It may have been no laughing matter to the passengers trapped on the crippled Carnival cruise ship, but the folks at “Saturday Night Live” found the story funny enough to open with it Saturday night on NBC.
How could they resist? It was certainly the week’s top news story, and who knows? Maybe some of the passengers got a kick out of “SNL’s” Carnival Triumph “Cold Open” since they’d finally escaped the ship by the time the show aired.
This “SNL” was guest-hosted by Christoph Waltz, Oscar nominee for the Quentin Tarantino movie “Django Unchained” — creating an opportunity for “SNL” to skewer Tarantino and the over-the-top violence of his movies. (Waltz was also in the Tarantino film “Inglourious Basterds.”)
But it was the show’s opening bit that most caught our attention, as a pair of hapless (and evidently disheveled) cruise-ship staffers (Jason Sudeikis and Cecily Strong) tried to cheer up their beleaguered passengers with some light entertainment. Unfortunately, that entertainment included reading some of the week’s headlines from a newspaper that had been dropped by a helicopter — with stories such as the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict, the shooting death of the girlfriend of South African sprinter and amputee Oscar Pistorius (allegedly by Pistorius himself), and a North Korean nuclear test. Certainly, none of these stories were exactly cheery.
With Christoph Waltz on board as guest-host, the “SNL” writers and cast were inspired to imagine a new Tarantino movie billed as “the ultimate historical revenge fantasy” — “DJesus Uncrossed.” The “film” featured the Christian savior avenging his crucifixion.
Of course, “SNL” is nothing if not opportunistic. And last week’s State of the Union address delivered on Tuesday by President Obama provided an opportunity for “SNL” to take aim once again at the Fox News Channel morning show “Fox & Friends.” In the sketch, the three co-hosts of “F&F” gave us their reactions to the president’s speech. They had a guest reaction too — Ted Nugent (Bill Hader).