Family Feud: Political Edition
As little sense as it makes to bring in Larry David's Bernie Sanders well after primary season has ended, on the same episode that is attempting to introduce three new cast members as well as Baldwin's Trump impression no less, he pretty much defined this ill-advised impression-revue format: "The whole thing is hellos," he grouses. That's exactly the structural problem with SNL's Celebrity Family Feud sketches: they introduce eight different celebrity impressions, like a supersized Celebrity Jeopardy bit, then only have a few minutes to half-assedly Play the Feud. It would be more forgivable if the impressions were better, but usually, as tonight, it winds up weirdly fudged, with at least two or three players not really doing impressions at all. Especially glaring was how few of the genuine impressions came from the regular cast; was there really a mandate to check in with David's Sanders or announcer Hammond's Clinton? New cast member Melissa Villasenor offered up one of her supposedly signature impressions with a middling take on Sarah Silverman; she got the voice pretty well, but since when does Silverman punctuate her jokes with a weird little tittering laugh at the end? (Since never; this is one of those tics-for-the-sake-of-tics things to make an impression seem more specific than it is.) This whole sketch seems to take its lead from Kenan's Steve Harvey: Amusing in small doses, not that accurate, mostly unnecessary.