SNL with Christopher Walken, Panic at the Disco

Anyone want to guess how we open the show? Did you guess Hillary Clinton? Of course you did. The SNL Clinton trail continues unabated with a cold open featuring Bill and Hillary (Darrell Hammond and Amy Poehler) talking about the news that "broke" just a day or two earlier about their post-presidential tax returns revealing they’d earned $109 million. Who knew? Especially since both Bill and Hillary had written best-selling memoirs. Who knew? That was the obvious joke. And just as in prior political sketches from this SNL crew, that was the only joke they went for here. How about a little misdirection, eh? Reveal something hidden or absurd in the Clinton income stream. Anyhow. Let’s get on with it. Live from New York…it’s Saturday night! Christopher Walken gets a kinda clever monologue, in which he invites audience members to ask him questions Walken has prepared and written on cards, only to castigate the audience for their lack of inspiring questions. A special boo goes out to the couple in the audience who’d rather let us know that they know they’re on camera. Boo. Boo on you both. By the way, having Walken back on the program reminds me of what’s so great and what’s not so great about this guy in comedy. On the plus side, he has a comic sensibility, even when he’s seemingly frozen by the...

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