Not everyone noticed it, but there was a subtle changing of the comedy guard last weekend. And it all had to do with Saturday Night Live.
You’d think that with yet another big gross-out comedy opening in a zillion theatres, Ben Stiller would have got tapped on the shoulder to host SNL’s second show of the season. Everyone loves Stiller, right? Think again.
Hosting was Vancouver boy Seth Rogen, who had two big movie hits – like, months ago. He didn’t even really have anything to plug. (I’ve got a related blog on one of them, Superbad, with an interesting discussion here: http://www.nowtoronto.com/blog/view_post.cfm?post=366)
Adding insult to injury, Stiller’s The Heartbreak Kid underperformed opening weekend, bringing in a mere $14 million, coming in second to The Game Plan (in its second week of release).
But back to SNL:
Best parts of the show: Rogen and Kristen Wiig as a pair of fugly kids singing Rehab; the why Larry Craig doesn't want gay marriage joke on Weekend Update; and Seth Meyers’s spectacular punchline line-flub, also on Update.
The saddest part: seeing SNL alum Chevy Chase in an unfunny spot that went way beyond cameo.
Well, at least he wasn’t hosting.
Oh, and look out for Rogen's Superbad co-star Jonah Hill (he played Seth, Rogen's alter ego) to host SNL on November 17.