Sometimes an offbeat, premise-driven bit needs someone to take charge of driving the mini-narrative home, and, too often, this cast recedes. Sort of the sketch comedy equivalent of letting the ball play them. Look at the frat house sketch, the upright bass sketch, the game night sketch, and the sons-home-from-college sketch—all seeded with promising central ideas, and all fading into the sets rather than popping like proper standout pieces. Again, I am all for the show riding its obvious, post-Trump freedom to write the show as if the world could go back to thinking about weird, goofy stuff again. I just wish there were more exuberance in the enterprise. Nwodim has been sneaking up into the top echelon of the cast this season, and her mom here might be her best characterization yet.
Donald Trump, Saturday Night Live, and the sad political theater of middlebrow comedy
Pete Davidson's Grinch On SNL Is Horrifying
Carey Mulligan was actually just fine in her first SNL hosting gig, trying on a few accents, showing up in most of the sketches, and basically being capable, even if, again, the Promising Young Woman star is unlikely to ditch prestige drama for knockabout slapstick any time soon. That most of the ensuing sketches were built around Mulligan is a good thing, even if her role in those sketches was primarily as straight-person or part of an ensemble in some dusted-off recurring bits. But the three leads here are excellent, and if Lesbian Period Drama frees Mulligan from having to truss up for her own wan Ammonite , then it will all have been worth it. Still, fuck that guy. Good for Punkie Johnson for getting her biggest show piece yet—Update is traditionally the best place for struggling-for-airtime featured players to stake out some space on the show.
Carey Mulligan throws herself into a warmed-over Saturday Night Live
On April 3, SNL decided to get in on the viral movement that has surrounded the "Old Town Road" rhymer's latest visual, which features an abundance of satanic imagery as well as a scene that shows X twerking on Satan before killing the Devil. After Chris Redd as Lil Nas X briefly talks about the backlash he received for the music video and recent sneaker collaboration with MSCHF, which features satanic iconography, Redd surmises why people are really upset. But really, I'm just your typical gay, rap, country, Black, sneaker entrepreneur. I put my pants on like everyone else, one assless chap at a time.