Matthew McConaughey Hosts ‘SNL': Adele Helps Deliver an All Right, All Right …

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Matthew McConaughey Hosts ‘SNL': Adele Helps Deliver an All Right, All Right, All Right Episode.

Saturday will mark his first return to Studio 8H since 2003, when the Dixie Chicks performed as musical guest and McConaughey had just released How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Since then, he’s left the romcoms behind, and post-McConaissance, he’s taken to more dramatic roles, like Rust Cohle in True Detective and himself in those philosophical Lincoln ads. While he doesn’t have any big movies coming up this holiday season, he’ll next appear in Gus Van Sant’s drama The Sea of Trees, about a man who travels to Japan’s Suicide Forest, and the Civil War drama The Free State of Jones. Taran Killam’s version is one of the best impressions in his arsenal, whether he’s dissecting True Detective with Woody Harrelson, riffing on McConaughey’s offbeat Oscar speech, or humming the Inspector Gadget theme song.

The cold open began with the old reliable “Fox and Friends.” Sure, it’s formulaic, but since we’re living in a news cycle that has forced us into election season way too early, it’s refreshing to see Taran Killam, Vanessa Bayer, and Bobby Moynihan skewer the extreme right. And when Jim Carrey hosted last October, his take on those Lincoln ads (complete with eyes-closed driving) went on to become the most-viewed SNL sketch on YouTube. Best lines from the sketch included Bayer’s Elizabeth Hasselback angry about Black Friday: “All Fridays matter!” Also noteworthy was Jay Pharoah‘s Ben Carson: “I’m like a koala bear. SNL did show off dueling impressions just two weeks ago, when Darrell Hammond and Killam imitated Donald Trump, so they’re unlikely to do that again any time soon, but a surprise Carrey appearance is still a possibility.

On the outside I seem nice, but on the inside, I’ve never held elective office.” McConaughey’s monologue was a recapping of how he first came to utter the “alright, alright, alright” that has been his catchphrase since his screen debut in “Dazed and Confused.” He told the story without many laughs, but with the engagement of a guy that you’re a few beers deep with at the bar. McConaughey isn’t the only returning guest: Adele is saying “Hello” again to SNL, and she’s set to perform songs from her new album, 25, which dropped Friday. Adele first took to the stage at 30 Rock back in 2008, when Josh Brolin hosted and the real Sarah Palin stopped by to confront Lorne Michaels about Tina Fey’s “Caribou Barbie” impression.

It was one of SNL’s most-watched episodes ever, and the day after Adele gave her tender performance of “Chasing Pavements,” her debut album, 19, jumped to the very top of the iTunes charts. It was a pre-taped vignette of a Thanksgiving meal where the different generations clash in their political views and lifestyle choices, but just as things start to get really heated, a young girl presses “play” on a boombox. As soon as Adele’s “Hello” came through the speakers, everybody at the table becam lost in the moment, singing, growin totally enraptured and slowly becoming Adele.

McConaughey played an out-of-tune bluesman sitting in with a New Orleans house band whose blues don’t go much deeper than having a sucky fantasy football team. Cecily Strong set up the next sketch, leading a presentation about a company called Bio-Print, which figured out how to use a 3D printer to create a human man. Without giving away too much, this sketch is full of some of the most quotable “SNL” lines since the 90s, with the character who may or may not be the 3D printing of a man saying things like “you’re making a sunglasses guy like me laugh hard from my face.” The highlight of the show is a pre-taped bit with J.J.

Abrams introducing screen tests for the new “Star Wars.” It’s an easy joke, and one “SNL” has done before, most magnificently with Kevin Spacey playing Christopher Walken reading for the part of Han Solo. At this point in the show, we were still hoping that she’d also do a comedy cameo in the show, as more than 11 million have already seen what she did with Graham Norton earlier this week. “Weekend Update” focused mostly on American politicians’ hypocrisy for refusing to allow Syrian refugees into the States, especially timely given the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. I do it every time I go home for Christmas.” Che and Jost’s biggest asset is also their biggest downfall: They always seem like they’re performing primarily for each other.

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