Just over 24 hours before making his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live, Jerrod Carmichael released his third HBO comedy special, which contained a number of revelations about the comedian and actor’s personal life. Would you have needed to see Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel before you saw him host SNL, though? No. But it would help if you paid attention to the one thing in the pop culture zeitgeist that everyone apparently had an opinion on…
What is the market for SNL Cold open for last night (4/2/22)?
After a two-week hiatus, and then this final week full of Oscar slap talk heard around the world, what’s left to laugh at in the cold open?
There is always FOX and friends. Although the show stopped recurring exploration of fixes for this parody segment long ago, this new cast of Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner and Mikey Day as Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade can still delve into the trio of the morning show as they provide such low-hanging fruit baskets. Mikey’s Kilmeade obviously joined Trump’s new Truth Social alt-Twitter app, only to have his phone immediately burnt out. They call on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (Kenan Thompson) and his wife Ginni (Kate McKinnon) to disavow their involvement in the January 6 conspiracy to overthrow the 2020 election, with Kate’s spin on Ginni as ” Yoko Ono of the Supreme Court”. .” But they quickly give up all that for two more swings on a cold open. Second strike: Jeanine Pirro’s still strong teasing of Cecily Strong The five afternoon episode. Strike three: James Austin Johnson calls FOX and friends like Trump, still in his pajamas in bed maybe, and definitely not only confessing to a coup, but also “a whole arm on Hitch” in the face of the slap, and he even tries to bring up his “hole a shot” played golf last week? All in all, lots of swings and while not a full takedown, this live eight-minute skit didn’t quite score either.
How the SNL Guest host Jerrod Carmichael Do?
Carmichael emerged in a shirtless white suit (a reverse Oscars Timothee Chalamet?), but the comedian, who previously starred on NBC in his own sitcom, The Carmichael Show, swore “I’m not going to talk about it.” Is “it” the slap or his coming out? Neither, as he mentioned both. Of the Oscars kerfuffle, Carmichael noted that just six days ago, it all seemed like a long time ago, “between Jamiroquai and 9/11.” He didn’t want to talk about it. “Then Lorne walked into my dressing room,” Carmichael said. “He said the nation needed to heal.” But the comedian would prefer Barack Obama to return to politics for the part of healing the nation. As for Carmichael coming out as gay in his HBO special? Ta-da! The comedian joked that being gay in New York is only a big deal because you get perks, like hosting SNL. “It’s the gayest thing you can do.”
(Inset: Eight years ago, before Carmichael filmed his first HBO special, and before Pete Davidson joined the cast of SNL, they were good friends who even sat down and posed for me at The Comedy Cellar before my first interview with Carmichael. Look at their baby faces! So young they were!)
So, personally, I was looking forward to seeing them perform together in sketches tonight. Alas. A lack. This was not the case ? ! ? Not that Pete is still on a break from the show or hiding from Kanye West.
Jerrod was ready to participate in this post-COVID game show “Is My Brain Okay?” as a former marketing director of IBM now mainly on mushrooms. As much as Sarah Sherman lights up the mood whenever she’s on screen, and as much as I remain a fan of Kate and Bowen Yang, this whole game show felt like a retread of last month’s “Word Crunch” game show, perpetuating the premise that competitors have lost their minds. I have anecdotal evidence that New Yorkers are getting clumsier in real life after two years of virtual communications, but I don’t know how much this sketch translates to places in America where people had, uh, construction sites?
No worries with the Shop TV teleshopping parody, hosted by Dot and Rhett (Cecily and Mikey) with star doll designer Kevin Lickitt (Jerrod) showing off his latest creation: Rhylee Rainbowlocks. Only one problem: His hair extensions are so long that they also come out of his pelvis? A costume change for the bathing suit doll only complicates things. A second doll requiring adjustments of a different nature ensures that more hijinks ensue.
In the second half hour of the show, we get SNL’s take on The Oscars, from the perspective of a seat filler (Jerrod) who’s a huge Will Smith fan and thrilled to be behind Smith, only to be horrified by what happens. SNL used Chris Rock’s actual audio, then beeped Chris Redd as he gave Smith’s profane shout to Rock. It didn’t add much to the already overcooked subject, and certainly didn’t heal the nation.
Kicking off the show’s final half hour, Jerrod joined Andrew Dismukes as mortuary men carrying out the last wishes of a family (JAJ, Heidi and Kyle Mooney) ‘Pop Pop’ died scattering his remains in the sea. Except they forgot to cremate the body first! Which makes for a wild visual and signal sound effects as the body tumbles off a cliff into the water below. The family grows even more heated as they watch Jerrod pull out an urn, which he says is really just a thermos for his soup. Andrew offers to fetch the body to smooth things over, only for the whole sketch to be streamlined a bit. This could all have gone better with wilder energy if they had saved it for the last sketch of the night, perhaps?
The restaurant skit “Story” in which Jerrod is introduced by Heidi and Ego Nwodim as a great storyteller is twisted not thanks to Kyle’s aloof persona, who becomes overly excited by all the bad details in Jerrod’s fairly mundane story. I don’t know how it passed the table read, let alone the dress rehearsal.
I mean, they had another Please Don’t Destroy “Three Normal Goths” video they could have released and chose not to.
How relevant was musical guest Gunna?
Gunna, 28, grew up outside of Atlanta and was signed as a rapper to Young Thug’s label. He released his third album “DS4Ever” in January, and it became his second consecutive Billboard chart-topping album. So Lorne gives the kids at home what they want. They want Gunna!
For his debut song, Gunna performed “Banking On Me”, which he released as a standalone single on Valentine’s Day.
Future came through for the second song, Gunna’s “pushin P” hit, which didn’t quite seem like a live hit in the room or on screen?!? Do I poke P by noticing how superficial this performance was?
Which sketch will we share: “Short-Ass Movie”
Here comes Pete! He didn’t appear in any of the live sketches, but his music video about wanting to watch short movies featured Gunna, Chris Redd and also Dirt Nasty (aka Simon Rex) as they quoted the lengths of various movies . both old and new. They laughed and cried about the animated shorts that predate Pixar movies. Pete went to speak to describe his amazement at how Sex and the City 2 could be longer than jurassic parkonly to remind him that the same was true for his film, the King of Staten Island. Does this make up for the fact that Rex got snubbed for his star comeback? red rocket? You told us.
Who stopped at the weekend update?
Colin Jost and Michael Che had tons of Oscar Slap jokes, with Colin getting the most meta by mentioning how the bar is too high for guys standing up for their wives at awards shows (since his wife is ScarJo, after all).
Cecily first stopped by as U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to dig even deeper into her question during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings, which was, in case you missed it: ” Define the woman.” Cecily is good at raising the ridiculous, naturally, but that only made me stop to wonder why didn’t they make her demonstrations an open cold centerpiece instead. It would have given Ego a nice spot, as well as Aidy Bryant as idiot-box Ted Cruz, though since Aidy didn’t appear on the show at all, it might not have been a options tonight? As for Blackburn’s excuse for asking for the definition, Cecily joked, “If you don’t know what a woman is, how are you going to take her rights away?”
Kenan did the most with the least tonight? He first relied on Clarence Thomas’ infamous reputation for not saying much. Then he gets to do it as OJ Simpson offers his opinions on The Slap while reminding us all how we feel about OJ now. “Always good to hear applause for OJ,” Kenan noted wryly as he began his track.
The update segment ended with a silent tribute card to Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters drummer who died suddenly at the age of 50 while touring with the band last week.
Which sketch filled the “10 to 1” slot?
At 12:57 a.m. EST, they slipped into one final pre-recorded track, in which three couples admire their respective newborns in their adorable little onesies, say some very heteronormative things about them, and then each other. catch up because one of the couples is Bowen and Jerrod. Cue Cecily’s voiceover for an advert for LGBTQ+ themed onesies. “Oh, relax, it’s not like they can read,” she says at the end.
Who was the episode’s MVP?
What a strangely disappointing episode. The night could even have turned out very differently with the changes I recommended above. But that’s Lorne’s show. So with what we got, the MVP of the night had to be Cecile Fortebringing as much excitement as she could muster with her two impersonations (Jeanine Pirro and Marsha Blackburn), as well as the screams of her doll-haired, “Squeal Deals” home TV presenter, and for having voiced the final sketch of the night.
Next week: Jake Gyllenhaal hosts, with musical guest Camilla Cabello.
Sean L. McCarthy Works Comedy Rhythm For His Own Digital Journal, The comic strip; before that, for the actual logs. Based in New York, but will travel anywhere for the scoop: ice cream or news. He also tweets @thecomicscomic and half-hour episode podcasts with comedians revealing origin stories: Comic Book Comic Presents Last Things First.