Saturday Night Live Recap: Jim Parsons Kicks Off the Post-Seth Meyers Era


After a month-long Olympic hiatus, this week's Saturday Night Live promised an evening of firsts. In addition to Jim Parsons' inaugural outing as host, it was also the first time head writer Colin Jost took the Weekend Update reins from his upwardly mobile predecessor, Seth Meyers. One of the two first-timers did slightly better than the other, though, and it was probably the one you'd expect.


I've never watched geek-worshipping sitcom The Big Bang Theory, so I mainly know Parsons from his small roles in Garden State, The Muppets, and an inordinate number of Emmy acceptance speeches. I was, however, aware that he's Broadway-seasoned and thus used to the live stage; his SNL performance confirmed as much. Early on, the episode seemed to be veering toward something of a grand statement on Parsons's sexuality, with a role as Johnny Weir in the cold open and multiple allusions to his orientation during the monologue. Instead, the host ended up making an impression by ably slipping into a variety of nervous and indignant characters that suited his style while stretching the boundaries of it.    Read More...


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