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Phoebe Waller-Bridge; Taylor Swift
Critic Consensus: Phoebe Waller-Bridge proves the perfect host, graciously lending her own comedic talents while allowing the cast-members around her to shine -- especially everyone's new favorite Trade Daddy Bowen Yang.
Critic reviews for Phoebe Waller-Bridge; Taylor Swift
Waller-Bridge showed off her talent for wringing humor from the unlikeliest of places, as she does during a hilarious tangent about genitals, setting a high bar for the rest of the episode to clear, which it does.
The presence of Waller-Bridge, author of the year's Emmy-certified best comedy, only served to highlight the material that wasn't up to her level.
This episode was an improvement over the average season premiere... SNL might really be on the verge of hitting a new groove.
After last week's laugh-free debacle of a season opener, Saturday Night Live began hitting its stride this week with several sketches that featured genuine laughs and even took some chances.
Waller-Bridge did a fine job as host (and was especially charming during her opening monologue), but she wasn't given much of a showcase.,, Perhaps most notable is that it was another strong week for Bowen Yang
For her part, Waller-Bridge didn't overpower the cast so much as simply blend in with the ensemble. As someone who possesses a titanic amount of energy and charisma , this was definitely a choice versus an inability to rise to the occasion.
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