Tina Fey / Nicki Minaj, S43-E21

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John and Steve discuss Soprano-inspired cold opens, tongue-in-cheek celebrity-infused monologues, space-saving trick doors, Morning Joe wearing thin, Tina Fey's delusions of grandeur, Weekend Update sticking the landing, Sarah Palin musical misfires, the high-stakes drama of Chicago's improv scene, and solid cut-for-time sketches.

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Notes

  • Best moment: Fred Armisen wastes screen-time & Mikey Day at the trick door
  • Best sketch: Pervert Hunters & Royal Wedding
  • MVP: Alex Moffat & Mickey Day
  • Rating: 6 (decent)

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Minisode: Tales from the Standby Line

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John talks with SNL standby line-dwellers live from Rockefeller Center.

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Amy Schumer / Kacey Musgraves, S43-E20

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John and Steve discuss comedy crushes, John's New York gentleman's intermission, Amy Schumer's vivacious monologue, the true burden of motherhood, Trump's pretty good week, Melissa McCarthy's most mothery of mothers, and the glorious return of Sheila Sovage.

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Notes

  • Best moment: Melissa McCarthy's use of space & The Day You Were Born's closing title
  • Best sketch: The Day You Were Born
  • MVP: Amy Schumer
  • Rating: 8 (decent/classic)

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Donald Glover / Childish Gambino, S43-E19

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John and Steve discuss the tragedy of lost recordings, ineffectual lawyer voodoo, Luke Null finally catching a—literal—break, Cecily's ongoing love-affair with retro-cringe music, life-or-death celebrity distractions, and the enduring adorableness of Melissa Villaseñor.

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  • Best moment: Incredulous FBI eavesdroppers & Angela's psychology smackdown
  • Best sketch: Courtroom & Friendos
  • MVP: Donald Glover & Cecily Strong
  • Rating: 7 (great/decent)

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