Charlize Theron hosted SNL last night, fourteen years after she last helmed the show. The South African actress led a particularly strange and often weak episode, one in which the skits felt more predicated on kooky premises or off-kilter tone than any apparent punchlines.
That approach wasn't always the best use of Theron's talents, but one sketch worked well: "Tourists," which had her don a fat suit and play one of many confused foreigners wandering around New York City, peppering civilians with strange queries and nonsensical photo requests.
The episode was also redeemed by musical guest The Black Keys, who turned in great performances of "Fever" and "Bullet in the Brain," both off their new, terrific album Turn Blue. The record will hit stores May 13.
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