The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Casey Affleck


Despite Casey Affleck being a decent actor (see: The Killer Inside Me, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) and having a new movie that’s a major Oscar contender, Affleck is a bizarre choice to host the 2016 holiday episode of SNL after troubling allegations about sexual harassment and verbal abuse recently surfaced.

But like all privileged men with questionable pasts who can afford to bury their skeletons (Affleck settled the claims outside of court), life goes on like nothing ever happened — and SNL is apparently looking the other way.

See how it all went down last night, below.

The Best

“Donald Trump Christmas Cold Open”

You don’t want Christmas Putin stuffing your stocking. John Goodman, and his great belly laugh, are a welcome addition to this episode.

“Dunkin’ Donuts”

Every hardcore DD customer ever.

“Jingle Barack”

It’s an old-school hip hop send-off for Barack Obama, featuring a few special guests.

“Christmas Miracle”

Somehow SNL‘s cliché potty humor is semi-acceptable when Kate McKinnon delivers it. The whole point of this sketch is to see how many increasingly absurd names her character can come up with for her private parts — which is oddly admirable.

“Hillary Actually”

Vote for a rock.

The Worst

“Casey Affleck Christmas Monologue”

We’re not sure why you’re hosting either, Casey Affleck.

“Robot Presentation”

Even Fred Armisen can’t make up for another hoary sketch about gay stereotypes. Get over it, SNL.

“Weekend Update”

Putin, Putin, Putin, eye roll.

“New York Now”

Like listening to your Long Island relatives discuss musical theater — and we all know how unfunny that is.

“Mrs. Claus & The Elves”

Creepy Casey Affleck as a creepy elf? No thanks.

“Christmas Bar”

Brooklyn Italian “nice guy” stereotypes with extra bland delivery (apart from the intentional bland delivery).

Musical Guest: Chance the Rapper