One of the best sketches of the evening is weirdly not online yet. Jason Sudeikis played Bieber’s head of security. He gathered a gaggle of impersonators for added protection — 12 decoys (played by the cast) who were supposed to look exactly like the singer, but didn’t. Beiber: “Some of them are black, they’re not fooling anyone!” Sudeikis: “Neither are you, homey.”
The Miley Cyrus Show: Fan Club
This one wins a spot with the best for the weed apology and Vanessa Bayer’s “butthole” joke, channeling the recent episode of Girls.
The Californians: Runaway
Not even the triple-quadruple cut to Bill Hader’s puckered puss could save this sketch from feeling played out, but at least that part made us giggle.
Bravo TV Shows
The segue from fake, annoying Bravo show to show was impressive, and we did laugh at A Coppola Coconuts and The Sh*theads of Salzburg (Bill Hader saving the day again), but it all felt too easy and stale.
This was just one of many sketches in which Bieber played an awkward, shy teen for laughs — and probably our least favorite. We appreciated Taran Killam’s manic energy, but the screamy performance — centering on Bieber nervously botching an introduction to his girlfriend’s wacky older brother (“Glad/Nice to meet you,” became “Glice to meet you”) — was only funny for a hot minute. Was Bieber breaking character because he actually thought it was funny, or was he just totally uncomfortable being that close to another man?
The Grease spoof couldn’t hold a candle to another teen troubles skit, Principal Frye: Valentine’s Day (below, and not the worst) — which found Biebs as the president of the school’s abstinence club. His girlfriend (Nasim Pedrad, who we wish SNL would utilize more) “chewed through a fence” after watching the virgin teen wash his car. Jay Pharoah’s Principal Frye broke up the one-noteness of some of the sketch, even if his best gag is, “Attentionteachersandstudents.”
On the Fence
Super Bowl Blackout Cold Open
The Super Bowl parody got funnier as it went along, mostly because Kenan relentlessly promoted 2 Broke Girls — who don’t actually look like broke girls, he tells us.