Hopefully, Cooper will be into SNL comedy
Alex Strachan, Canwest News Service
Published: Saturday, February 07, 2009
Tonight’s musical guest on Saturday Night Live is TV on the Radio–which is how some SNL fans have been describing the veteran sketch-comedy show during the tricky transition from post-Obama euphoria to business-as-usual.
Then again, SNL always has been hit-or-miss. Just as experimental band TV on the Radio mixes free jazz, doowop, electronica, a cappella and post-punk to form a kind of musical fusion, SNL mixes sketch-comedy, commercial parodies, standup comedy, digital shorts and musical performances.
Tonight’s host is Bradley Cooper. His new romantic comedy He’s Not That Into You opened Friday–SNL guest-host appearances are almost always tied into some kind of promotion– has more in common with Cooper’s 2005 comedy hit Wedding Crashers than it does his dramatic roles in TV series like Alias, Jack& Bobby and the made-in-Vancouver Touching Evil.
SNL is still fun to watch and will be, as long as Will Forte, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig have anything to say about it. But there’s no question it has suffered from the departures of writer-performers Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Michael Phelps is no comedian, even when he’s a headliner on You-Tube, but his hosting gig last September turned out to be one of SNL’s funniest shows of the season. Who’d’ve thunk it? After Steve Martin’s disappointing turn last week, perhaps Cooper can turn a comedy corner. (NBC, Global – 12:30 a. m.)