Seth Rogen, who has “Neighbors” opening wide shortly, hit up “Saturday Night Live” for a third time as host over the weekend. Below are his top four highlights. “SNL” is in reruns next week, but returns May 3 with host Andrew Garfield and musical guest Coldplay.
1. Opening monologue.
At a certain point in the evolution of one’s celebrity, it seems like you have no choice but to settle into a calcified mold of the traits that brought you to everyone’s attention. It’s like cement settling. Call it the hardening of type. What has Rogen become synonymous with? Weed and being friends with James Franco. In his opening monologue, we get a stoner’s addled take on the week leading up to an “SNL” episode and a visit from Franco and, of course, Franco’s perm-grin.
2. Shallon: Drug Safety
Getting kids not to do drugs is tricky because of the whole ‘drugs-feel-pretty-good’ phenomenon. Seth Rogen is a representative for D.A.R.E and doesn’t pick his words carefully. “SNL” cast member Nasim Pedrad reprises her role as Shallon, and the rest 8-balls from there. Wait. Snowballs. It snowballs from there.
Hands are important and we use them on a daily basis. Hands let us use tools and that is what separates us from the beasts. Also, our minds and all that. Like it or not, it’s physical comedic gold when someone can’t use their hands. On “SNL,” I mean! Anywhere else, and a lack of hand usage is tragic. But during Seth Rogen’s sketch, it was funny.
In a digital short, Rogen plays a real jerk who is mean to some monsters. For the monsters, being a monster is a raw and excruciating insecurity that they must deal with on a daily basis. Rogen’s jeering prompts one of the monsters to get surgery and the monster becomes James Franco. Who is not a monster. James Franco is a universally loved renaissance man. Who cares if his recent pursuit of a 17 year old girl burned off like so much morning fog? You know what they say. It’s not statutory, it’s James Franco.