Gwyneth Paltrow on SNL: How did she do?

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The Goop’s big gig hosting Saturday Night Live got overshadowed by the Golden Globes the next night, which she didn’t attend. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see her pinched face presenting something, but she was probably busy baking cupcakes for a bake sale or feeding her children flax oil. I’m not a big fan of SNL and I find that the bits run on too long with too little payoff in terms of humor, but Gwyneth wasn’t bad. She can act and she’s good at doing comic bits, as we saw on Glee. I think she could find a home on television in some kind of thinly veiled sitcom that panders to her need to seem like a do-it-all supermom. Maybe she could even poke fun at herself. She did some of that on SNL and it served to humanize her a little. There was still the stench of try hard about her, which has pretty much characterized her entire press tour for the poorly reviewed and little seen Country Strong. (I’m pretty sure I jacked that opinion from Lainey.) Anyway they opened the show with a duet with “Kenny Rogers” in which she pretended not to know the words to Islands in the Stream. Cee-Lo Green came out and joined in, but the much anticipated “Forget You” duet never happened.

Gwyneth played a snooty socialite in the next spoof of a 50s game show. She had a couple of funny lines.

And in another bit Goop played Taylor Swift performing at a Bah Mitzvah. She exclaimed “I’m a foot taller than the tallest guy here” and proceeded to sing a Jewish-themed You Belong With Me.

Then Gwyneth played a record executive who used creative substitutions for swear words. This bit was a dud.

As a “songwriter” to Garth and Kate, Gwyneth was just as annoying and cringe worthy as those two. I guess that’s the point but I didn’t get it.

Then The Goop got her bitchface on to play a Spanish announcer on Sports Center. You know this was her idea, since she showcases her Spanish language skills at every opportunity. The whole gag involved them sounding Spanish until they had to pronounce English words and phrases, during which they used heavy American accents. It was dumb except for the faux commercial, which cracked me up.

In the last bit she played Heidi Klum hosting a show with Eliot Spitzer and put on her default smug face again. She did an ok impression of Heidi but this wasn’t funny.

Verdict: Try hard as usual, but not bad. She should be on TV.

I also have to include this digital short with Andy Samberg and PeeWee Herman. It was clever and included a cameo by Anderson Cooper. This was the best part of the show.

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  1. mary jane says:

    This was one of the best episodes I’ve seen recently.

    Gwyn may be a stuck-up elitist but … I thought she was terrific.

    She nailed the characters and seemed to blend in completely with SNL crew. She’s talented… no doubt about it.

  2. Kim says:

    I am a fan of SNL but I thought this episode (and this season, for the most part) was pretty weak.
    One thing I wondered about that hit me halfway through the show though: Abby Elliott, who I think only appeared in the one Bar Mitzvah skit as Katy Perry, once did a hilarious but SCATHING parody of GP’s cooking video for Funny or Die. There’s no way in hell Gwennie isn’t aware of this, so I wish I could’ve been a fly on the wall to see if there were any side-eyes or bitchfaces directed at Abby.

  3. LittleDeadGirl says:

    I haven’t watched SNL in years. At most they get sort of an ironic smile out of me but I haven’t laughed at a gig in a long time …

  4. anti says:

    I liked that Cee-Lo guy in the skits much better!

  5. Jilliterate says:

    Ouch….the “Sports Center” gag seems to be taken from a bit the Canadian sketch comedy show “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” did a few years ago (their variation being done with both English and French accents). Hopefully it’s a coincidence, cause it’s sad if SNL feels like they need to rip off 22 Minutes. I blame Paltrow.

  6. Amanda says:

    I watch SNL pretty often and it’s hit or miss. Some sketches make me laugh out loud. Others, I just watch with a glazed over expression as I can’t believe sketches that un-funny made it to the air.

    Gwneth’s episode was BAD. She is incredibly unfunny. THe writing was really dull as well. Even the Weekend Update, which is usually funny, fell short. I laughed at the Digital Short with Pee-Wee Herman and at the sketch abotu Shakespeare with the previews.

  7. kazoo says:

    i totally forgot about this. going to watch (and make fun of her) on hulu later.

  8. Ms Lib says:

    The ONLY good thing on this hour+ show was the Pee Wee Herman bit. The rest was boring to the max!

  9. original kate says:

    SNL is still on? good god, why?

  10. Mia Girl says:

    As easy as GOOP makes it for us all to make fun of her, I actually think she did a good job. She’s got good comedic timing and was really into it. I would have really loved if she poked more fun at herself, especially regarding her name dropping and whole affected lifestyle.
    But totally agree that “There was still the stench of try hard about her” especially since she sang in almost every skit and forced her Spanish on us. That said, I like her better today than I did yesterday.

  11. normades says:

    Islands in the Stream, best karaoké song evah!

    …and Pee-wee forever!!!

  12. Az says:

    I thought she was pretty good overall. It’s not her fault the writing on SNL has gone down the drain since Tina Fey left. Gwyneth has a good track record with SNL.

  13. mln76 says:

    I think she is usually funny but this episode was weak. I liked the Taylor Swift spoof but the rest was reaching. I thnk she should do a sitcom though can you imagine Goopy sinking so low???

  14. stephanie says:

    I think she did good considering the writing on that show has gone down in the last couple of years. The audience didn’t help her much, but she was funny. And the spanish news thing was great if you know spanish. I enjoyed it.

  15. Feebee says:

    I’ll give her a little on timing but other than that and a couple of lines (whole show) I didn’t find her funny at all. I was watching her thinking that she can’t do comedy at all. Maybe my view is coloured by my perception of her. Either way not a good SNL. Digital short good though.

  16. Roma says:

    I watch pretty much every episode and I can say that this was exceptionally bad. All of the skits fell flat and the “forgetting” one with Cee-lo was painful to watch. As always, the digital short stole the episode. And what’s telling: Gwyneth wasn’t in it.

    You are an actress, Gwyneth. I expect uncomfortable acting from Michael Phelps not you.

    I think I’m going to start a “bring back Joseph Gordon-Levitt” campaign. Or, the Hamm. I need another Hamm & Bubbles skit.

  17. lucy2 says:

    I usually watch it on Sunday afternoon when nothing else is on. She was OK – she didn’t mess up or do anything awful, the whole episode was just pretty blah. She didn’t seem to be in it very much, and when she was all she did was sing.

    The PeeWee thing was funny though.

  18. the original bellaluna says:

    I had the gross misfortune of being in a moving vehicle this weekend when Goop’s song from Country Strong came on. I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt, but her voice is so bad I had to change the station 40 seconds into the song.

  19. lachica says:

    this was BAD. thank goodness for the PeeWee digital short. it was the only good thing all evening. GOOP sucked big. and i got sick of all the singing. and that Shakespeare bit — desperate and sucky. Ouch, this was so bad I almost felt bad for Fishsticks.

  20. JenJen says:

    Baking cupcakes, lol. She was awkward and even made the audience uncomfortable.

  21. Weeble says:

    Sorry, but I like her. I don’t care if lots of people hate her. Hell, I even read GOOP and enjoy it sometimes. So there, LOL!

  22. candy says:

    Laughed my ass off. Gwyneth is exceptional as a comedic actress. Loved the 50′s socialite bit. Don’t understand the negativity directed towards this woman.

  23. moopsie says:

    she nailed taylor swift’s walk! lmao

  24. Dana M says:

    I found the Spanish news bit hilarious! Perhaps because I speak Spanish. I didn’t have time to watch it on TV though…..just saw bits of it on you tube.The Pee Wee Herman skit was so funny as well!! And her acting in the 50′s socialite segment was outstanding.

  25. Miss Bitch says:

    I’m with Roma. She sucked and the show sucked. Couldn’t hold a candle to the Jim Carrey episode.

  26. gabs says:

    I agree that the digital short with Pee Wee and Anderson Cooper was the best part. Also, Cee los performance. I love F.U

  27. Mimi says:

    She doesn’t speak Spanish that well. The other guy did better at it. Way better.

  28. Poindexter says:

    Nothing could be as lame as Goop’s SNL episode. You’d have to go waaaay back to the “Leather Weather” report to find anything close to being that bad. She trashed the country music industry by singing in a horrible, degrading mock drawl after they gave her such great praise and millions of dollars. I’m sure all the country fans felt alienated by that drivel. I felt as if the staff and writers as SNL glossed over alot, probably because they must’ve been on a huge high working with Jim Carrey the week before. I can imagine how some of the conversations went three weeks prior, “Jim Carrey this coming week! Oh my god this is one of the high points of my career, what a great show and effort we’re all going to put into this one!” “Who’s on the week after Jim? Gwyneth Paltrow??? PPffffppp!! whatever.” The Shakespeare skit was a low point on a low point of the season. I would rather watch the “Merryville Brothers” skit from the Jim Carrey episode than any of the skits from the Goop one. Yuck!