Jeremy Renner’s Daniel Craig-like SNL Debut Concludes He Won’t Quit Day Job

For two weeks in a row, Saturday Night Live (SNL) has failed to produce a quality comedy episode. They just can’t find a grove consistent enough to carry them from season premiere to finale.

Two time Oscar nominee,Jeremy Renner was nervous and flustered and clearly reading off the cards most of the night.

As far as Renner’s Daniel Craig-like SNL debut,I’m sure he gave it his all. Unfortunately, when it comes to comedy, he doesn’t have much to give.

I’m sure Renner has no intentions of quitting his day job.

Renner owns up to his onscreen persona. “If I laugh in one of my movies, somebody dies.” His monologue nearly dies right after it starts, as he professes his desire to write theme songs. “I can’t believe I agreed to do this,” he says, which is either super charming or totally staged. What’s not staged? An audio snafu that could have thrown him completely off his game. Luckily, he keeps things going, which bodes well for the rest of the night. And his song for “The Avengers” isn’t half-bad, either! Hearing Renner repurpose the melody from Kings Of Leon’s “Use Somebody” is a great way to play against type, and shows that “Saturday Night Live” may have learned its lesson from when Bond (James Bond) hosted.

There was a lot of speculation all week that questioned what kind of host Renner would make since he’s not known for his humor.

Fault doesn’t only rest with Renner.

Another good idea, and one more successfully executed than the cold open. But maybe a dash of David Lynch might have given this one some more bite. It’s never clear if the narrator of this piece is being genuine, sarcastic, or oblivious. As such, the premise never really gets a focus. So we get gags about old-school televisions, new and old K-Marts, and “exotic destinations for smoking weed”. But the parts are greater than the sum, rendering this ultimately a hit-and-miss affair.

As for Renner: his first sketch features some intense…cue-card reading. Which is to say that he looks abjectly terrified out there. That’s disappointing, especially after his monologue, and hopefully not a sign of things to come.

The only sketches even worth talking about were Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus and Jill Kelly. Cecily Strong, back again! She’s Paul Broadwell! She’s Jill Kelly! In the next sketch, she might be Petraeus himself! A spoof on the paucity of Kelly footage plays like gangbusters, as the single clip of her walking to her car gets played again…and again…then in reverse…then with Tim McKinnon replacing Strong in a “dramatic reenactment”. Renner also feels fifty times more alive here as the “self-proclaimed” mayor of Tampa. The role calls for him to speak directly into camera, which may help his cue-card reading nerves. But he also inhabits the character effectively, both in terms of gesticulation and odd speech patterns. (“Jill Kelly got a dress! She fuuunnnn!”) Lastly, I appreciated the sketch’s restraint on deploying Wolf Blizter’s mumblecore voice. In previous incarnations, “The Situation Room” has been a vehicle for Jason Sudeikis to get increasingly incoherent. Here, the material around Blitzer was strong enough on its own. Whew. “SNL” crisis averted, for now.

Cecily Strong, back again! She’s Paul Broadwell! She’s Jill Kelly! In the next sketch, she might be Petraeus himself! A spoof on the paucity of Kelly footage plays like gangbusters, as the single clip of her walking to her car gets played again…and again…then in reverse…then with Tim McKinnon replacing Strong in a “dramatic reenactment”. Renner also feels fifty times more alive here as the “self-proclaimed” mayor of Tampa. The role calls for him to speak directly into camera, which may help his cue-card reading nerves. But he also inhabits the character effectively, both in terms of gesticulation and odd speech patterns. (“Jill Kelly got a dress! She fuuunnnn!”) Lastly, I appreciated the sketch’s restraint on deploying Wolf Blizter’s mumblecore voice. In previous incarnations, “The Situation Room” has been a vehicle for Jason Sudeikis to get increasingly incoherent. Here, the material around Blitzer was strong enough on its own. Whew. “SNL” crisis averted, for now.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can’t get enough of “Saturday Night Live.”

One day after ducking questions about Twinkies-maker Hostess shutting down to avoid giving comedians fodder and saying he’s on “SNL” enough, Christie made a cameo appearance on “Weekend Update.”

The tough-talking governor poked fun at his notoriously short temper and the familiar blue fleece jacket that he has worn while touring the state following Superstorm Sandy.

Christie thanked the Red Cross and first responders. He also thanked his wife, who he said has put up with “a husband who has smelled like a wet fleece for the last three weeks.”

He took a swipe at New Jersey officials who failed to follow his orders before Sandy, refusing to thank “any of the stupid mayors” who ignored his evacuation orders, calling them “idiots.”

And perhaps most importantly, SNL launched a nü-Saturday TV Funhouse segment, the animated “Midnight Snack,” which featured what very well may have been the most genius bit not just of the episode, but of the season: Cool Drones. The Department of Defense, knowing that drones – the remote controlled bomb-equipped mini-planes – are unfavorable with a lot of the public, go about putting together a children’s cartoon to make them more tolerable. The result: drones as a boy band. When they’re not bombing the front lines, they’re teen heartthrobs with backward hats and styled facial hair, singing “Hanging out, having fun, we did our job, and now it’s done.”

One Response to "Jeremy Renner’s Daniel Craig-like SNL Debut Concludes He Won’t Quit Day Job"

  1. Uriah   November 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I can’t say that this show was as good as previous ones, but I still enjoyed watching Jeremy Renner host SNL. My favorite skit would have to be the Avengers spoof. It was one of my favorites in addition to the Coroner. I was working late at DISH last night, so I couldn’t see the show live on TV. I was able to see the show this morning on DISH Online, though. I hope that the next host is better, whoever it may be.

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