The Moranis joke? Are you? "SNL' Host Bill Burr Took Aim at White Women, Cancel Culture, and Gay Pride in a Controversial Monologue The eyebrow-raising set garnered lots of reactions across social media. Boston-area Massachusetts is a tough place to navigate. !” 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. (Score: 6.5 out of 10), ← All of his skits are about aggrieved white guys complaining about cancel/woke culture/gays/minorities, and there’s just enough self-deprecation in them that Burr can maintain plausible deniability when he’s called out on them. Burr left Boston, too, becoming a headlining stand-up comic before making forays into character roles in TV and movies. That he and adult son Mikey Day ultimately get into a fistfight over cereal choices and some clearly unresolved issues just cements the Massachusetts spirit of it all. “Trump surviving COVID is like the drunk driver being the only one that survived a car crash.” Exactly. No thanks. (To be fair to Page, nobody short of character actress Margo Martindale in [pick a role] could be expected to get this bad-faith political theater into shape.) I kid, I kid: But for real, the Trump jokes at the top of “Update” killed, especially Che. The mask jokes? !” coupled with a side order of shut-in shutdown cabin fever makes for a feast for Burr and McKinnon. (Some online have praised this as McKinnon breaking character but, bless your hearts.) They just can’t help themselves, can they? 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. Her name/catchphrase bit was going over about as well as could be expected—there were generous laughs, because it’s Kate. It’s not enough to save it. (Pete’s Long Island vs. Burr’s Boston.) 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. By Dustin Rowles | TV | October 11, 2020 |. (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. I guess this is what they wanted Carrey for? Do you remember it? Maybe it’s that—apart from the cold open and Update—the show mostly ditched politics, a move that, considering SNL’s wobbly track record in that area of late, freed everyone up to just be funny performers. One of the best musical guests in recent memory, with added degree of difficulty in filling in on short notice. But it was Kate’s Update. Plodding and obvious, for 12 minutes. (Score: 5 out 10), Weekend Update — How do you make Colin Jost and Michael Che funny? I grew up in Massachusetts at around the same time as Bill Burr. Great. Or about how Black people are always complaining about cops killing them. 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. 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. [VIDEO] 'Saturday Night Live' recap: Bill Burr hosts Season 46, Episode 2; Jack White performs — 'SNL' monologue, best and worst sketches. Don’t bring that sh*t to my house, bro. (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). To Trump’s steroid-fueled brag about him catching the disease he’s done exactly nothing to prevent (calling it “a blessing from God”) Che quoted God as saying, “Hey, we tried guys.” And speaking of Trump’s gasoline-on-the-fire “leadership” on COVID, Che got his biggest groans (and my highest scores) for claiming that, while he’s not glad Trump died from the disease that’s killed over 210 thousand Americans on his watch, seeing Trump up and about is like “a car crash where the only survivor is the drunk driver.” One more. Che and Jost going for broke here, telling jokes like this is their last season. SNL: Why Bill Burr’s Shocking “White Women” Joke Worked Burr presided over a great episode of Saturday Night Live , featuring Maya Rudolph’s martini … (“Could actually mobilize his base? 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. If anyone’s listened to any sports talk radio in the months when COVID had essentially shut down all sports, then Burr’s inept attempts to come to grips with something other than the daily scores will sound awfully familiar. “So, the idea is this: A white guy is giving a Black guy shit because he lost a bet, and the Black guy is upset because cops keeping murdering Black people, but the white guy pretends to feel bad, but he’s mostly just excited that the Bears won and he’s gonna rub his Black colleague’s face in it! 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. In theory, having an absurd 20 cast members on hand gives SNL more to choose from, but holy cats, this is ridiculous. (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. Performing in shifts? 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. Bill Burr's "SNL" opening monologue received mixed reactions, but the comedian's fans were already prepared for his blunt comedic style. 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. Saturday Night Live guest host Bill Burr has attracted criticism for opening the show with a tired monologue about Pride Month.. 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. Bill Burr received mixed reviews on social media for his controversial opening monologue during the most recent episode of “Saturday Night Live.” … 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. 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. So that’s the joke. For better or worse, it’s a very Bill Burr sketch (mostly for worse). Host Bill Burr does stand-up about the … I mean, how did this pitch go? Contributor, The A.V. 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. 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 … If you don’t? (“I can say that, because I’m half-goblin,” Davidson reassured everyone.). I would have flipped the mafia sketch and the beer commercial, but I’m not Lorne. Bill Burr is known for pushing the envelope in his stand-up act, leaving no topic untouched onstage. “It was the worst SNL monologue I’ve seen in years.” “@Nbcsnl, please don’t ever leave this person hosted again. (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. Maybe it was the lack of talk show sketches, game shows, or recurring bits in favor of some original, moderately ambitious conceptual stuff. 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 … Comedian Bill Burr pissed off a lot of people with his “Saturday Night Live” monologue Saturday night. (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. It didn’t look that way, to be honest. (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.). Jost and Che did this well. Damnit. His Irish, working class gruffness makes his turn as the patriarch of F Is For Family’s working class clan the quintessential Burr role—a Masshole (although the Burr-co-created animated show takes place in Pennsylvania) whose vulgar disregard for decorum and other people’s feelings comes yoked to an unexpectedly deep well of self-loathing and bad influences. On the heels of a lackluster season premiere, comedian Bill Burr is hosting “Saturday Night Live” this week. 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. Host Bill Burr does stand-up about the COVID-19 pandemic, cancel culture and the "woke" white women. Contrast them with Bill Burr! ), The rest: It’s odd looking back. This is exactly why. If there’s a beneficent Masshole, Bill Burr is, begrudgingly and rewardingly, it. The addition of Jim Carrey’s Joe Biden is completely unnecessary and idiotic. If you elect Joe Biden, satire will live again! https://nypost.com/2020/10/11/bill-burrs-snl-monologue-causes-twitter-firestorm Those sound like setups for truly shitty jokes, and, depending on your tolerance for sneering Bostonian disdain, they might stay that way for you. The whole monologue has some very, “I have a Black friend, so I can sh*t on women and gay people” energy. 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! Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed. I love having Maya back in the house, I truly do. !” contempt on a slightly different target that you anticipated. 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. 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 (“. This weekend, comedian Bill Burr will host Saturday Night Live. Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. 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. On one hand, the gig seems like the sort of thing Burr would make fun of. The Blitz Bill Burr is Gil Scott alongside Kenan Thompson and Ego Nwodim, all as football broadcasters. 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. What can I say—Kenan makes a funny fly.) The premise, such as it was, is that the married couple keeps misusing or mispronouncing words. Che, looking at the bright side, explains, “Either Trump’s telling the truth and we finally have a cure for COVID, or Trump is lying and he’s still gonna die.” Pausing to bask in some nervous titters and his own chuckles, Che concluded, beaming, “I’m not gonna say that’s a win-win, but it’s definitely not a lose-lose.”. The Blitz saw Burr’s persona getting a fine workout once more, as his professionally boisterous sports commentator’s traditional mockery of Black colleague Kenan’s failed football pick explodes in the face of Kenan and co-host Ego Nwodim’s public sorrow over a racially-motivated police shooting. The Story So Far Saturday Night Live premiered season 46 last weekend, with Chris Rock … 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. Nope. Oh lord. 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. Meanwhile Che heard the uneasy responses and just plowed ahead, into the Twitter-banned territory of wishing the president dead. Again, “You think you’re better than me? Comedian Bill Burr caused a bit of a commotion after delivering his “Saturday Night Live” monologue on Saturday, Oct. 10. (A live sketch is always a better ten-to-one conceptual showcase.) (Or noon normal.) The comic, who hosted the sketch comedy show for the first time, gave a … Kate McKinnnon as Dr. WeKnowDis offering a second opinion on Trump, on the other hand, is terrible right up until Kate McKinnon completely loses it, strategically breaks character, and turns the whole segment on its head. →. And while it’s a false comfort taken from unlikely white males actually being on the right side of something, it’s still all the funnier when Davidson’s stoner little brother comes right out and slams the formerly beloved children’s author for “go[ing] all Mel Gibson on us.” He also delves into some shady stereotyping in the Harry Potter-verse concerning the “little giant-nose Jew-goblins” she made the wizarding world’s banker class. While no episode towered over them all (with one exception—Kate, it’s coming), I caught myself smiling through most of the episode tonight. Not all of the skit is successful, mind you. The Pride month vs. Black History month? 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. And there were a few funny throwaway lines, as when Pence refers to the “Macho Man Randy Savage amount of steroids” Trump is taking. Viewers may know Burr for playing Patrick Kuby in Breaking Bad, although he has also fronted comedy podcast The Monday Morning Podcast since 2007. 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. 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. Here's why. All of our TV reviews in one convenient place. Send up a flare. (“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. For better or worse, it’s a very Bill Burr sketch (mostly for worse). “Bill Burr can fuck himself. (Photo: NBC/Twitter) Jeff Goldblum may not have been available, but Saturday Night Live still found a … It’s not as good, but aside from “Update,” it’s the best skit of the night. Jost got his gasps, appropriately enough, by describing the learned-absolutely-nothing spectacle of a COVID-stricken Trump speaking to a live, equally unmasked White House crowd being like watching someone smoking through a hole in their neck. Here, the premise is micro-targeted at this one guy, nodding as he repeats his roommate’s reasonable objections. Like Burr’s monologue joke about oblivious co-opting, the target here is less about “those P.C. This is probably the funniest SNL Monologue in a long time and it is no surprise that it offended the Twitter community. Cancel culture: F**k you. 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. “I have a lot of wigs and mustaches at my disposal.”. 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. But, in each case, Burr’s swerve comes in turning that “You think you’re better than me? SNL host Bill Burr made some controversial jokes during his opening monologue. It’s not really about race, see? And, the best part about it, is that Bill Burr breaking stuff on SNL was cathartic as hell.. To lend some manic weirdness to what’s turning out to be a blandly unfinished political impression? Wearing a grey face covering, the 52-year-old comedian hosted the second episode of … 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? Pete Davidson looks good. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba. 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. This is parody! By Abigail Covington 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. 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. It has a Jason Momoa cameo. Like Burr, Pete’s spotty progressivism comes couched in townie matter-of-factness. And it’s only just begun. Okay, somebody tell me that Melissa Villaseñor is okay. #SNL “ “I … Raw, live, and visceral just feels really right right now, you know? The character of the told-you-so COVID expert “Dr. Danny Peary's Cult Movies books are mostly to blame. But apart from all that, it’s the character turns that are so watchable here. “I’m making fun of toxic masculinity!” Are you, Bill? Comedian Bill Burr has come under fire for his monologue on Saturday Night Live this week. Bill Burr didn't hold back in his controversial opening "Saturday Night Live" monologue.. 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. And Jim Carrey’s Biden—exists. 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. Answer me! Privacy Policy / Advertise Whatever nuance and ambition there were in his premiere Biden goes out the window here, as Carrey (when not fidgeting unsettlingly in his fly suit) edged more into Fire Marshall Bill caricature that anything resembling the actual Biden. “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. !” Watch here. The whole bit on white women? 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. Watch here. White, with his stripped-down three-piece band and signature lyrical and guitar virtuosity, was, no pun ever intended, electric. Pete Davidson, meanwhile, tackles J.K. Rowling’s transphobia, and it’s pretty great, too. Bill Burr Monologue — Bill Burr really straddles that fine line between funny and f**k you, doesn’t he? Burr’s godfather, just released after 20 years in prison, finds his welcome home dinner repeatedly interrupted by his capos correcting his outdated (as in 2000s) Sopranos-style offhand bigotry. Yeah, no. 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. 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? (Daru Jones, with his forward-leaning stand-up drum kit, is a spectacular, on-point sideman.) Because that would be tasteless. Funny, right? Burr plays the ugly “I’m just saying what everybody’s thinking” white male cis comic card, but flips it over (and over again) to usually reveal a better joke than you’re expecting. So, Bill Burr is hosting the show, and apparently, he also wrote a lot of it, too. 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. — 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 … Burr didn’t bomb, except in the sense that a comedy hand-grenade can be said to bomb. I fled Massachusetts to go to college out of state and never went back, while Burr headed to Emerson without, like I did, ever suppressing his bluff, confrontational, very imitable accent the world has come to dub, “the Masshole.” (I guiltily retrained my “r”s once I left, although that old bullying Masshole voice still tags in when I’m really angry.) 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. Because The Fly. Comedian Bill Burr raised eyebrows with his "Saturday Night Live" monologue. Comedian Bill Burr hosted SNL on Saturday night, marking his first time on the long-running sketch series. Burr put on a hairpiece for a sketch about police brutality and poorly-timed pranks. 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. (Score: 3 out 10), Enough is Enough — Beck Bennett plays a low-level actor who puts a tone-deaf anti-Trump song on Instagram only to be told repeatedly that it is pathetic and desperate, and that he needs to take it down immediately. That this is the first skit of the night does not bode well for the rest of the show. (Pete Davidson and Alex Moffatt, too—just some nice, lived-in acting. With just the right combination of subject selectivity and “fuck it” attack posture, Jost and Che delivered a much better Update this week. 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. Bill Burr took the reins of “Saturday Night LIve,” kicking off the night with a very topical and edgy monologue that carried through the rest of the evening.. 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. (I did like Harris’, “I’m at TJ Maxx and a white woman asked if I worked here” face.) 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