Chris Pratt’s enthusiastic hosting gig on ‘SNL’: how did he do?

Chris Pratt

A little bit of Chris Pratt goes a long way. This weekend’s 40th season premiere episode of SNL contained the correct ratio of Prattness. This allowed the star of Guardians of the Galaxy (a hit with da ladies and 2014’s top-grossing film so far) to strut his stuff. Ariana Grande popped in musical guest, and she was okay. We’ll probably see tabloid stories about how she acted like a backstage diva. This episode was mostly about Chris poking fun at his own physicality in hilarious ways. If you missed the show, Pajiba posted all of the skits, and I’m including some highlights here.

The Pratt Opening Monologue was notable not for content but for Pratt’s infectious enthusiasm. Anna Faris got a little word in, and Chris pulled out his guitar to comical effect: “I know I’m not half the singer that Ariana Grande is, but I am technically three times her body weight. So the math works out.

The “Booty Rap” skit featured rough language as Aidy Bryant and Chris rapped their way into bar-induced courtship. They laid waste to pop music’s current booty obsession (Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” with some of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” mixed in). Chris’ bewildered facial expressions at his own lyrics sell this skit.

The “Marvel Can’t Fail” skit was my favorite part of the episode. Marvel really could sell anything to the moviegoing public, including Bus People, Pam 2: The Winter Pam, and Some Shopping Carts. The best moment was where Chris walks down the Guardians hallway like a a bada** with Princess Leia hair.

This “NFL Intros” skit skeward the league to over its handing of the Ray Rice situation. Various cast members and Pratt introduce themselves (as Ravens and Panthers players) by the crimes they’ve committed. Chris Brown gets a mention too. The SNL writers went hard.

The “He-Man and Lion-O” skit was so dumb, but that was the point. Chris used his real abs to play the ultimate beefcake action figure. Crotch patting and wall smashing happen. Ariana briefly enters the scene as She-Ra.

I’m including photos of Chris with Anna Faris at the iHeartRadio festival last week. These two are so effusive with their red carpet PDA, which makes me wonder. If they ever split, I’ll cry for real.

Chris Pratt

Screencaps courtesy of NBC & Hulu, photos courtesy of WENN

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  1. MrsBPitt says:

    I’ve watched SNL ever since I can remember. One night last season my came in and asked me how the show was. I said “terrible, as usual” and then he said “everytime I ask you how the show is you tell me it’s bad. Why do you still watch it”, and I thought, “hmmm, he’s right” So, I didn’t watch it Saturday…How was it? I’ll be so mad if it was actually funny!!!!

  2. starrywonder says:

    It was probably the best SNL I’ve watched in years. Seriously. In years.

  3. Dani2 says:

    I love him so much but the whole thing wasn’t that great imo, Ariana showed us both sides of her face constantly so that’s something positive I guess.

  4. What was that says:

    SNL do not allow us to view their precious comedies this side of the Atlantic so I have never seen it or any version as it is blocked…..
    It is harder for your ‘foreign readers ‘ to appreciate these pieces .
    It is a shame as it looks interesting

    • Kali says:

      I’ve got the geoblocking problem too :'( Youtube clips of the sketches are floating around. I just watched the “Marvel Can’t Fail” one that James Gunn just posted on his facebook page.

    • Lee says:

      I’m in Canada, and I can’t see it either. Not on CB, or Pajiba. Too bad. But not bad enough that I’ll go on the hunt for it…

    • EEV says:

      Try adding Hola Unblocker to your browser. I’m in Canada and it works perfectly for me – you can choose which country you’re ‘from’ – i.e. in this case, the US. 🙂

      • Julsy says:

        Yes! Hola – or projectfreetv from which you can stream episodes. I’m in Australia but used it in the States too because we didn’t have a telly. The episode was better than normal but their skits always go on a BIT too long! brevity!!

  5. Kali says:

    I would happily watch Chris Pratt touch other people’s junk all day long.


    That sounded better in my head.

  6. AuroraO says:

    SNL needs some new writers. Chris did his best to bring the funny but someone needs to get fired.

    • Dutch says:

      Head writer/Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost

    • NorthernGirl_20 says:

      YES! My husband and I got bored after the first skit. Loved the opening monologue thought it was great – I think CP is sooo cute but the writing was just horrible. We actually just turned off the TV & went to bed.

  7. feebee says:

    He showed his actual abs for the skit?…. didn’t notice. Blinded by thighs.

  8. Dany says:

    Chris is a funny guy.
    In the top photo he looks like a discount Patrick Wilson

  9. Esmom says:

    Chris is my newest celeb crush, love him. I haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy but he’s hysterical on Parks and Rec. He seems sweet and down to earth, too, grateful for his success and enjoying the ride.

    As for SNL, it was OK. Not worth staying up for, imo.

  10. mommak918 says:

    Chris was adorable. His abs and legs…daaaaang, looked good. He and Anna are so sexy together. You can tell they love one another.

    SNL sucked. I recorded it…and so glad I didn’t stay up for it. Chris did the best he could do with what was there. His rap skills were good…and his faces were awesome.

    But yea I agree, the writers SUCK. Im a screeb writer and tho I don’t do comedy I feel I need to submit so ideas.

  11. maddelina says:

    It was a disappointment. Not very funny at all.

  12. GeekLuva says:

    My hubs & I watched. We agreed that wasn’t everything the Internet’s were claiming. And this is coming from a hardcore Prattaloonie. He and Anna are so flipping cute together it washes all the bad skits away.
    As an aside, did anyone see Ariana blow off the long haired shorter male cast member that was talking to her? At the end where they do their group hugs? My first thought was “proof!” I felt you could see it on his face that he knew she was blowing him off rather rudely.

  13. Zigggy says:

    I liked the monologue best.

  14. Josefa says:

    SNL has become awfully boring and badly written. Chris did the best he could, I think.

  15. emma says:

    He did a great job.

    But I’m disappointed in how sexual and raunchy SNL’s skits are. I miss the old clever and edgy humor. Now it’s basically masturbation and fart jokes. Boring.

  16. meganmm says:

    they totally stole that nfl skit from Key and Peele smh…