I’m no fan of those Saturday Night Live opening monologues where the guest host goes out of his or her way to show us how multitalented they are. Typically, that means a song and/or dance from an actor best known for action movies. I prefer what Kevin Hart did: Give us an uproarious eight-minutes of stand-up about the wild critters skulking about his property, including one extremely gangster raccoon.
Hart, hosting for the second time in three seasons, led with what he does best, and though the rest of his sketches may have been uneven, he delivered more real laughs than most of his peers. He was the best part of the subpar Soap Opera Reunion sketch, playing the sound director with a conveniently limited grasp of the English language; and the Bushwick short was pretty great, at least for those Brooklynites in the know.
Overall, Hart was much improved from his SNL debut, and it will be interesting to see if he can dethrone Martin Freeman in our Mr. Saturday Night voting. The Hobbit star is our clear frontrunner, taking more than 50 percent of the vote in his second week on the ballot. Amy Adams seems doomed with a relatively paltry 29 percent after her debut, while Bill Hader and Jim Carrey finished third and fourth, though their support was slightly up. James Franco was voted off the island this week, drawing less than 3 percent of votes.
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