I got a few e-mails from the East Coast last night telling me that Neil Patrick Harris had killed on "Saturday Night Live," so I spent the better part of this morning fighting the tour hotel's awful wi-fi connection to watch whatever sketches were available online. Unfortunately, it was a losing battle, and comedy is not designed to play with frequent pauses for buffering.
Of the sketches I was able to get through with minimal technical difficulties, I liked both the first and second half of the monologue but felt they should have picked one gag (Doogie vs. Fred Savage) or the other (NPH shuts down hecklers) instead of both, I got a kick out of the Save Broadway sketch but am wondering who played Annie (did they add a fifth female regular over the New Year's break?), am still amused by Sudeikis' hair whenever he plays Blago but thought that sketch needed to get to him sooner, got too frustrated with all the connection problems while trying to watch Frost/Other People to get all the way through and think NPH needed to show up much sooner in the Today show sketch. I've heard tell of a good Digital Short, but it's not online anywhere that I can find.
Also, Fran and Freba was the kind of sketch I wish they'd do more of these days -- no high-concept, no fake theme song or celebrity impressions, just two characters interacting with each other -- but the execution didn't work at all.
What did those of you who were able to watch the show under more optimal conditions think?