Comedian Kevin Hart hosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend and the episode, like many that have debut in recent years, has been met with mixed reviews.

Entertainment Weekly concluded that the episode was “heartless” despite the fact that the show’s cold open was promising. All the more disappointing is that Hart is a comedian and was therefore accustomed to performing in front of a live audience. This alone should have prevented the show from flat-lining but didn’t.

The Huffington Post classified the episode as “the definition of mediocre” but skits like “Z-Shirt” and “The Walking Dead” spoof received high marks.

Highly panned skits include “New Pope,” in which “Beats of the Southern Wild” star Quvenzhané Wallis becomes the new pope (Yes…it’s as awful as it sounds), and a mock “Steve Harvey” show segment.

The episode also drew criticism for recycling a sketch called “McDonald’s Firing” that appeared in the Anne Hathaway-hosted show. “Barnes & Noble Firing” may serve as proof the recurring skit will have a limited run.

The New York Post called the show “high-energy but inconsistent.”

While Hart did his best, much of the wiring wasn’t up to snuff. Though Hart did have some tough talent to contend with.

So far, the season has included Oscar worthy hosts like Jennifer Lawrence and Christoph Waltz as well as cultural icons like Seth MacFarlane. And based on popular opinion, it seems that Waltz is many viewers’ favorite guest so far.

We’re sure a little skit called “Djesus Uncrossed” had a little something to do with that.

If Saturday’ show wasn’t your cup of tea, next week marks the return of one of the best hosts the sketch comedy series has had … Justin Timberlake!


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