SNL Highlights: Will Ferrell Talks Aziz Ansari, Wears #TimesUp Deodorant

TVLine | 1/28/2018 | Ryan Schwartz
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It was homecoming for Will Ferrell, who returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend and immediately reprised his role as George W. Bush. The greatest hits, however, pretty much stopped there.

Folks tuning in to see the return of Jeopardy host Alex Trebek or legendary sports announcer Harry Caray were left to make do with, umm, Jacob Silj. Thankfully, Ferrell still managed to put on a great show, kicking things off with a tuneful monologue that found the potentially concussed host wandering into the audience to sing about the “rudest man in show business,” Lorne Michaels.

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The episode really picked up in the second half, beginning with another stellar Heidi Gardner segment on Weekend Update and a sketch responding to one of the #MeToo movement’s most controversial subjects.

This was, in a word, brilliant. The allegations against Master of None star Aziz Ansari have sparked a fierce debate, and no one’s really sure how to talk about it. This sketch perfectly captured the spirit of that discomfort. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that the idea for this one started percolating ahead of last week’s show, but was held until everyone involved knew they had it just right.

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Ferrell starred in countless classic commercial parodies back in his day, so it was pretty great to see the show pull off an especially good one upon his return. Here, he played a man in need of an extra strong antiperspirant, knowing full well that it’s #TimesUp for...
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