I grew up in Massachusetts at around the same time as Bill Burr. I would have flipped the mafia sketch and the beer commercial, but I’m not Lorne. — Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) October 11, 2020 The monologue Somehow only now making his first hosting turn despite being one of the world's most popular comedians, Bill Burr … “I have a lot of wigs and mustaches at my disposal.”. “Bill Burr can fuck himself. During the latest episode, the actor, who stars in "The King of Staten Island," gave a stand-up segment that addressed topics including cancel culture, anti-maskers, marginalized groups, and … Buy a Pajiba T-Shirt at the Pajiba Store, Trumpdates: We Will Never Live Down 'Basket Full of Deplorables', Dr. Fauci Is Pissed That the Trump Campaign Featured Him in an Ad Without His Approval. A recap of Saturday Night Live’s October 10, 2020 episode, featuring Bill Burr and musical guest Jack White, replacing Morgan Wallen. They just can’t help themselves, can they? But it’s when her gabbling, softly accented doctor started manhandling Jost under the pretense of giving the co-anchor a blood pressure test with her squeak-toy sphygmomanometer that the real joke burst out from inside the dopey setup. Wenowdis” (it’s Greek) smacked of a true loser of a one-joke premise, even if Kate looks striking in a wiry wig and late-period Groucho mustache. “Trump surviving COVID is like the drunk driver being the only one that survived a car crash.” Exactly. It’s not that Bill Burr is too big for Saturday Night Live—it’s more that the comic ground he’s staked out for himself feels like it’s off the Saturday Night Live map. ), The rest: It’s odd looking back. Jost, lost in the face of the good doctor’s machinations, finally asks, “Kate, are you okay?,” to which she, responding as herself, laughs, “I’m obviously not.” That it’s a pre-planned on-air mini-freakout doesn’t make it any less of a liberatingly funny on-air freakout, and McKinnon connects with the audience so endearingly as to bring tears (of laughter and otherwise) to the eye. That this is the first skit of the night does not bode well for the rest of the show. If there’s one way to sum up the last episode of Saturday Night Live, it might be to quote the immortal words of the Limp Bizkit song “Break Stuff.” In not one, but two sketches, guest-host Bill Burr was breaking glasses. Here, Burr, having forgotten the name of the (this time) fictional Black man killed by white cops, tries to save his bacon by exclaiming in a moment of inspiration, “There are so many guys to name—that’s the problem!” Sadly, his elaborate setup to humiliate Kenan over picking the Buccaneers includes on-set delivery of their wagered steak dinner and an inappropriate camera filter dutifully played by the boys in the booth over Kenan’s sincere plea for justice. (Score: 7 out of 10 for the VP debate; 1 out of 10 for the pointless, unfunny Jim Carrey as Jeff Goldblum as The Fly asides). Comedian Bill Burr caused quite the reaction with his opening Saturday Night Live monologue after addressing a variety of topics including cancel culture, white women and … Still, Burr could not have been more at home as the one authentic testimonial-giver in the ad for Boston-based Samuel Adams’ new pumpkin-flavored brew. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba. Yeah, there are plenty of topics in this utterly preposterous election cycle that SNL could be digging into–but, honestly, do we really want that from this show as presently constituted? The Blitz Bill Burr is Gil Scott alongside Kenan Thompson and Ego Nwodim, all as football broadcasters. I kid, I kid: But for real, the Trump jokes at the top of “Update” killed, especially Che. Burr didn’t bomb, except in the sense that a comedy hand-grenade can be said to bomb. With just the right combination of subject selectivity and “fuck it” attack posture, Jost and Che delivered a much better Update this week. And there were a few funny throwaway lines, as when Pence refers to the “Macho Man Randy Savage amount of steroids” Trump is taking. Nope. And while it’d be easy to mock celebrities in politics as a concept (my local senate race sees Republican Susan Collins demonizing opponent Sarah Gideon for having support from Hollywood types like—gasp—Zach Braff! So that’s the joke. Because The Fly. Pete Davidson, meanwhile, tackles J.K. Rowling’s transphobia, and it’s pretty great, too. And, the best part about it, is that Bill Burr breaking stuff on SNL was cathartic as hell.. The best: Burr’s a character actor (when he’s an actor), something that informed much of the cast’s performances and the sketches tonight. If you don’t? And Jim Carrey’s Biden—exists. Send up a flare. Beck Bennett’s Mike Pence is an interesting enough creation (thankfully the tired “noted homophobe Pence is in the closet” gag took the night off), his soporifically sonorous Vice President showing off a little more active, Trump-ian evil in his biggest spotlight to date. He took part in several skits throughout the evening, including one that addressed a hot topic. types” and more about how (mostly white) people latch onto something they think absolves them while still engaging in the systemic behaviors actual activists are protesting. The Moranis joke? Her name/catchphrase bit was going over about as well as could be expected—there were generous laughs, because it’s Kate. The Story So Far Saturday Night Live premiered season 46 last weekend, with Chris Rock … !” Burr’s comic style hews closely to that hair-trigger, defensive offensiveness, only for Burr to veer into a more—dare I say?—liberal lane, without ever losing the tone that suggests he’s prepared to punch you in the mouth if you agree with him the wrong way. On one hand, the gig seems like the sort of thing Burr would make fun of. Club. What can I say—Kenan makes a funny fly.) It has a Jason Momoa cameo. That Punkie Johnson’s Black woman has infiltrated the murderous gang for her own benefit by playing on its own, hypocritical systemic blind spots is a clever twist, especially as she just appears in a vacated seat midway through the sketch. And, sure, the veep debate didn’t have the bottom-of-the-barrel sludge of the farcical presidential one to fashion into something, but there was certainly more of substance to be done than having Biden hop into a Cronenbergian telepod and fly-barf onto Pence’s snowy hair-landscape. Burr’s persona is all over this sketch, with his don espousing a retrograde sensibility that’s as objectionable as it’s rightly confused about the moral gymnastics his associates are engaged in as they attempt to conform to the new normal. Performing in shifts? It’s not as good, but aside from “Update,” it’s the best skit of the night. “The one thing that we do know is,” she begins forcefully before holding for an exquisitely prolonged pause, “that—no we don’t know dis.” All-star stuff, born of all-star performer confidence. But I am here for a performance-driven piece about social awkwardness in the workplace stemming from same, and Burr does fine work backpedalling sweatily as his trash-talk deflates into a desperate series of lies concerning his awareness of the killing that his Black colleagues have been so affected by. (Score: Ummm, yeah, no, not for me out of 10), Social Distance Get Together — I thought the skit was going one place, and it went a completely different, not-all-together great place, where a married couple blows a gasket every time they are corrected for using the wrong word (e.g., “unpresidented” instead of “unprecedented.”) I thought they were gonna zig, and instead they crashed and burned. When fellow professional Bay Stater Casey Affleck hosted, it was only right that he appeared in a Dunkin’ Donuts ad whose premise was that the regular denizens of that ubiquitous (Canton-based) coffee chain greeted commuters utilizing Dunkin’s new order-ahead app by hostilely demanding, “You think you’re better than me? It’s not enough to save it. But apart from all that, it’s the character turns that are so watchable here. Che and Jost going for broke here, telling jokes like this is their last season. !” Watch here. (A live sketch is always a better ten-to-one conceptual showcase.) Funny, right? Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. Contributor, The A.V. Host Bill Burr does stand-up about the COVID-19 pandemic, cancel culture and white women.Saturday Night Live. Okay, somebody tell me that Melissa Villaseñor is okay. Don’t bring that sh*t to my house, bro. The joke, once again, is on privileged white folks (in this case, celebrity variety) trying—and failing, to often eye-rolling degree—to insert themselves into a struggle they’re far too removed from to truly understand. If you elect Joe Biden, satire will live again! By Abigail Covington Right...”) Having tagged Jason Momoa among other “peers,” Bennett’s near-nobody shows he’s learned about as much as you’d expect when the real Momoa video-calls to tell him to cut the shit. Cold Open — The nice thing about a Vice Presidential debate that does not involve Donald Trump is that it’s actually not parody-proof, and Maya Rudolph and Beck Bennett do a terrific job of parodying Kamala and Mike Pence. I don’t know what dummy who blew his big TV break for mask-free Bud Light Lime Morgan Wallen was going to bring to the table, but all-freaking-hail Jack White for blowing doors tonight. For the second week in this new, admittedly screwed-up season, no Melissa—not even in the goodnights that I saw. His Update appearances as himself have always been his best showcase, and this one was one of his best, Davidson wading into the transphobic ruins of what was J.K Rowlings’ reputation. To lend some manic weirdness to what’s turning out to be a blandly unfinished political impression? I guess this is what they wanted Carrey for? Wearing a grey face covering, the 52-year-old comedian hosted the second episode of … Even though SNL’s pared-down pandemic audience (no jokes about the pay-for-laughs revelation last week) made reading reaction harder than usual, Burr wound up wrapping his set with a “Well, that’s my time” of the type usually reserved for a comic who just bombed. On the heels of a lackluster season premiere, comedian Bill Burr is hosting “Saturday Night Live” this week. Yes, the boss rails variously against “Mexicans” and “queers,” but his outbursts are gingerly condemned by his underlings because he hasn’t internalized the superficial wokeness of language that they have—while they continue to kill, steal, and do all other traditional mob things. (Score: 8 out of 10), Woke Crime Family — A Godfather-like figure goes away for 20 years and returns to find that the rest of his mafia family is woke. As it turns out, that’s just what SNL needed. (“Unpresidented” for “unprecedented,” “the noon normal” for “the new normal.”) Steeled for that to be the one and only joke, the laughs came, instead, from Burr and McKinnon’s layered, escalating, crazy-eyed fury at being corrected, their day-drinking quarantine brains emerging as so buffeted and bruised by their nine-months of packed-together isolation (and 20 COVID scares) that their neighbors’ innocuous corrections cause repeated eruptions of faux-sincere, glass-throwing repentance. (“Could actually mobilize his base? But it was Kate’s Update. Comedian Bill Burr has come under fire for his monologue on Saturday Night Live this week. For better or worse, it’s a very Bill Burr sketch (mostly for worse). Viewers may know Burr for playing Patrick Kuby in Breaking Bad, although he has also fronted comedy podcast The Monday Morning Podcast since 2007. Host Bill Burr does stand-up about the COVID-19 pandemic, cancel culture and the "woke" white women. Cancel culture: F**k you. One example of glancing off of current events without diving in over your head was the TikTok filmed piece, with Beck Bennett’s marginal actor (he’s on something called The Buddies on Nintendo TV) going for some of that viral “Imagine” internet heat. Jost and Che did this well. Che, doing back-to-back animal stories after the political stretch, nailed’ em both with the flair of a guy who knows he’s killing. Privacy Policy / Advertise Host Bill Burr does stand-up about the … SNL is bad at these. Of course, he’s not saying that it’s great that some yahoo took a poke at the recently reemerged Moranis—he’s just laying it out there that his Masshole-adjacent native New Yorkers are getting back to their old, sucker-punching ways, pandemic or no. Comedian Bill Burr's SNL monologue addressed everything from coronavirus and being 'woke' to gay pride and cancel culture, noting he'd probably be 'canceled' after his opening jokes. Oh lord. Sure, he has the Pete Davidson connection, but, as his monologue showed in its typically uncompromising willingness to piss people off, Bill Burr on Saturday Night Live is a constitutional mismatch. (Photo: NBC/Twitter) Jeff Goldblum may not have been available, but Saturday Night Live still found a … This is parody! Again, I don’t have all the faith in the world for this show to do a hard-hitting comic dissection of systemic racism in law enforcement. Bill Burr Monologue — Bill Burr really straddles that fine line between funny and f**k you, doesn’t he? Maya was fine as usual, although, like the fly, Kamala Harris’ slideshow of already meme-happy facial expressions to Pence’s interruptions and obfuscations represented the easiest-to-pick fruit from the debate. Answer me! A fly landed on Mike Pence’s head during the debate. But her broadcaster-smooth extended aside about Trump’s health (“Oh, I wasn’t asking out of sympathy, Mike, I was asking with a simmering rage for his incompetence and a sadistic hope that he is not well”) comes from her and nothing in the debate itself. (Score: 5 out 10), Weekend Update — How do you make Colin Jost and Michael Che funny? The company’s latest actual advertising campaign attempts to paint this pricey, suitably complex beer’s charms as the go-to choice of your workaday Masshole, but Burr’s working class connoisseur does an immediate, to-camera spit take at this bandwagon-jumping seasonal varietal (a real product, so watch your labels this Halloween), coughing out the eventual concession that it’s something you might catch a buzz off of if you’re desperate and somebody left it at your house. With nobody leaving the show after last year and Lorne packing in the new faces, there just isn’t enough room on this lifeboat. Bennett does a lot of things well, but it’s in his undersold immediate recognition of his friends’ unheard-by-us disapproval of his spotlight-grabbing, shirtless anti-Trump rap that’s so funny and, well, so human. Are people working from home? Mat, who probably has 5 or 6 year-old pumpkin-flavored beers sitting in his fridge that he’ll unload at someone else’s house at the first opportunity after the pandemic, will also like this one. Burr put on a hairpiece for a sketch about police brutality and poorly-timed pranks. Again—smaller than usual audience, but I think any time the Update crowd goes still (instead of staying still), it’s at least going to be interesting. Do you remember it? The character of the told-you-so COVID expert “Dr. The Blitz — Bill Burr plays an NFL analyst on an NFL show who is taunting his co-anchor, only to realize that his co-anchor is not interested in talking about the football because another Black man has been killed by a police officer. Burr has a way of making you think he’s going to say something truly awful, then swerving to say a completely different awful thing, without ever letting the first awful thing dissipate completely. #SNL “ “I … The worst: I really don’t have a clunker to pick out this week, but the low-key Mafia sketch perhaps could have used an ending, so I’ll go with that. Carrey spent more time on his good-but-not-great Goldblum than he did on the Democratic candidate tonight, and it’s probably just as well. This is probably the funniest SNL Monologue in a long time and it is no surprise that it offended the Twitter community. And here’s to giving Alec Baldwin as much time off as he clearly wants until his comic nemesis hopefully evaporates like a bad fucking dream. As was the vibe in most of the material all night, there wasn’t the feeling that SNL was lowering its standards as much as leaning into what they know they can do well. The Pride month vs. Black History month? Riding on their transgressive momentum, Jost and Che just kept nailing jokes, which is a rhythm that, when they find it, is as confident and funny as any team of Update anchors ever. (Score: 3 out 10), The Blitz — Bill Burr plays an NFL analyst on an NFL show who is taunting his co-anchor, only to realize that his co-anchor is not interested in talking about the football because another Black man has been killed by a police officer. By Dustin Rowles | TV | October 11, 2020 |. For featured players, it’s a matter of biding your time and counting your screen appearances, but I can’t imagine anybody’s happy come the final sketch lineup at this point. Burr’s is a boldly unlikeable act, one that teases those prepared to burst out in whooping agreement-laughs before clanging both those he’s suckered in and some nearby unsuspecting targets over the head. (Or noon normal.) https://nypost.com/2020/10/11/bill-burrs-snl-monologue-causes-twitter-firestorm Stand-up comedian Bill Burr played an ignorant sports commentator unaware of a tragic police brutality incident on the latest episode of “Saturday Night Live.” White, with his stripped-down three-piece band and signature lyrical and guitar virtuosity, was, no pun ever intended, electric. Are you? While no episode towered over them all (with one exception—Kate, it’s coming), I caught myself smiling through most of the episode tonight. (“I can say that, because I’m half-goblin,” Davidson reassured everyone.). Burr is such a strong personality (both in his stand-up and his popular, homemade podcast) that it’s a little odd to hear him in tonight’s monologue explaining that hosting Saturday Night Live is “a lifelong dream.” Like everything else Burr shows up in, tonight’s show tingled with an undercurrent of comic tension, in this case from the incongruity that Burr was hosting SNL at all. Here, the premise is micro-targeted at this one guy, nodding as he repeats his roommate’s reasonable objections. His Canton and my hometown of Saugus were within high school rival egg-chucking distance (if you had a car), but, while we never had the pleasure, I still have a sense that he would have at least made fun of me. Great. (Hey, the country is potentially crumbling under the sag of white supremacist, anti-democratic thuggery and unimaginable stupidity regarding an unprecedented health disaster, but if SNL sucks at tackling politics head-on—and it has for most of the Trump era—then just go for the laughs.). And it worked, none better than in the opening cookout scene, with Burr and Kate McKinnon (much more later) finding an angle on pandemic lockdown madness that hit over and over. No thanks. Che, on conservative hypocrisy about Trump being treated with stem cell therapy derived from aborted fetuses: “They do a comp, Burr’s monologue steered hard into audience unease as his jokes about white, Same goes for Burr using Gay Pride Month to stick up for Black History Month (“. (Not to cast aspersions, but tossing some middle-aged white jocks into the deep end of having to fill four hours talking about Black Lives Matter protests reveals some personal and institutional blind spots.) Apart from the showboating turns in the obligatory cold open (more later), the best sketches tonight were more about characterization than premise. It’s not really about race, see? SNL host Bill Burr made some controversial jokes during his opening monologue. Contrast them with Bill Burr! Burr left Boston, too, becoming a headlining stand-up comic before making forays into character roles in TV and movies. Bill Burr is known for pushing the envelope in his stand-up act, leaving no topic untouched onstage. !” coupled with a side order of shut-in shutdown cabin fever makes for a feast for Burr and McKinnon. (Think of her as the mafia’s Candace Owens.) I don’t think I’m going to count tonight’s late-sketch appearance as a full Biden outing for overall evaluation’s sake, what since Carrey spent a third of his time as the fly on Mike Pence’s head, and another third as Jeff Goldblum. Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed. Or about how Black people are always complaining about cops killing them. And it’s only just begun. This weekend, comedian Bill Burr will host Saturday Night Live. Dr. Fauci Is Pissed That the Trump Campaign Featured Him in an Ad Without His Approval Comedy flash-bangs hurled into the clearly wary audience included wishing death on the families of those still not wearing a COVID mask, cheering on the recent New York sucker-punching of beloved, long-absent Rick Moranis, and a run about “cancel culture” that began with Burr announcing, “I don’t want to speak ill of my bitches” when talking about white women. (Daru Jones, with his forward-leaning stand-up drum kit, is a spectacular, on-point sideman.) Burr is such a strong personality (both in his stand-up and his popular, homemade podcast) that it’s a little odd to hear him in tonight’s monologue explaining that hosting Saturday Night Live is “a lifelong dream.” Like everything else Burr shows up in, tonight’s show tingled with an undercurrent of comic tension, in this case from the incongruity that Burr was hosting SNL at all. Boston-area Massachusetts is a tough place to navigate. Again, “You think you’re better than me? Even here, though, Burr anchors the proceedings with a nimble subversion of expectations. Bill Burr didn't hold back in his controversial opening "Saturday Night Live" monologue.. It’s a Masshole thing—there’s something ingrained in that accent and attitude that prepares the hearer for inexplicably hostile confrontation. What substantive political comedy there is sneaks in around the edges of these creaking, laboring, applause-bait celebrity showcases, as when Kenan pops up as a fly-reincarnated Herman Cain to remind everyone that Donald Trump effectively killed his one Black friend. The premise, such as it was, is that the married couple keeps misusing or mispronouncing words. But, in each case, Burr’s swerve comes in turning that “You think you’re better than me? F*ck off, Burr. 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