No matter how a lot I wanted for Saturday Night Live to be audacious sufficient to really do the bathttub-in-the-kitchen condominium tour sketch as a meta-wink (see Keegan-Michael Key’s character arc in Don’t Think Twice), I’ve to wrestle with the truth that SNL won’t ever be that audacious. But there’s nonetheless loads of hope for this episode, as Key is a sketch stalwart, who by some means by no means obtained the time of day from SNL. His companion in comedy from MADtv to Key & Peele, Jordan Peele, did get a glance again in 2008-9 when Lorne Michaels wanted a Barack Obama impersonator. Narrator: Peele didn’t get the job. Second Narrator: Key & Peele made hay with that due to Key’s anger translations of Peele’s Obama. But no laborious emotions right here! In truth, Key was over the moon delighted to be a part of SNL this episode.
What’s The Deal For The SNL Cold Open For 5/15/2021?
We open with Dr. Fauci (Kate McKinnon) offering us all with the newest federal pointers on carrying a masks, since for those who’ve been taking note of the information, that modified fairly a bit previously week. We can now go with out masks exterior if we’re vaccinated. Or not? Confusing, proper? Bring in “The CDC Players” to display the totally different situations and protocols. Except when the SNL solid does it, after all, every state of affairs ends with a whammy. Aidy Bryant figures she deserves to catch COVID since she was in a bar with Beck Bennett at 11 a.m. Bowen Yang and Ego Nwodim determine their horniness trumps security on an airplane flight. A big gathering exterior appears secure, however what if it’s the U.S. Capitol and so they’re rioters? You get the concept. I didn’t even attempt to clarify the new canine LGBTQ alliance bit, or did I? It will get extra perverse from there. I suppose mocking awkwardly-acted security demonstrations is normally nice comedy fodder. Maybe I used to be simply lulled by the size of those bits and wanted them to get to the zingers faster, a la Laugh In! Wait. Am I actually that previous that I steered SNL comply with Laugh In!’s format? I assume so. Moving on.
How Did The SNL Guest Host Keegan-Michael Key Do?
“Everything’s coming up Keegan!” Keegan-Michael Key emerged in black-tie, which even a fancy dress change couldn’t deny, and declared his intentions to profit from his dream gig internet hosting the present. After a few fast gags involving folks mistaking Key for Peele or for Kenan Thompson, Thompson caught round alongside Cecily Strong to sing the remainder of the monologue with Key. Including this bit, Key would sing three totally different occasions through the episode with Strong, which is sensible, as a result of they spent the winter filming a complete musical comedy collection collectively, the upcoming Schmigadoon! on Apple TV+. The different musical numbers? One had Key as DJ Balls in a duo with Strong’s recurring British character, Gemma, to serenade Gene (Kenan Thompson) at a T.G.I.Friday’s for his birthday celebration that took a twist when his spouse left him as quickly as she obtained vaccinated.
The different had Key, Strong and Kate McKinnon as aged stars singing no matter phrases they might keep in mind from George Gershwin’s “I’ve Got Rhythm” in a Kennedy Center tribute.
Key additionally held court docket as “super” senior Shneeb reporting on the high school prom in his third 12 months of attempting to go pre-algebra, in addition to Michael Jordan in outtakes from final 12 months’s docuseries, The Last Dance, during which we find out how MJ’s obsession with payback wins led to the demise of his pal and longtime safety guard John Michael Wozniak (performed by Heidi Gardner). I need to admit that having carried out a deep dive on the actual man, it made it harder for me to snort together with their mockery. Wozniak died final 12 months of most cancers simply earlier than the docuseries debuted. The brief movie did have stable turns, nonetheless, from Chris Redd as Dennis Rodman and Kenan Thompson as Charles Barkley.
How Relevant Was The Musical Guest Olivia Rodrigo?
This season beforehand paid tribute to Rodrigo with all of the fellas belting out her lyrics to “Drivers License” simply two months in the past.
So after all she carried out it. Since I’m not a teen, I didn’t know that 18-year-old Olivia Rodrigo already was a Disney star, from the previous collection Bizaardvark and the brand new collection, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Disney strikes once more with one other teen heartthrob pop star!
She additionally carried out her new music that simply got here out with a music video two days in the past, “good 4 u.”
Which Sketch Will We Be Sharing: “The Muppet Show”
Usually this slot is stuffed by a brief movie (resembling The Last Dance outtake), however when you determine a strategy to carry the Muppets again into the SNL fold, you’ve obtained everybody’s consideration. In actual life, Jim Henson’s Muppets have been a part of the very first SNL episode. And Lily Tomlin was a visitor star on the actual Muppet Show. Here, although, we’re handled to Melissa Villasenor as Tomlin, alongside a Kermit impersonator (Kyle Mooney), whereas outsized Statler and Waldorf heads within the balcony (voiced by Mikey Day and Beck Bennett) did their common heckling factor. Only this time, venue safety guards performed by Kenan Thompson and Keegan-Michael Key weren’t having it. In truth, they’d beat up Statler and Waldorf! Don’t fear. This all has a cheerful ending, and even a cheerful center, as Thompson and Key each broke character momentarily they have been having a lot enjoyable.
Who Stopped By Weekend Update?
Kate McKinnon appeared first as embattled Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, newly ousted by her fellow Republicans from her slot because the third-ranking officer within the occasion’s House of Representatives. That’s regardless of Cheney embodying the very rules of a conservative girl: “Blonde. Mean.” Oh nicely. At least she has so many supporters within the Republican Resistance. Her checklist needs to remind me of Stefon. And but. Different occasion.
Andrew Dismukes will get an Update as himself?!? For his first Update bit, he informs us that he’s a proud Texan, even when the issues he thinks Texans are recognized for aren’t a lot to brag about. One factor he can brag about: Growing up realizing his great-grandmother. Whom everybody referred to as Old MawMaw. She was the one member of the family with cable TV, tho? So that meant a priceless reminiscence he shared along with her of watching the Disney film Blink! about in-line skating gangs. Good factor this viewers is all concerning the Disney, due to Olivia Rodrigo. The youngsters on social media additionally appear to be loving the Dismukes! More Dismukes for the children!
What can horse coach Bob Baffert say in protection of his Kentucky Derby winner that obtained caught utilizing medicine? Beck Bennett as Baffert gives loads of various realities, whereas admitting to the essential reality: “Do I look like a shady character to you?”
What Sketch Filled The “10-to-1” Slot?
At 12:55 a.m. Eastern, we’re within the gymnasium for the Eastern Valley High School Commencement, with Alex Moffat because the presiding principal, having to remind the mother and father to carry their applause, to no avail. The misdirect of the sketch is that they need you to assume it’s racial, till late within the sport when the white households be part of within the extreme cheering, and the underside falls out of the premise when one of many mother and father begins insisting the principal is “a kid toucher.” Not positive how this handed muster, however at the least it obtained all of the rookie solid members concerned. Besides, Simon did promise a again flip. Why you bugging?
Who Was The Episode’s MVP?
If nothing else, you’re left with an enormous previous tease for no matter Key and Cecily Strong have cooked up for his or her Apple TV+ collection this summer season. But it’s nonetheless Kate McKinnon who saved the nice ship SNL from sinking tonight, what along with her anchoring the chilly open, kicking off the Update characters and bringing her common gusto to a sketch during which she performs a legendary actress of stage or display screen.
Key nearly left us considering it was the season finale throughout good-nights, however oh no, that’s subsequent week. With visitor host Anya Taylor-Joy and musical visitor Lil Nas X, so you already know it’ll be a banger!
Sean L. McCarthy works the comedy beat for his personal digital newspaper, The Comic’s Comic; earlier than that, for precise newspapers. Based in NYC however will journey wherever for the news: Ice cream or information. He additionally tweets @thecomicscomic and podcasts half-hour episodes with comedians revealing origin tales: The Comic’s Comic Presents Last Things First.