For non-Americans, hosting Saturday Night Live was once seen as a prestigious gig that helped put a stamp on their star cast. An invitation from SNL is the equivalent of being told, “You broke America – come and join our club.”
the list of Irish stars who have hosted the show is a short but outstanding one. At least the results were clearly mixed.
1995, the year of The usual suspectsGabriel Byrne, accompanied by eye-catching music and with two SNL The cast dressed as a bottle of whiskey and a potato danced behind him, delivering a monologue glorifying the Irish in America while simultaneously popping up stereotypes of Irish – albeit original sketching with Byrne as the cooking show host Keith Richards was the real high point.
Pierce Brosnan in 2001, when he was still James Bond, was badly served by a bleak sketch that featured him and Jimmy Fallon as gay clothing store assistants, trimming seemingly like it lasts forever.
Hilarious music, a goblin and other painful clichés by Paddywhack go viral as Liam Neeson hosts the show SNL in 2004. That same year, Colin Farrell – whose natural gift for comedy most others lack – overcame his initial nervousness and became sparkling in a few half-baked sketches.
But for any Irish star, the main aim is not to sink to the level that Saoirse Ronan did during her terrifying time in 2017. Her song is about pronunciation. her true name (yawn) is merely a warm-up for a feeling of discomfort, see through your fingers the outline of Aer Lingus.
Even people who are usually amused SNL The studio audience seemed embarrassed and amused at the jokes about the dogs on the runway and the in-flight menu featuring nothing but potatoes.
Never mind Ronan; How do screenwriters let something so brutal get out of a script meeting?
And so, to Brendan Gleeson, this week’s host. Opening his monologue by admitting he wasn’t a born joker, Gleeson called out his mandolin and played a tune by Barney McKenna (not a name I never expected). be heard SNL), interspersed with gentle stories about his family.
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Referring to his “weird and wonderful” co-star from In Bruges and now Inisherin’s BansheesColin Farrell, saw the man gathering at the party and asked Gleeson who his favorite co-star was.
“Paddington Bear,” replied.
A mediocre sketch of the movieintroduced Gleeson as one of two old ladies whose job was to read Marilyn Monroe’s fan mail
But what about his favorite co-star whose name starts with the letter C.
Those are fuzzy stuff, but at least no dogs, potatoes, or goblins.
Better yet, one of the show’s regular “Please Don’t Destroy” segments, with Gleeson as a senior in high school revealing his secret to his friends.
“Remember when I told you I was 17 years old? I am 67 years old. My name is Seamus O’Sullivan. “
But what about all the times he scored were drugs?
“Those are blood thinners!”
Good, silly fun, even though it has died down, for so much SNL sketching has a routine to do.
A mediocre sketch of the movie Yellow introduced Gleeson as one of two old ladies whose job was to read Marilyn Monroe’s fan mail.
The only gag, which extends to the bottom line, is that all the letters refer to Monroe as a “whore.” Even so, Gleeson makes an old biddy dodge well.
Worse, by some measures, was a sketch with Gleeson as an official presiding over a committee meeting to come up with a catchy new tagline for Denver. The agenda is interrupted by one of the women revealing that she has had her eyes changed (she wears the bulging eyes you find at joke shops).
With no goals and no interest, and with nothing to do with Gleeson, it went on too long and got nowhere.
Gleeson as a warrior leader doesn’t know how blood oaths work (“We don’t take blood oaths in my tribe”). Instead of slicing lightly on the palm of his hand, he made a deep cut and began to spray blood on people.
It was a joke SNL used many times in the past, but Gleeson and the crew were clearly happy. So did the audience.
A late morning flash reveals Gleeson as an old man traveling with his actor nephew for a headshot, only to find that the photographer wanted to take his picture. Farrell reappeared, playing himself, and the two men ended up posing in a striking hilarious pose and appearing on the cover of the magazine.
Gleeson is the game, and still as watchable and adorable as ever. Problem with Saturday night live never the server, though; it’s the program itself. It has been sliding for many years.
The only consistently funny segment is “Weekly Updates”. Elsewhere, the writing is generally poor, with lengthy outlines, clear humor, and tame and toothless attempts at political satire.
Then again, when looking at some of the YouTube sketches from the supposed golden age of Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase et al, you have to wonder if it was the right time. Either is appreciated or not.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-news/brendan-gleeson-is-game-for-a-laugh-but-the-problem-with-saturday-night-live-is-never-the-host-its-the-show-itself-42052964.html Brendan Gleeson is a game to make laughs but the problem with Saturday Night Live was never the host – it was the show itself