Whenever SNL producers book a host who seems inexperienced in live comedy, they fall back on a kind of playbook. Stick to popular recurring bits and pretaped videos to take the burden off the host. Give her small, easy stuff that plays to her strengths, then get her out of there. If she can sing, let her sing. The goal is to Bodyguard-cradle the host, letting her enjoy herself while hiding her from the real dangers of the scary sketch comedy world.
Given how little we saw of Anna Kendrick this episode, you'd think Lorne was standing nearby off stage, ready to dive in and take a bullet.
Here are this week's SNL promos featuring Taran Killam and first-time host Anna Kendrick. Killam and Kendrick jam-pack these four minutes with great concepts like monkey butlers, bacon bikinis, musicals, show tunes, and plenty of one-upmanship. Even though Kendrick doesn't seem to understand what SNL is, these promos hint that she's going to be great anyway.
Here's a sketch cut after SNL's dress rehearsal this past weekend in which host Louis C.K. plays an asexual alien named Zartag who escapes his crystal prison then makes some evil-sounding demands of a spaceship crew, only to expose his love for posters of hunky Earth guys and their "cool, fun vibe."
Community's animated G.I. Joe-themed episode airs next week on NBC, so ahead of that the show put together this helpful PSA for kids who think graffiti is cool. Britta and Abed are aptly nicknamed Buzzkill and Fourth Wall, which are exactly the kind of heroes the comedy world needs.
SNL's Taran Killam was a guest on last night's Late Night, and he and Meyers discussed everything from a failed Jebidiah Atkinson joke to being on a pirate ship with Bobby Moynihan at Comic Con to his cut New Jersey birds show sketch "Boids" with Vanessa Bayer, which Killam agreed to perform in the near future on Late Night's upcoming "Second Chance Theater" segment.