious role of Cage during Weekend update.
Even the otherwise bland ‘Confident Hunchback’ sketch seemed to work thanks to Samberg’s energy. It was hard not to laugh at the hijinks we saw as even if things were stupid, they worked in a way that made them hilarious which is something that the rest of this season really seemed to lack.
All in all, this season of SNL was capped off the way we wanted as the sour taste of the lesser episodes was diluted and washed away thanks to Samberg’s duty as host. He basically just did what he was hired to do has a cast member which both helped give the night a nice nostalgic feel but also made us miss the old days when SNL worked a lot better than it did this past season.