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Enjoying ‘SNL,’ disappointments and all

Awkwafina (pictured at an Atlanta screening of “Crazy Rich Asians” in August) hosts “Saturday Night Live” Oct. 6.Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Warner Bros.)

I know the season of trash-talking “Saturday Night Live” has begun, but I don’t care. I’m glad the NBC show is back, and I will watch it regularly, even though I know it will disappoint me more than it will please me.

That’s just how “SNL” rolls. The complaints are familiar: The show’s not as consistent as it used to be, the sketches are too long, the characters are stupid, etc. Meanwhile, the early seasons were also pretty inconsistent (just watch the first season DVDs; I have), the digital shorts tend to be shorter than sketches, and the characters — these days, they’re largely political sendups — have been indelible, from all of Kate McKinnon’s takes to Beck Bennett’s Putin.


If “SNL” were completely worthless, people wouldn’t be invested in talking about its worthlessness for decades. The show continues to polarize viewers, as they watch live or in the show’s viral afterlife online.

This Saturday night, the host is Awkwafina, the YouTube sensation who became a star in “Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” I’m thinking it’s possible that Matt Damon will return as Brett Kavanaugh, depending on how the news goes leading up to showtime.

I’m also thinking, or maybe hoping, that we may see McKinnon as Senator Lindsey Graham, jowls and all. The musical guest will be Travis Scott.