Tonight, Saoirse Ronan hosts the first Spring repeat episode of Saturday Night Live at 11:30pm on NBC.
You may not be able to tell by the weather, but Spring is officially here and reruns are in full bloom for the rest of March at Saturday Night Live. This evening, the first March SNL rerun is an episode that really would have been better suited to air on the St. Patrick’s Day last weekend. The host is Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (even though she was born in the Bronx) with musical guests, U2. But instead of St. Patty’s Day, this lineup is from one of Saturday Night Live‘s 2017 Christmas shows. It originally aired Saturday, December 2, 2017.
Christmas was the theme of the cold open which featured Alec Baldwin returning to play President Trump who finds himself in a White House version of “A Christmas Carol” as he is visited by former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn (Mikey Day) wrapped in chains a la Jacob Marley. The other ghosts that haunt Baldwin’s President Trump include Billy Bush (Alex Moffatt), Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) and Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon).
Saoirse Ronan delivered a solid monologue considering she was a first time host and not a comedian. The young actress was promoting her Academy Award nominated performance in the movie “Lady Bird“. The film would go on to receive five Oscar nominations, with no wins. The Oscar in Saoirse Ronan’s category went to Frances McDormand. Watch for an SNL Digital Short in tonight’s show featuring a cameo by “Lady Bird” writer and director Greta Gerwig. The short entitled “The Race” was beyond quirky and fit right in with rest of this evening’s episode that we originally described as being filled with sketches that “went nowhere.” Other unmemorable sketches in this Saturday Night Live rerun included “Late For Class” featuring a new student trying way too hard to fit in, a sketch featuring MTV’s Floribama Shore cast handling Hurricane Irma and a sketch about a “Bachelor Auction” which included a cameo by former tennis great John McEnroe.
One sketch that did stand out on social media and internet reviews was another SNL Digital Short entitled “Welcome to Hell” which featured host Saoirse Ronan along with the women of Saturday Night Live, Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Leslie Jones and Melissa Villaseñor in a peppermint candy dream fashioned music video about all the sexual harassment allegations in the news that men are facing, but came off confusing and forgettable.
It’s always worth tuning in to a Saturday Night Live repeat just to watch Weekend Update with Colin Jost and Michael Che and tonight’s re-airing is no exception. The two man comedy news team were again at the top of their game handling news items including disgraced general Michael Flynn, President Trump’s tax bill, Trump’s tweet about Morning Joe Scarborough, the Alabama Senate race, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s benching, the latest allegations against white male predators, and former NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer.
In the promos for tonight’s repeat SNL, host Saoirse Ronan and cast member Cecily Strong look out over the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the crowds of people gathered below. There’s some disagreement over who all those holiday tourists are there to see. In the next set, Saoirse is joined by musical guests, the legendary U2 and Kenan Thompson and where something gets lost in the translation between their different accents.
Tonight, enjoy an encore presentation of SNL hosted by Saoirse Ronan with musical guests U2 at 11:30pm on NBC.
Saturday Night Live will return live across all time zones on Saturday, April 7th with host Chadwich Boseman (Black Panther) and musical guest Cardi B.