Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons hosts Saturday Night Live
After a month long hiatus of Saturday Night Live, fans of The Big Bang Theory were in for a treat on Saturday, March 1. The star of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper, hosted Saturday Night Live. The musical guest for the show was singer-songwriter Beck.
The opening sketch featured cast member Kate McKinnon playing talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Parsons playing the flamboyant 2010 Olympian Johnny Weir. Before Parsons pranced in playing his SNL alter ego, The Ellen Show was mocked, with McKinnon complaining about the dancing that occurs during the beginning of every show. There were jokes made about this by comparing it to 12 Years a Slave, 2014 Best Picture.
When “Johnny Weir” finally made his appearance, the skit mocked Weir’s ever-evolving and creative fashion choices. Despite playing another character, some of the quirks that Parsons has, which are commonly seen with character Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, could be seen as well.
During Parsons’ monologue, he sang a song called “I’m Not That Guy” in which he put to rest rumors that he shared similarities with his character, genius Cooper. During the monologue other “characters,” who were upset for always being compared to their alter egos were portrayed by SNL cast members. Portrayals of the actors who played Steve Urkle, George Costanza, Jessica Fletcher and Bill Cosby could all be seen singing along with Parsons.
Parsons and the rest of the lamenting crew ended the song with, “We’re not just some creation that you saw in syndication. So it really would be super if you didn’t call me Sheldon Cooper.” Despite trying to break out of character, Parsons’ final word of the monologue song was “bazinga!” which is the catch phrase whenever Sheldon plays a practical joke.
This episode of Saturday Night Live featured the beginning of a new era of the segment “Weekend Update.” After the departure of long-time anchor Seth Meyers, co-head writer Colin Jost made his debut. He joined Cecily Strong, who had been training since the beginning of this season next to Meyers prior to his transition to his new NBC show Late Night with Seth Meyers.
This segment of “Weekend Update” featured news stories with a comedic spin regarding President Obama, Michelle Obama’s “Lets Move” campaign, North Korea, and Jason Collins. Collins made history last week by becoming the first openly gay athlete to play on a professional sports team. Cast members Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah parodied retired NBA players Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal.
Another highlight of “Weekend Update” was recurring character Jebidiah Atkinson, played by cast member Taran Killam, as a nineteenth-century speech and drama critic. Atkinson “reviewed” the 2014 Oscar nominees for best picture along with reviews of some of the famous Oscar winners of the past. Witty comments were made about all of the movies in typical SNL fashion.
Overall, there was backlash from critics about this episode of Saturday Night Live. According to a VH-1 article critiquing this episode, Colin Jost was receiving the majority of the criticism because of his role as being one of the head-writers on the show.
Saturday Night Live will be back on March 8 with Lena Dunham, creator of hit television show Girls, as host with musical guest The National.