'SNL' recap: Jim Carrey loves the Leafs, shows no fear
4.5 out of 5
Judging by the cream-coloured leotard Jim Carrey was wearing last night, it was clear he wasn’t going to let anyone forget this Saturday Night Live episode anytime soon.
Carrey is a gift to a tired comedy writer. He’s wild, fearless, weird and has a background in both standup and sketch comedy. There’s no need to write around him because he can do it all - and the more ridiculous you can make him look, the more he seems to want it.
So, last night, they gave it to him.
This was a great episode.
Uh oh. It’s the CSPAN graphic again. Political cold opens haven’t gone over well so far this season, and now it looks like we have another to add to the stink pile. This forgettable opener featured Barack Obama’s new “Ebola Czar” Ron Klain talking to reporters skeptical about his lack of medical experience. Some polite laughs ensued, but unlike Ebola, this sketch has no business going viral.
Finally, Carrey finds a monologue outfit loud enough to match his personality. The actor greeted his audience as “Helvis,” a hybrid Elvis-Devil Halloween costume that included a red-sequined Elvis jumpsuit, furry sideburns and devil horns. What followed was an Elvis-inspired gospel song about pecan pie, which wasn’t very funny, but if you like your Elvis impersonations with a lot of hip shaking, than last night’s monologue was for you.
Carrey family reunion
It was impressive just how many Carrey movie references SNL managed to fit into this sketch. Nearly the whole cast joined in for a Carrey family reunion dressed as some of his most famous characters. Bobby Moynihan donned the green face of The Mask (“Somebody Stop Me!”), Jeff Daniels made an appearance dressed as Carrey’s Dumb & Dumber character and Cecily Strong brought back an “In Living Color” favourite by impersonating Fire Marshall Bill. Taran Killam and Carrey even had an “Allllllllriiighty then!” battle. This was so, so great.
Paul and Phil
The Grim Reaper and a haunted tree had their cheesy Halloween song overshadowed by a couple of good-natured, plaid-wearing ghosts from Iowa named Paul and Phil (Carrey and Killam.) While the other characters tried to scare off a couple of teens – Paul and Phil kept singing a very unscary song about how their names were Paul and Phil. It was really, really stupid, but also really, really funny.
Studio 8H was just too small for Carrey, Kate McKinnon and their Halloween party dance-off. Dressed in matching skin-coloured leotards and white wigs (an homage to the child dancer in Sia’s “Chandelier” video) they took their moves off stage, into the audience, across the different sets and then landed in front of Lorne Michaels.
A red neck father during the zombie apocalypse (played by Carrey) tried to convince a group of survivors that his flesh-eating son (Pete Davidson) only had a bad case of ADHD. While the sketch improved near the end when Carrey beat Davidson with a baseball bat that was clearly made out of sponge, it couldn’t completely recover from the dull moments at the start.
BEST CANADIAN SHOUT OUTS:
There were two Canadian (more specifically, Toronto) shout outs in the Carrey family reunion sketch: 1) Two of the characters were from the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, Ont., and 2) When Carrey wanted to watch some TV at the bar, he suggested the Leafs game.
Carrey also introduced Iggy Azalea’s second performance wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey.
Iggy Azalea sang “Fancy” for her first song flanked by backing dancers in hot pants. It then morphed into “Black Widow,” a showcase for Rita Ora, her miniskirt and a dry ice machine. The second song, “Beg For It” also featured Danish singer MØ.