Maya Rudolph and Martin Short want America to laugh again. But on the eve of their Season 1 finale, we’re just hoping they make it to a Season 2.
Remember when “Saturday Night Live” was your favorite show and you’d race home from “da club” on Saturday nights to find out what utter hilarity everyone was going to be talking about around the water cooler Monday morning? Also, remember when people used to talk about stuff around the water cooler on Monday mornings?
Also, does anybody remember laughter? (Sorry, we’ve been listening to a lot of “Stairway to Heaven” lately. We digress…)
The point is that NBC’s “Maya & Marty” is making us seriously excited about sketch comedy again. Don’t get us wrong. “Saturday Night Live” will always be our first true love, but SNL has been around for more than 40 years and, well sometimes it kind of feels like it’s been around for more than 40 years. Sometimes it just feels good to be sketch-comedy-dating someone new.
Watching “M&M” is like stumbling across an SNL “Best of” episode that you never knew existed. In addition to a seriously solid stockpile of character-based sketches, the show features guest appearances by some of the greatest SNL performers and hosts of all time including Tom Hanks, Amy Poehler, Steve Martin, Ben Stiller, Keenan Thompson, and a lil’ bit of Miley Cyrus – for the kids.
What really stands out about “M&M,” though, is the writing. It’s not really a big shocker when Maya Rudolph and Martin Short show up and dole out amazing comedic performances. But there’s a sense of relief that washes over us when we realize that the sketches are more than smart – they’re based on ideas that we haven’t seen rehashed over and over and over again. A big chunk o’ credit has got to go to “M&M” head writer Mikey Day, who also acts on the show. Day is an SNL writer too, and cranks out winning sketches almost every week – even when the rest of the show falls a little short.
In spite of it all, “M&M” has been getting mixed reviews and ratings and we’re a little nervous about whether our new favorite will get renewed for another season. Many critics have slammed the show for just being a throwback to an earlier “SNL” era, but we can’t think of a greater compliment. This is, in fact, the exact reason we love “M&M” so much. We miss the old “SNL”. “Old” doesn’t always mean “stale”; sometimes it means “classic.” Our hope is that “Maya & Marty” gets its own 40-plus year run – mostly because we want to see an 84-year-old Maya Rudolph shake her groove thang with a 106-year-old Martin Short.
Check out five of our favorite “Maya & Marty” clips from this season:
1. OPRAH BREAD
Maya is Oprah. Oprah is Maya. If you’ve ever lamented living in an anti-carbohydrate culture, you’re in luck: “YOU get a slice! YOU get a slice! YOU get a slice!”
You know that thing? When a sketch is so dumb it’s smart? That’s “Astronaut” in a nutshell—a nutshell anchored by Tom Hanks playing one of his classic Spielberg-y all-American heroes.
Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler are together again. Think “Bronx Beat” meets “Mom Jeans” meets Chris Farley’s classic Chippendale’s sketch.
Think Larry David was great playing Bernie Sanders? Try Martin Short playing Larry David in this parody of Jerry Seinfeld’s hit web series.
Maya Rudolph plays the presumptive GOP nominee’s sparkling spouse Melania Trump in a sketch that makes jewelry snacking great again.
The season finale of “Maya & Marty” airs Tuesday, July 12 on NBC and will be available to stream on Hulu starting Wednesday, July 13. Clips from the full season are available to watch now.