Saturday Night Live closed out an uneven 2012 with another uneven episode, bolstered by a terrific hosting turn by former cast member and comedy legend Martin Short, who cut his teeth on SCTV before joining the cast of SNL as a "ringer" for one season back in 1984. The show wisely avoided the trope of making this a "greatest hits" episode, so while Short referenced Ed Grimley in his monologue, we didn't have to sit through a long sketch in which Grimley becomes a housemate of Snooki (played by Bobby Moynihan, of course) or something like that.
This was also the annual Christmas episode, and while a few sketches paid tribute to that idea (including a parody of the Charlie Brown Christmas special and musical guest Paul McCartney performing "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time" as his third number of the night), it wasn't necessarily something that dominated the entire episode. Though it had the same energy as Christmas shows past -- meaning lots of guest star appearances and a general sense of the show's history and traditions, particularly with an alum hosting -- the episode was inconsistent and the writing was not the best of this season. It was good to see Short getting such a spotlight, and hopefully helped convince some younger people who aren't too familiar with him that he's still a pretty underrated comic performer, but the episode felt a little off. Maybe it was just a reaction to recent tragic events. Hard to be funny after something like that. At least SNL gave it their best. See you again in 2013.
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