FOr, for the second time this month, Saturday Night Live starts a new segment on Fox News by Judge Jeanine Pirro. Right-wing critic (Cecile Strong) calls his “fellow judge” Bruce Schroeder (Mickey Day), who defends his disgraceful handling of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, noting that he “did not give my client an unfair advantage in any way”; two NPR hosts, one white and angry (Chloe Feynman) over the ruling, the other black and unsurprised (Chris Reed); And finally, Donald Trump (James Austin Johnson).
The ex-boss goes on two free 60-second college editions (the second takes the form of a word search game), rambling about everything from female ghost hunters, Serena’s feud against Blair from Gossip Girl, Chris Christie (“We love him, he’s a cool guy, but you” You know what, we don’t like him so much, I think we hate him!”), Dua Lipa, Alban and others.
This cold openness, cemented by Trump Johnson, is less distracting than usual politics. The show clearly knows they have a winner with Trump Johnson, although it would be hard to justify including him on the biweekly show when the real Trump isn’t actually in any of the big headlines.
Tonight’s host is Simu Liu, star of Shang-Chi and Legend of the Ten Rings. He talks about how he got his big break the same way every Canadian does: “by asking politely.” He also tells a story about his pre-fame job playing a Spider-Man birthday party for spoiled kids and their “drinking day” parents, before declaring “I’m not Spider-Man, I’m Shang Chi’s bitch!”
Karaoke Recap is a show made up of highlights from a local karaoke bar, segmented as Bad Choice Awards, which include “Guy Who was Doing Great until the High Notes Came In” and “Woman Who’s been Over Served Singing Su Soopa Layla (Smooth Operator)” )”, and the Cringe Awards, which were handed out to the likes of “Financial Brothers Trying to Cover Up” and “Ginuwine Sung By Father and Daughter”. Like most character sketches, this one feels like an excuse to throw half-thoughts, it never earns more than a chuckle, and it takes way too long.
Target commercial Thanksgiving deals should be the millionth drawing about how hard it is to spend time with family members and guests, like pesky vegan friends, dirtbag cousins, diabolically active kids, and dirty cousins, but the show starts to turn things around with the next graphic, the stupid dog guy Impressive. The setup is as simple as it is silly: In an effort to build a new super soldier, the Pentagon has managed to fit the head (and neck) of a real dog — and really cool on the human body.
Republican or Not is a game show where contestants try to guess whether or not the guests are Republican. What should have been a walk in the park turned out to be deceptively difficult, as guest statements about hating cops, supporting Caitlyn Jenner, and in the case of “GOP Rachel Dolezal” Liz Cheney, being a registered Republican congresswoman, not to be mowed and dried . A clever infographic, but one that would have gone further in exploring the shadowy ideology at the heart of modern conservative politics.
A new music video from Pete Davidson and Big Wet — who collaborated earlier this season on a parody of the musical game Squid — sees them sing about their hometown of Staten Island, to the beat of director Mark Cohn’s song Walking In Memphis. In Walking in Staten, he extols the virtues of “the land of Colin Jost and the legendary Wu-Tang,” home of “lots of cops and tons of grain,” the ghost of Robbert Loggia and the strip clubs that used to be McDonald’s. Cohn himself engages in fun, as does Staten Island icon Method Man, who drops an absolute voice over for a guest verse (and gets two of the funniest lines). This is followed by the actual musical guest of the night, Saweetie, who performs singing Tap In.
One better-than-usual weekend update sees Colin Jost and Michael Che land some big laughs covering topics like Congressman Paul Gosar (“He’s a 60-year-old guy who makes his own cartoons. And when he heard he’s getting punished he might like, ‘Is she Nipple clamps? I just hope the octopus isn’t doing anything to me!”); New Lethal Weapon movie in development (“If you’d like to see a dismembered black man team up with a handsome racist, just watch this weekend’s update!”), Sale $34 million for a Frida Kahlo painting (“A price that certainly raised some eyebrows”), a new black Santa at Disney parks (“Unfortunately, as part of the Villains Parade”), and the Queen’s “New Healthy Stage” (“You Know What That Means – boobs” New! “).
Unfortunately, the guests for the segment—Baby Yoda (Kyle Mooney) and Mother Earth (Aidy Bryant)—make some of the weaker moments in the entire episode, with the latter being annoying and ending, and the other half-cooked idea of a very horrific tone it’s going for.
A new episode of Baking Championship showcases a host of culinary disasters, including a ballet-inspired horrible that tastes like mustard, a pair of screaming and vomit-conscious Thanksgiving cookies that are so bad that they “opened a portal to hell,” and a rocket ship cake. outside the penis. As always with these graphics, the props department owes fame to the nightmare fuel for the sweets they made.
Next, we got a digital short film starring Liu and Bowen Yang. The two eventually compete to be number one in their respective fields – Marvel’s first Asian superhero Leo, Yang the first entirely Chinese-American member of SNL – as well as a variety of mundane and ridiculous categories, such as the first Asian man to move out of Canada To America his name [Simu/Bowen], the first Asian man to blow up a dragon from the inside (although in Bowen’s case “that means something else”) and the first Asian man to make a Cher impression on NBC. The two have good chemistry together and that’s too bad in their one chance to show it off.
Saweetie returns with a twerky performance of Icy Chain, before concluding the show with a sketch of a group of college professors calling 911 after smoking a joint during a Friendsgiving dinner (they all think they’re dead). The older academics weren’t necessarily strangers to fate, but they weren’t prepared for the power of modern dynasties. As the angry emergency worker at Ego Nwodim said, “Older people should stop smoking the new cannabis.” It’s akin to relaxing that still feels somewhat rushed.
Overall, this was a very strong episode. There weren’t many high points, but there were also no real low points. You could tell that Leo was doing everything he could as a host, even if he didn’t have much to do. Still, it’s an improvement from last week’s episode and a good note to get out before the holiday break.