After a month-long hiatus, we began the Michigan hearings on allegations of fraud in the 2020 election.
The Rudy Giuliani fart machine desperately tries to reverse the results by featuring several “highly intoxicated people,” including bleached blonde star witness Melissa Carone (Cecily Strong, the show’s favorite for such characters), My Pillow founder Mike Lindell (Beck Bennett), a random kidnapped UFO, the character with a strange accent from Nicole Kidman from The Undoing (Chloe Fineman), and a couple of white militia bastards who just want to kidnap the governor (Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney, bringing the characters from some past episodes).
On the one hand, the clown show of Donald Trump’s attempt to reverse the election looks like a platter. On the other, when real life is this cartoonish and disgusting, how can comedy send it? Certainly, this cold opening was no more ridiculous than the actual audiences in Lansing.
All that said, it’s a shame that former cast member Victoria Jackson, whose resemblance to Carone has been widely discussed, is a Trumper herself. The appearance of a special guest would have brought the house down.
Jason Bateman is our host. The actor remembers his previous time at work, 15 years ago, when a monkey nearly killed him during the curtain call. Images of the animal are reproduced almost biting its nose. The monkey “apologized,” says Bateman, but was “destroyed later that night. It was my choice. Lessons have to be learned.” It’s a pleasant monologue that makes good use of Bateman’s aloof, understated, and sinister charm.
In the first sketch, Bateman’s “lame dad” interrupts his preteen daughter’s sleepover to announce that one of the girls has smashed a washing machine upstairs trying to hide a vintage stain on a sofa cushion. At first, it seems clear that the culprit is Megan (McKinnon) drenched in foam, a bald liar with truly monstrous periods (“We all got the pill, but we fought it, we all got an IUD but it rusted and passed …”), But It turns out that all the girls are responsible. It’s a repeat of a sketch from last year, but the chemistry between McKinnon and Bateman makes it work.
At the North Pole, Santa and his elves read the children’s Christmas lists. Things take a dark musical turn when they read one of “scary boy” Stu (Pete Davidson), who asks for a PS5. The whole thing is a perfect parody of Eminem’s classic Stan. Davidson is a dead ringer for Devon Sawa in the original, and is nicely completed by McKinnon as Dido and Bowen Yang as Elton John, as well as an appearance by Eminem himself.
Yang then returns as the roguish and embittered MC from an open-air cabaret, doing a duet with a singer similar to Liza Minnelli while arguing with keyboardist Devon about Covid precautions. Theater kids and gay New Yorkers will have a blast with this one. It is followed by The Christmas Conversation, in which three young women approach their parents to inform them that they will not be home for Christmas. Mothers don’t take the news well, causing a guilt trip of massive proportions to their exhausted children. No doubt many restless millennials will relate.
Next, music guest Morgan Wallen pokes fun at his embarrassment from two months ago when he was fired from SNL’s music venue after photos of him partying in Tuscaloosa were released. Bateman and Yang play themselves in the future, they come to warn him of his careless ways. This leads him to sing a heartfelt mea culpa. The country star is staying to perform his song 7 Summers.
On Weekend Update, Colin Jost pokes fun at Trump’s pathetic conspiracy while trying to flatter him into saying on January 20, “See you. You’re smart. You are kind. But you have to go. ”Michael Che talks about his mixed feelings about the coronavirus vaccine, saying“ On the one hand, I’m black, so I don’t trust him. On the other hand, I’m on a white TV show, so I could get the real one. “
Davidson is brought in to discuss the protests against the blockade in his neighborhood, Staten Island. He is “just happy that I’m not the first thing people respond to when they ask what’s worst about Staten Island.” Then comes teenage film critic Bailey Gismert, who, thanks to the closing of movie theaters, has been forced to watch “super old movies” like Forrest Gump, American Beauty and Silence of the Lambs. His response – “You can’t DO THAT anymore, Michael” – is a great farewell to Generation Z’s petulance, and combined with a strong go-ahead to Che for never appearing in any sketch, it makes the character look his best yet. now. .
A family visit to a socially estranged Santa Claus town in a shopping mall is derailed when Bateman’s Santa and Mrs. Claus grope around in their giant plastic bubbles, destroying everything in their path. There’s a lot of chatter in the game (especially from Bateman), but it never reaches the height of the insanity that it seems to be building up.
Wallen returns and performs Still Goin Down, before the night ends with a fun and sweet musical number by Mooney, in which he laments his fate as the “bite-kill” guy, that friend whose desperate attempts to prank his friends always makes things uncomfortable.
Thus concludes a solid, if intermediate, episode. There wasn’t much in the way of big laughs, but there was no absolute turkey. Bateman was a good host, especially in his ability to blend in and take advantage of the cast’s strengths.
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