I was baffled last night for a couple reasons. BAFFLED, I tell you! Fact: January Jones hosted SNL. Fact: She is not a comedic actress. Fact: She is, however, a GOLDEN GLOBE-nominated actress on a hit show. Fact: Just because I earlier typed “Emmy” mistakenly does not the end of the world make. Fact: SNL and January Jones were both trending topics on twitter last night. Fact: A whole hell of a lot of people were asking “Who is January Jones?” which is kind of sad and disturbing. Fact: Even if you don’t watch Mad Men (which you should – it’s great), I’d think you’d know who January Jones was if you paid attention to popular culture.
While SNL tried to give January Jones lots of skits where she didn’t have to be outwardly funny (portraying a reserved Grace Kelly, or the ‘straight faced’ person in the skit), she still didn’t do well. In fact, I’d say she’s one of the worst SNL hosts of all time. And I feel so bad saying that (er..typing that) because I think she’s a really nice person as far as I can tell, and she’s a very talented actress. But comedy? No. Please, no.
I think that the SNL cast realized this and they ended the show not with the usual ‘goodbyes’ but by having The Black Eyed Peas (BED) play a third time. Which was just as painful for me as I do not like them and think Fergie is really annoying even if she has enviable legs.
January was flubbing and kind of stuttering her lines from the get-go, visibly nervous and uncomfortable. The acting was forced and she laughed through a lot of parts she wasn’t supposed to. It was difficult to watch. I feel bad for her, really I do. But we can’t ignore the fact that she hosted and she was terrible. It’s my duty to inform you about TV on this TV blog! I’m not sure you could find anyone online saying that they genuinely enjoyed last nights SNL. And that? That’s a shame. Betty Draper would probably start writing apology cards to every single one of us who watched. One can only guess what January will be doing today. Pizza binge? Throwing darts at a picture of Lorne Michaels for letting her do the show? Shrugging and moving on with her life? I’m not a psychic, people.