TV Club: Saturday Night Live: “Kevin Hart/Sia”

“I’m not an actor, I’m a [movie/standup] star!”

Kevin Hart gets damned with coded faint praise a lot, something along the lines of, “Well, he’s very energetic.” Translated: “He’s not very funny, but he’s loud and plays to his (mostly black) audience.” But Hart is a funny guy (even if the movie he’s here to promote is apparently a bit of a dud), and his undeniably live-wire energy comes off as a measure of both commitment and professionalism on SNL, something my esteemed predecessor nailed down accurately when he reviewed Hart’s first hosting gig. Hart threw himself into every sketch last time, and he did the same tonight—there are worse qualities for a host to bring to the table. His monologue was entertaining and funny, breezing through his fears at the wildlife surrounding his suburban home with a precise physicality and …

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