It's been interesting to see Saturday Night Live take chances on some unconventional hosts this season, even though the results have rarely worked out the way I'm sure everyone has hoped. Oscar winner Christoph Waltz is no one's idea of a comedic genius (though he was kind of funny in Green Hornet), so it was exciting when the show announced that an actor of his talent but who is largely untested in comedy would be hosting for the first time. The episode wound up being like a lot of the other experiments this season: uneven.
It's not Waltz's fault, who clearly was willing to go for it in every sketch and got to do more than just play versions of himself. He never really seemed totally comfortable, but that's because I suspect he's the kind of actor who likes to be rehearsed and prepare every single nuance and beat of a performance. SNL isn't like that, and we could see him trying to adjust in many of the sketches. Several of the sketches just felt uninspired, whether it was lamely falling back on Fred Armisen's obnoxious female character Regine or a video piece (Tarantino doing the story of Jesus) that was slick and incredibly well-made, but happier to just make references than to write new jokes. (Read the full SNL Christoph Waltz recap)
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