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‘SNL’ season finale full of goodbyes

- May 19th, 2013

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As Stefon would say: This Saturday Night Live had everything.

Kanye West, Jennifer Garner, Anderson Cooper, a musical super group, a surprise guest appearance from Amy Poehler and what looks like the departure of not one, but three cast members.

Bill Hader made it official earlier this week, but apparently he isn’t the only one moving on: Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis appear to be leaving too.

With all the stars and farewells, tonight’s SNL season finale made it hard for even a multiple Oscar winner to carve out a place to shine.

At least host Ben Affleck knew he was being upstaged at every turn and had a good sense of humour about it.

Even when he introduced Kanye West for the rapper’s first performance of the show, he knew what everybody else was thinking.

“Ladies and the gentleman,” he said. “Here he is – the man you came to see. Kanye West.”

It was that kind of night.

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BEST GOODBYE: Bill Hader

Bill Hader’s departure from SNL means saying goodbye to everybody’s favourite “city correspondent” Stefon. He went out in style, with Seth Meyers leaving his Weekend Update chair to stop Stefon’s wedding to Anderson Cooper in front of a church filled with the club kid’s favourite nightlife characters like smurfs, midgets, a gremlin and of course, ALF.

GOODBYE TO FRED AND JASON TOO?:

The last sketch of the night was a performance by Fred Armisen’s punk alter-ego Ian Rubbish and his fictional band the Bizarros. The band (which included Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader) played what sounded like a sweet goodbye song called “It’s a Lovely Day” before being joined by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Aimee Mann, J Mascis, Michael Penn, The Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones and Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein. It’s a Lovely Day sure sounded like a swan song. Major cast changes ahead.

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BEST SKETCH: Bengo F—k Yourself

Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (played by Fred Armisen) gets back at Ben Affleck’s “Argo” by starring as the actor in his own movie “Bengo F—k Yourself”. Oddly enough, Affleck himself is involved with Ahmadinejad’s film as a sound man because he’s “longed to be in a movie worse than Gigli.”

WORST SKETCH: Prima Donna

A lazy depression era dirt bag would rather use his prostitute to hit people over the head with a brick than wake up at 8 AM to make an honest living. Even Ben Affleck’s Jimmy Stewart-style impression didn’t have enough charm to save this one.

BEST KANYE: No Kim K

Whatever you think of the Kanye’s new songs Black Skinhead and New Slave (the former a mix of hip hop and industrial beats, the latter an intense rant against consumer culture) he did it all without Kim Kardashian. Yes, there was no Kim K Kameo on SNL last night. Thank you for that, Mr. West!

WORST KANYE: N-word gets through

Maybe New Slave wasn’t the best choice for performing live? By my count, it has 11 N-words, 6 F-bombs and a refrain with the word ‘d—k’. Kanye made a valiant attempt to self-censor via substitution (using ‘prick’ instead of ‘d—k’) and mumbling some of the curses. It worked really well – until it didn’t. At least one of those N-words got through. Song is still hot, though.

BEST CAMEO: Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler stopped by to help Seth Meyers with his Really!?!: segment – and then stayed on for the rest of “Weekend Update.” Bonus.

So that’s a wrap.

What did you think of the finale?  Is SNL in trouble with all these departures? Who will you miss the most? Did Ben Affleck do a good job? Did you like Kanye’s new songs? Let me know in the comment section below.

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9 comments

  1. amjit | May 19, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Poor Kanye, his alter ego; bozo the clown, seems to be taking over.

  2. Brian Mou'tard | May 19, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I’m really going to miss Bill Hader, and Fred for that matter. SNL has seen stars depart before. Next year will just be different, but more of the same. The writers are the important ones!

  3. Hungover Uncle | May 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Next season, SNL will shine thanks to the strong female cast members. Losing Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Jason Sudekis and at some point Seth Meyers is a huge hole to fill, but I think this season saw the emergence of some very strong female cast members, and Lorne Michaels will build on that.

    I hope to see Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong continue and build on their strong performances from this season, and expect Nasim Pedrad and Vanessa Bayer to carry a much bigger role with the characters they have currently. Bobby Moynihan, Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah have developed some really great characters as well, and these will be the guys that will carry the ball for the most part from the male cast members. The pressure will really be on Taran Killam and Tim Robinson to develop new characters and impersonations to balance out the cast.

    The biggest question will be who will replace Seth Meyers on Weekend Update. I just don’t see any of the remaining cast members taking the anchor desk and maintaining the same level as Meyers, but I said the same thing about Norm MacDonald when he took over, and he turned out to be one of my all time favorite Weekend update anchors.

    The one thing that I am sure of is that Lorne Michael’s comedic brilliance will outshine any casting deficiencies created by the departure of these 4 long time cast members. I can’t wait for season 39!

  4. David Rubeli | May 20, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I can’t believe that fred armisen is leaving :( i didn’t see that one coming. but theres not much talking about snl here in switzerland but i for one love it so much.

    For me, fred’s one of the key actors together with bill hader. It was a little disappointing to have such a short good bye sketch..I would have wished for a bigger ending! It’s not going to be the same next season but i hope they’ll be able to fill the holes..but ben affleck was great actually! even though i hoped for more movie references of his.
    I just read that seth meyers is staying for a little way, is that true? If it is, i hope amy’s going to stick around, i like them together.

    about kanye. I’m not a huge fan but mostly i liked his collaboration with jay-z and so on. but those new songs are kind of strange. It was the first time for me hearing them on snl now.

  5. Skiwoman60 | May 20, 2013 at 7:20 am

    I shall miss Bill Nadar.What a talent.Stephon was one of the best SNL characters ever

  6. John | May 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Cecily Strong is a horrible cast member she basically does the same charcter over and over. HORRIBLE

  7. larry | May 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    JT as full time cast member!!!

  8. Mike | May 23, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    This was Hader and Armisen’s final episode. Seth and Jason will be on at least half of next season still.

  9. franc black | May 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    SNL could really benefit from some turn-over. I’m not going to be politically correct about this: the show has sucked for a while. Trying to hard to be ‘funny’ and it just doesn’t work. Go recruit some edgy people, though you’ll be risking some lawsuits. Corporatized SNL just isn’t working anymore.

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