‘Saturday Night Live’: Jon Hamm hams it up


It’s been years since I’ve watched “Saturday Night Live.” Years. Of course, for the last month or so I have been catching online videos of Tina Fey as Sarah Palin.

But the hosting stint by “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm lured me in. And he was funny, folks.

I especially enjoyed the skits “Don Draper’s Guide to Picking Up Women” and “Two A-Holes at an Ad Agency in  the Sixties.” The latter — with a nifty assist from “Mad Men” cohorts John Slattery (who lives in New York) and Elisabeth Moss (who’s starring in “Speed-The-Plow” on Broadway) — was a clever spoof on the Carousel pitch from the “Mad Men” season 1 finale. I wonder if those would have been as funny for viewers who don’t watch “Mad Men.” Other Hamm highlights included a brief bit as the ghost of JFK and an amusing imitation of James Mason appearing on Vincent Price’s Halloween spec.

Our “Mad Men” hero even made the most of the pretty dumb “Jon Hamm’s John Ham” (I laughed out loud at “Feel stupid yet?”) and managed not to embarrass himself on the really lame Pat Finger campaign ads (don’t ask). Of course, the fact that he’s so darn cute doesn’t hurt.

Unfortunately, the non-Hamm skits only served to remind me why I don’t watch the show anymore. The laughs are just too few and far between.

Variety‘s TV blogs have unofficially turned this into “Mad Men” weekend. There are a couple of “MM” posts over at Cynthia Littleton’s On the Air blog, here and here. And we’ll be recapping the season finale there shortly after it airs. And there’s Season Pass’ own Matthew Weiner Q&A here.

Apologies to those who don’t watch the show. But, you know, you really ought to. You’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t. Tonight is the “Mad Men” season 2 finale so we promise we’ll get back to talking about other shows, or at least “Friday Night Lights” and “The Office,” this week.

Posted by Kathy Lyford