The FCC's control over content has its heaviest impact on British comedians. It's difficult to imagine Russell Brand entertaining any audience without his repetitive spitting of c-words. This week on SNL, he somehow overcame the American adversity and received a few laughs from his monologue. Though he has claimed to be drug-free, it's hard to believe anyone could be so wide-eyed and off the wall (5-Hour Energy abuse?).
Nearly a third of the episode was occupied by Seth Meyers' "Weekend Update". Though he's no Chevy Chase or Colin Quinn, Meyers' recurring guests make the satirical news a highlight of the show. This week a Baeble-favorite, Bill Hader's Stefon, gave us a look inside NYC's Valentine's Day party scene. Don't expect any of the Baeble crew to make an appearance at Booooooooof (coked up Gremlin or not).
The greatest feature of the episode was the fictional preview of British thriller, "Dont Go Rounin' Roun to Re Ro". Let's be honest with ourselves, none of us know anything about the plots of Guy Ritchie flicks. Guns, darkness, and Brad Pitt kicking a*s established American fan bases. This trailer shows us that Fred Armisen could have given Tom Hardy a run for his money in "Bronson" auditions.
This week's musical guest, Chris Brown, performed his songs "Yeah 3x" and "No BS". Brown proved to us all that his dance posse would be a force to reckon with in a "West Side Story" knife fight. Personally, we would have preferred to see Aldous and Infant Sorrow's "Inside of You". [Ed. Note: AGREED. And/or "We've Got To Do Something"?]
In two weeks, Miley Cyrus will host SNL with musical guest, The Strokes. A strange combo, but this week has proven that they can work with worse. At least we can look forward to The Strokes' performances, and of course, an appearance of Mr. Achy Breaky Heart.