Jim Carrey sends up ‘Black Swan’ on SNL

Posted by · 11:57 am · January 9th, 2011

I liked last night’s episode well enough but it couldn’t touch his 1996 stab. I blame the cast and writers more than anything, but as usual, Carrey put his heart into each bit, especially this one (which was kind of weak but mostly saved by his effort):

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  • 1 1-09-2011 at 12:12 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    I like Carrey too Kris, but come on, this is painful.

  • 2 1-09-2011 at 12:18 pm

    m1 said...

    I don’t think I’ll be able to stop laughing for a while. Clever and hilarious. Those actors are GOOD.

  • 3 1-09-2011 at 12:25 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It was an awful sketch, Chad, but like most things, Carrey’s dedication keeps it from falling completely apart. As I noted.

  • 4 1-09-2011 at 12:34 pm

    Holly French said...

    I wanted to like this sketch more than I actually did, but thought the episode overall was stronger than most recent ones. Especially that amusement park bit with Carrey as a creepy automaton. Awesome.

  • 5 1-09-2011 at 12:58 pm

    Speaking English said...

    This wasn’t all awful. I love the flow chart moment and how this sends up the film’s often overly obvious symbolism.

  • 6 1-09-2011 at 1:07 pm

    The Dude said...

    This bit could have been SOOOOO much better…but you’re right, Kris, Carrey saves it from being a complete waste.

  • 7 1-09-2011 at 1:40 pm

    cineJAB said...

    i enjoyed this. Side note: I had a thought today…How is Black Swan not technically an adapted screenplay? Doesn’t it pretty closely follow Swan Lake’s plot? Just a thought.

  • 8 1-09-2011 at 1:54 pm

    JJ1 said...

    I actually thought the whole episode (including this skit) was quite funny.

    But that IS because of Carrey. It’s also the best SNL I’ve seen in a very long time. SNL sure sucks now, doesn’t it?

  • 9 1-09-2011 at 2:43 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Okay, I just saw the amusement park skit and that was pretty good.

  • 10 1-09-2011 at 3:32 pm

    Chase Kahn said...

    This is about as funny as a “Meet the Browns” episode, maybe worse.

  • 11 1-09-2011 at 3:45 pm

    James C said...

    This show was good up until somewhere during maybe I don’t know 2002-2005, but then we starting getting new talent and new writers, but now that has only lasted so long and the writing has grown stale and poor and these talents can only hide it for so long. I liked I guess around 2 or so skits last night, but yea this doesn’t compare to the first Carrey hosting as the lifeguard, Jimmy Stewart on the Joe Pesci Show, and Night at the Roxbury.

  • 12 1-09-2011 at 3:56 pm

    Maxim said...

    Color me pinko but Carrey was kind of mediocre and seemed to try to hard. The sketch is alright but he wasn’t the strognest player in it.

  • 13 1-09-2011 at 4:48 pm

    john t. said...

    Kris, I know you are a big Jim Carrey fan since “In Living Color” ( I was too) , and many people ( including myself) predicted he would be the only cast member to become a gigantic comedic star .

    But, after one hour of SNL , I had to turn to another channel. I know SNL is a comedic boot camp and hosting job is enormously challenging . But, sadly, it seems Carrey doesn’t know the subtlety approach to acting ( Hello, Bill Murray & Tom Hanks ! ) . He treats acting like a sledgehammer and enjoys hitting the audience on the head with this tool. It is absolutely irksome , and it drains most of the humor from the comedy ( also the SNL writers didn’t do him any favors) . Sorry, Kris, this is not funny , and it definitely isn’t comedic acting.

    P.S. In the past couple of years , the best SNL hosts have been : Jon Hamm ( who knew Don Draper could do comedy well ? ) , Justin Timberlake ( his SNL gigs helped him transition to feature films) , Zach Galifianakis ( he can improvise with the best of the best) , Betty White ( Of course ! ) , and Anne Hathaway ( her surprisingly great impressions & very good comedic timing – she was offered the Oscar co-hosting gig ).

  • 14 1-09-2011 at 4:57 pm

    Lisa said...

    I think the best host was Taylor Lautner.

  • 15 1-09-2011 at 4:57 pm

    James D. said...

    That was even worse than Black Swan.

  • 16 1-09-2011 at 4:58 pm

    Mitchell said...

    I still can’t stop laughing at the Worst of Soul Train sketch. I liked the psychic/impressionist bit, too.

    @Chase Kahn: Don’t diss my man Tyler P.! One of these years, he’s gonna be sweeping all the awards like it’s nobody’s business! (Not really.)

  • 17 1-09-2011 at 6:16 pm

    Bia said...

    I thought this was hilarious…I also liked the psychic one.

  • 18 1-09-2011 at 6:26 pm

    john t. said...

    I forgot to mention that the surreal carnival skit was the highlight of the evening- both Jim Carrey & Taran Killam handled the physical comedy with aplomb. I will never knock Jim’s unbelievable knack for physical humor.

    Out of all the current SNL cast members, I truly hope , the comedic chameleon , Bill Hader will have a big time film career – a la Bill Murray. Their is nothing Hader cannot do comedically- always worth watching.

  • 19 1-09-2011 at 6:47 pm

    Silencio said...

    I will admit, this was the first fist-in-mouth gag that has ever elicited a laugh from me. The final facial expression sealed that bit for me. But yeah, Black Swan deserves a way better send up than that.

  • 20 1-09-2011 at 11:19 pm

    George said...

    Terrible episode with the exception of the Amusement Park Ride skit (which was quite good).

  • 21 1-10-2011 at 12:21 am

    Derek 8-Track said...

    I loved the homeless band and the amusement park “animatronics”

  • 22 1-10-2011 at 3:53 am

    Ziyad Abul Hawa said...

    Visual Effects Society Nominations:

    http:// www . visualeffectssociety . com / system/files/15/files/ves-awards-nominees-2011-final.pdf

    Inception leads with 4, and here are the nominees in the main category:

    -Iron Man 2
    -Tron: Legacy
    -Alice in Wonderland
    -Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

  • 23 1-10-2011 at 5:43 am

    Scott Coleman said...

    john t you cracked me up when you were like ‘ it is absolutely irksome’. lawling big time right now.

  • 24 1-10-2011 at 11:22 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    I’ve now watched the amusement park ride skit three times and it’s incredible.