Last night, Channing Tatum made his SNL debut as host for the evening. With his forthcoming film Magic Mike being about his former life as a stripper, it was only fitting that the show touch upon it in a skit or two. However, it seemed that the writers got a little lazy this week and opted to include Tatum’s stripper moves into almost every skit. It all began with his opening monologue.
The concept for Channing’s opening bit was to recognize a few people in the audience who were former costumers of his old strip club stumping grounds. Although he remembered them, many of his clients opted to deny they had ever met him. However, Fred Armisen nailed it as a creepy male costumers who passes out when Channing ripped open his shirt, only to find that the doctor was also a former client.
Two of the show’s biggest highlights actually had nothing to do the evening’s host. Bon Iver, the night’s musical guest hit two home runs with their performances of Holocene and Beth/Rest. If you’ve never heard Bon Iver, I’d compare them to the Dave Matthew’s Band for the current generation. Another highlight was Kristen Wiig’s portrayal of Lana Del Rey during Weekend Update. Bang on! Check out last night’s sketches below.
Newt Gingrich, Moon President (Cold Open)
Channing Tatum, Opening Monologue
It’s Getting Freaky With Cee Lo Green
Spike Original, Downton Abbey
NFL on NBC, Super Bowl XLVI
Bon Iver, “Helocene”
Kristen Wiig as Lana Del Rey, Weekend Update
Rebecca’s Bat Mitzvah
Tom Brady at Ruby Tuesday’s
Go-Tech Flex Infomercial
Bongo’s Clown Room
What did you think of Channing Tatum’s SNL debut? Honestly, I was expecting a lot more from him and I wonder if the writers are saving their A-game material for next week’s host, Zooey Deschanel. Personally, I cannot wait to check her out next week as well as musical guest Karmin. Tell us your favorite Channing skit and what you thought of last night’s show below.