Phoebe Waller-Bridge; Taylor Swift
Saturday Night Live Season 45

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Critic Ratings: 12
Critics 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.

Episode Info

Phoebe Waller-Bridge hosts; and Taylor Swift performs.

Cast

Critic Reviews for Phoebe Waller-Bridge; Taylor Swift

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.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Look, SNL tried to pigeonhole Phoebe... But Waller-Bridge seemed to relish the chance to have fun, while anchoring even the flimsiest premises with the expected cheeky aplomb.

Oct 6, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

We have a feeling this won't be PWB's last appearance on SNL - she aced it.

Oct 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A surprisingly middle-of-the-road entry for Saturday Night Live.

Oct 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Because of her impeccable timing and her supple relationship to both camera and live audiences, it was less a question of whether she'd do well as SNL host, but rather how well. And Waller-Bridge did not disappoint.

Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Oh, wow, Bowen Yang gets to debut on Update! As the top Chinese trade representative, Yang is hilarious. "I'm basically the Lizzo of China right now!" He's certainly getting off on the right foot.

Oct 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

It's better than it has any right to be, largely thanks to Phoebe... Bowen Yang makes his debut on "Update" as a Chinese trade representative, and he's great (the segment is "OK").

Oct 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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

Oct 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 6, 2019 | Full Review…

This episode was an improvement over the average season premiere... SNL might really be on the verge of hitting a new groove.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…