Will Eli Manning always be in Peyton Manning‘s shadow? With two Superbowl rings in just eight years, and now this solid turn at hosting Saturday Night Live it looks like it’s Eli’s time to shine. While he was still stiff and awkward at times, the writing from the SNL team really turned out a solid episode.

There are a few sketches I wanted to highlight so let’s dig in!

Fifty Shades of Grey/Kindle Ad

Fifty Shades of Grey is taking over! Originally a Twilight fanfiction that skewed more towards S&M and kinky sex, it’s now a NY Times best seller with a movie deal. And it’s the perfect book to read on a Kindle. It’s juicy and sexy and highly controversial, so it’s definitely not something you want to be seen reading in public.

 

Eli Manning’s Motion Capture Touchdown Celebrations

This was probably by favorite sketch of the night.  I thought it was a great opening for Eli. His celebrations were great, from the dribbling of the basketball to the throwing of the grenade. And the end where he drops a sandwhich, then looks around to see if anyone saw, and then eats it was hilarious. Throw in some funny impersonations of Tim Tebow and Ray Lewis, and all in all it was a great way to start the show.

Little Brothers

This was another great skit. At first, I thought it was going to be almost an exact recreation of Peyton’s United Way bit, but it turned out to be its own unique skit that was awesome. The part where he has a maniacal laugh at the end was great.

Overall, it was a solid effort on his part and far better than anything I was expecting. I thought it was going to be January Jones levels of badness, but this was actually a pretty solid episode, in large part thanks to the solid writing and Eli’s commitment to follow through on what was asked of him.

Who thought he'd go so far as to dress in drag? What a champ!

What was your favorite sketch from last night?