The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Saoirse Ronan


Trump, the tax bill, and sexual assault/harassment were the star topics of this week’s SNL. Such horrid talking points could only be softened by the appearance of actress Saoirse Ronan, who brought a lively energy and cheeriness to the series. Audiences should appreciate Ronan’s vocal talents more after hearing her range of accents on display during the show. A few special guests showed their friendly faces, too. See how it all went down last night, below.

The Best

“White House Christmas Cold Open”

Donald has his very own Dickensian Christmas moment (we wish).

“Saoirse Ronan Monologue”

No one can pronounce Saoirse’s goddamn name.

“Floribama Shore”

“Why do you make us do this?”

“Bachelor Auction”

“Have the boy cleaned and taken to my lodge.” Thank you, Kenan Thompson. John McEnroe shows up for extra bad boy tennis-y vibes.

“Return Counter”

Kmart, Walmart . . . it’s all the same — and holiday shopping is an actual nightmare.

“Welcome to Hell”

No comment necessary.

“Weekend Update”

“Russian pee tape” and “tax bill” are the cringiest sequence of words.

The Worst

“The Race”

A depressed co-worker finds new life thanks to the office ghost. Yep, definitely sounds like an ’80s movie, so that’s something. Oh, and Greta Gerwig.

“Aer Lingus”

The Irish airline delays flights for dogs with sad eyes.

“Late for Class”

The new kid is a real asshole.

“American Girl Store”

SNL‘s dumb definition of humor: a man plays with dolls, and wowee that’s funny. The funny part of this news sketch, however, is the distracted newscasters who fixate on the wrong thing.

Musical Guest: U2