November 2018 Month in Review

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Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza discuss the highs and lows of Season 44's November 3-episode run, with hosts: Jonah Hill, Liev Schreiber and Steve Carell.

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Notes

Steve Carell / Ella Mai, S44-E6

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John and Steve discuss the Ghost of Thanksgiving Past, lacklustre rap pre-tapes, mock zero-gravity acting, Leslie selling her lines, Mikey's passionate bigfoot-erotica reading, Heidi's understated performance choices, and when production snafus completely unravel a sketch.

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Notes

  • Best moment: "Did you know that a dog can punch you?" & RV mom unburdens herself.

  • Best sketch: Friends-giving & Space Station Broadcast

  • MVP: Heidi Gardner & Mikey Day

  • Rating: 4 (weak)

Liev Schreiber / Lil Wayne, S44-E5

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John and Steve discuss their winter host hopefuls, De Niro's cue-card reading inabilities, rusty go-to celebrity-humiliation vehicles, crisp hip-hop percussion, Cecily channelling Molly Shannon-esque physical comedy, tasteful mea culpas, and undeniable podcast clichés.

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Notes

  • Best moment: White House intern's barrel roll & Lt. Com. Dan Crenshaw's first impressions

  • Best sketch: House Hunters

  • MVP: Cecily Strong

  • Rating: 7 (great/decent)

Jonah Hill / Maggie Rogers, S44-E4

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John and Steve do not discuss Baldwin's arrest or the latest Pete/Ariana drama. However, they do discuss Heidi's maybe-intentionally fumbly performance, inorganic script-flipping, Pete's tone-deaf appeal for privacy, Melissa's first truly repertory showing, and Aidy's physicality.

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Notes

  • Best moment: Che badgers the suspect & Terry soaks up some screen-time.

  • Best sketch: Benihana & Every Teen Girl Murder Suspect on Law & Order

  • MVP: Aidy Bryant & Melissa Villaseñor

  • Rating: 8 (great)