While Octavia Spencer gave it her all in her debut stint as host of “Saturday Night Live,” the writers let her down with the material, save for the cold open. Over the course of a fast-paced five minutes, Kate McKinnon reprised her savage portrayal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions who recounts the highs and lows of his jam-packed week.
This time out, he was lampooned in the style of another Southerner, the fictional Forrest Gump, but without that character’s eternal optimism. Rather, as the politico wryly observed while waiting on that bus stop bench, “I always say life is like a box of chocolates: sure are a whole lot of brown ones in there.” Along came Spencer, in the guise of Minny Jackson, her Oscar-winning role from “The Help.” She offered Sessions a slice of her pecially-crafted chocolate pie, prompting a grin that is literally, s**t-eating.
Spencer featured in several sketches that failed to generate many laughs. She was a voice-over artist hired to impersonate celebrities for a knock-off version of the Oscar-winning “Zootopia.” In another misfire, she was the object of misplaced affection from a new friend (Cecily Strong). And in the lowpoint of the evening, she was stuck in the middle of a laughless four-minute stop at a fast food joint that sells sticky buns.
Indeed, the only laugh-out loud moments in the show were the fleeting appearances of Emmy winner McKinnon as presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway, who was seen in various versions of her now infamous casual pose on the Oval Office couch.
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