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Amy Schumer on SNL: Monologue, Update Overshadow Sketches

Submitted by on October 11, 2015 – 12:18 pmNo Comment

Amy Schumer hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, but what should have been a home run for the comedy sketch show mostly fell flat. Unlike some comedians, Schumer not only has a strong acting background, but has her own wildly successful sketch show, so this program should have been a home-away-from-home. And the Trainwreck star performed admirably and was game for lots of silliness, but the sketches just did not rise to the occasion.

The highlight of the evening was, unsurprisingly, Schumer’s opening monologue, where she delivered several minutes of stand-up on being a role model to younger women. The set touched on everything from hanging out with Bradley Cooper to the Kardashians to her own experiences as a new aunt, and could easily become the core of a influential album or special.

Two other talked-about bits both centered on gun control. Not only were there multiple mass shootings in the US this week, but Schumer has been an outspoken supporter of gun control since a gunman killed several people at a showing of her film Trainwreck. A digital short featuring Schumer and much of the cast skewered the gun lobby’s persistence and America’s fixation on normalizing guns, showing a wide cross section of Americans emotionally celebrating guns in many moments of their life- a big date, jogging in the park, having a new baby. And on Weekend Update, Colin Jost and Michael Che did an extended discourse on the issue. The pointed commentary didn’t take itself too seriously (“This country loves things it doesn’t need. We don’t need a Baconator.”), and displayed great chemistry between the duo.

Aside from that, the most exciting part of the episode was probably a surprise appearance by Nicki Minaj during a performance by The Weeknd. A sketch about a clueless high school student (Aidy Bryant) who mistakes a porn set for a school earned some laughs, but was mostly a head-scratcher and didn’t go anywhere. The same is true for Schumer as an over-eager Mary Todd Lincoln reenactor.

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