This week marked the return of SNL after it’s Thanksgiving hiatus, and it was Saoirse Ronan’s turn at hosting, with musical guest U2 (which might make this episode the most coincidental Irish SNL ever).
First off, the cold open excellently parodied “A Christmas Carol” with a presidential twist. With the news this week of former national security advisor Michael Flynn pleading guilty to the FBI, you know that SNL was going to do a sketch about it. It’s the annual White House Christmas party, and Donald Trump sees a vision of Flynn. Soon three other ghosts come in to haunt him. To say that this parody really upped the over-acting is an understatement. From Alec Baldwin’s Trump to Kate Mckinnon’s Kellyanne Conway and Hillary Clinton, the cold open really had the audience into it.
The monologue from Saoirse Ronan consisted her of mainly teaching the SNL cast on how to pronounce her name. In order to make it catchy, Ronan and the cast sing a song on her pronunciation. For a first-time SNL host, Ronan does a pretty good job of keeping up with the comedic timing of the other cast members.
However, the skit that everyone is going to talk about is “Welcome to Hell”. The skit stars Cecily Strong, Saoirse Ronan, Kate McKinnon, and Aidy Bryant, as they sing about the hell that women go through every day. This sketch is already going viral with about two million views on YouTube, as the cast members explain that, you might miss House of Cards, but women have to be scared of Uber, vans, walking alone, etc. every day.
This episode of SNL showed that Ronan has pretty good comedic skills when working with the other classmates. However, other than the White House Christmas Cold Open and the Welcome to Hell sketch, no other sketch really stood out from the rest. But Ronan still proved to be a good host in a pretty good episode.