I can’t say I was sorry to see Saturday Night Live air its last primetime special of the year yesterday. After all, this means 30 Rock is finally coming back. Plus, Saturday shows that air the same week as a Thursday special never feel like SNL at the top of its game, even when hosted by talented personalities who don’t mind stripping onstage.
Though the Not Ready for Primetime Players looked like they could really use a weekend off — they pulled together four shows in the last 13 days — Update still entertained. The funniest performance of the night was newbie Cecily Strong as “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party,” who got laughs without feeling like a rehash of Bobby Moynihan’s “Drunk Uncle” or Jeff Richards’ “Drunk Girl.” Strong nailed an impression of a person we’ve all met — the girl who’s constantly fiddling with her phone and has strong opinions even though she doesn’t know what she’s talking about — and after watching her big debut, I’m looking forward to her next featured sketch.