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  1. White Christmas

Paul Rudd is a white Madea. That is all.

3._ Bill Brasky_

Alongside Rudd and Taran Killam, Ferrell and Koechner—two SNL veterans themselves—returned at the end of the show to swap drunken stories over a legendary co-worker, Bill Brasky – a classic skit from the show’s late 90s era. And then in slips questionable facts about themselves, like Koechner saying out loud that he made love to a Kleenex box last night. And on that note…

Weekend Update

The jokes on the weekly faux-news show were okay this week, as Obamacare and Black Friday seemed to be Seth and Cecily’s main focus of humor. But once again, the slot was compensated by its guests and, for this week, Update pulled out its two new recurring stars: Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy (Vanessa Bayer) and Jebediah Atkinson (Taran Killam). Once again, Jacob nervously read aloud his pre-mediated remarks on Hanukkah, while Atkinson ripped apart undisputed classics; this time, the targets were the movies that define the Christmas season.

Musical Performance

Guys… it’s One Direction. No, but seriously, I’m not personally a fan of 1D, but I can admit that these guys, through their visible on-stage presence and harmony, are damn talented. And that should be respected. They played the hits “Story of My Life” and “Through the Dark,” and we can all be 99 percent sure at least two girls in the crowd fainted.

Conclusion

Wiig. Armisen. Ferrell. Carrell. Koechner. Rudd. 1D. Lorne Michaels pulled out the stars last night, possibly in a hope to raise ratings after Josh Hutcherson/Haim’s low performance two weeks ago (note: so far, Gaga has the highest this season). And, from what it seems, it totally worked.

Next Week: John Goodman and Kings of Leon.

_John Surico (@JohnSurico) is a GQ contributor. _

Saturday Night Live: Paul Rudd And One Direction

Check your watches! What year is it? Do you have a watch that says the date on it? Including the year? Go get one, I’ll wait! Okay, now set the time, including the date, and get back to me on what year it says on your brand new watch (you’re welcome)! Because this weekend Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Will Ferrell, and David Koechner were all on Saturday Night Live, and they brought back a recurring sketch last seen in 1998, which means, depending on when you looked at the TV, it could look like anytime between 1995 and earlier this year! What a confusing thing if you’ve been using a late night comedy show to tell the date, but what a treat if you watch it for the laughs, which I assume at least some of you do!

The cold open was great. It’s about The Sound of Music but then there’s a special surprise guest — look who it is! There’s singing and little doll hands and I mostly like this sketch and then surprise guest #2 really hits it out of the park, so great job all around on the cold open, you guys! What a show already.

I found the monologue to be equally enjoyable. The gist of it is that Paul Rudd is excited to, in his third time hosting SNL, finally not be overshadowed by the musical guest, until TWIST it’s One Direction, until TWISTx2 Paul Rudd has a boy band of his own and it’s everyone from Anchorman. (The whole cast!) (Just kidding, it’s just the leading men.) After some initial fighting, everyone joins together to sing “Afternoon Delight,” which is lovely. It’s one of the most magical parts of Anchorman and also of this episode, and you can watch it over here.

I think I speak for the whole Internet (kidding, I would never!) when I say that this next sketch really hit close to home. Paul Rudd as adult male 1D fangirl is very funny. Remember Paul Rudd in Clueless? I think he’s still pretty cute. Also, just wondering, does anyone know off the top of his/her head what the rules are for music licensing in an SNL sketch? Is it that it’s okay to go online if it’s a boy band singing? Or, like, if the sketch was really good? Or…?

The “Diner Divorce” sketch where Paul Rudd and Vanessa Bayer argue but feel better every time they hear Fleetwood Mac’s “I Don’t Want to Know” was very funny to me as well. This is partially because I like Fleetwood Mac but in a way where I think they’re funny, but also there are some good lines in this sketch like, “She’s not a gold-digger she’s a silver miner!” and, “His name’s not Duncan, it’s Dunkin’, like Dunkin’ Donuts, like you say Dunkin’ Donuts but then you stop,” or those are approximations of those lines; I’m paraphrasing because this sketch isn’t anywhere online (that I could find in several minutes of Google searching) since I guess no one else liked it. Woops!

Weekend Update brought back two of my favorite guests, the first being Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy, who had a lot of the same joke to say about the XBOX 360, and then shed some tears about Seth leaving soon. It’s so sad he (Seth) is leaving! I mean, not really, because he’s getting his very own show, but still, you know? We can still be sad.

Also joining Seth was Taran Killam’s Jebediah Atkinson. This time the 1860s newspaper critic reviewed some Christmas specials including A Charlie Brown Christmas. It was really soon to bring back this character who just debuted three weeks ago, and I don’t think it was quite as good as last time, but Taran Killam really gets into this character and had some good lines here, so I could watch a few more of these.

After Update there was a sketch about Michelangelo that was mostly jokes about tiny dicks, real mature you guys, and otherwise nothing special but I’m sharing it because I like Jay Pharoah going, “Man, kill yourself!” a bunch of times in it. Bring him on as a recurring character, just kidding, absolutely do NOT do that.

The “White Christmas” sketch was probably hit or miss I guess? It touched on all the “black movie” tropes but with white people, which mostly made me uncomfortable, but “The Macklemore of movies” was very, very funny. 96% miss and 4% hit, for me at least.

Also hit or miss was the final sketch of the night, “Bill Brasky,” which I think in general people loved if they were fans of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay-era SNL and so were familiar with this recurring sketch from the nineties, but if you weren’t in on that, then you kind of just chuckled to yourself? Or I don’t know.

There was also a handful of other sketches in this episode– a skinny Santa sketch that, no offense, but , umm an Al Sharpton sketch in which Kenan couldn’t read right but everything else about the sketch was pretty bad, and then a sketch where Cecily Strong remembers past lovers.

One Direction’s performances were both great. Some of the boys stared straight into the camera and it felt like they were making real eye contact with me and only me! I read somewhere (on the Internet) that people who don’t like One Direction are taking them more seriously now that they saw a performance with a banjo in it, which is ridiculous because the banjo is inherently a very silly instrument, you guys.

Why Harry Styles Might be the Most Loved ‘Saturday Night Live’ Host Ever

Musician/actor Harry Styles performs at the 2018 MusiCares Person Of The Year gala at Radio City … Music Hall in New York on January 26, 2018. The 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year award was presented to Fleetwood Mac at the 28th annual MusiCares Gala Tribute dinner and concert ahead of Sunday’s 60th GRAMMY Awards, marking the first time the benefit has honored a band. Proceeds from the event go towards MusiCares. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Constantly working with the biggest names in showbiz week after week, the Saturday Night Live cast could easily grow jaded. But a recent host clearly had them all under his spell — and it was just his inaugural visit. Plus he’s not even a comedian.

Former teen heartthrob-turned-everyone’s favorite man crush Harry Styles impressed longtime cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show when he did double duty as host and musical guest on the November 16 episode.

While the One Direction graduate had appeared in comedy sketches during his band’s three visits as the show’s musical guest in 2012, 2013 and 2014 — he was essentially new to comedy. But his turn as Mick Jagger in a “Celebrity Family Feud” sketch in April 2017 when he was the solo musical guest gave a sneak peek of his hidden comic talent.

Unlike recent hosts from the comedy world — like Will Ferrell, Seth Meyers, Steve Carell, Adam Sandler, Paul Rudd and John Mulaney — who so naturally step into the role from the very first word of their monologues, this was all new ground for Styles… yet he managed to impress audiences with his timing and expressions, teasing that his former bandmates might be there and by poking fun at SNL for being “not good anymore.” (His guest stint doing James Corden’s monologue in May 2017 surely gave him some practice).

While the SNL cast often take to social media after their experiences, the degree they poured their feelings out for the 25-year-old performer seemed to be on another level.

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Strong Called Styles “Beautiful and Talented”

Hours before the show even filmed, repertory player Chris Redd tweeted: “@Harry_Styles is on @nbcsnl tonight and you should watch it because he’s been dope all week.”

Perhaps the most heartfelt message came from Cecily Strong who was still on a Styles high, posting: “Whoah so many favorite moments. Number one @harrystyles is from another planet where the most beautiful and talented beings exist. He is magical and I think it’s safe to say we were all enchanted and delighted and he should host so much more because he’s very good at this!”

And the veteran comedienne, who has been on the show since 2012, didn’t just praise the former boy bander for his knack for comedy — and very existence — she also complimented his music, adding: “And Watermelon Sugar is sexy as hell okray?!?”

Her enthusiasm was contagious, with Heidi Gardner following suit. “In the spirit of an @cecilystrong sweet post, I’m inspired to do one myself,” she started and went on to explain the backstory behind the “Childbirth Class,” in which she costarred with Styles as an Icelandic couple.

“I wrote a sketch this week inspired by a cool Norwegian couple I saw @chachamatcha. They were decked out in whites and creams,” the 36-year-old cast member, who joined in 2017, wrote on Instagram. “And I just imagined how happy and fun their life must be. So here’s my weird reimagining of those fateful two. I’m so lucky I got to perform it with my amazingly talented and kind friends, @eggyboom @aidybryant @mikeyfuntime @chrisreddis @melissavcomedy and a host who was so immediately down and hilarious @harrystyles He killed it last night and brought a lot of light to SNL.”

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Social Media Lovefest

And Redd wasn’t done either. After the episode, he went on to post on Instagram about the sketch “That’s the Game” that he appeared in with Styles — also talking about its backstory and the role Styles played.

“Man, it’s hard to really express in full how much fun this week was. Every time I get up with @streeterseidell and @mikeyfuntime we make a fun piece I wish was a movie. Do me and @kenanthompson want to make a comedy “New Jack City” ?! Uh, yeah bruh!!! @doronmaxhagay directed the hell out of this joint,” he started off before going on to praise Styles. “@harrystyles was fantastic and down for even the wildest of ideas and that type of energy is appreciated throughout that building.”

And they weren’t the only ones sharing their posts of Styles adoration. Aidy Bryant shared a still from “Joan Song” where he played a real-life version of her character’s dog, errr, boyfriend Doug, posting on Instagram “I love you, doug. ( @harrystyles),” while Kyle Mooney posted, “check out our cut for time video ‘jason’ featuring @Harry_Styles” and SNL newcomer Bowen Yang, who starred as an employee at Sara Lee where Styles’ character was interning tweeted, “Me and prodigal son @juliothesquare made Mz. @Harry_Styles say queer nonsense. Very very very sorry to everyone at @SaraLeeDesserts.”

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Record-Setting Styles

The cast members weren’t the only ones praising Styles. While Will Ferrell’s November 23 episode posted season highs, Styles’ broke records online — with 18.4 million views from Saturday to Monday, making it the most viewed episode since the premiere episode in September — with his “Watermelon Sugar” performance, monologue and three other sketches earning more than one million views each.

Harry Styles Shouts Out All the One Direction Lads But One in ‘SNL’ Opening Monologue: Watch

Harry Styles immediately cracked a few jokes at his expense the second he hit the Saturday Night Live stage as the show’s host — and he managed to deliver a One Direction punchline right off the bat.

On Saturday night (Nov. 16), Styles bounded onto the Studio 8H stage to deliver the opening monologue and started riffing on what he knows best: music.

“I’m a very serious musician, and nothing says serious musician like talking while playing the piano,” he said before strolling over to the instrument and taking a seat. Styles embraced his inner lounge lizard and smirked through a couple of jokes (“You know, in Britain we play piano on the other side of the road”) before rolling through his past achievements.

That #HarryOnSNL feeling — pic.twitter.com/WFKXw3uioS

— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) November 17, 2019

The audience nervously laughed in his dramatic pause before Styles opted to name-check a Beatle instead of Zayn Malik, who left the group a year before One Direction went on hiatus in 2016.

This is hardly a surprise for Directioners, as Styles and Malik haven’t exactly been the best of friends. In a 2017 interview, Malik explained that they weren’t close, even when they were sharing a stage together: “To be honest, I never really spoke to Harry even when I was in the band… So I didn’t really expect that much of a relationship with him when I left. And I haven’t , to be honest.”

Styles wrapped the bit with a good-natured jab at their former X Factor mentor as well: “I’m just so grateful Simon Cowell grew us in those test tubes.”

Watch Styles’ opening monologue on SNL below.

Harry Styles is a glamour-puss for the zeitgeist: a man who gleefully mines the sartorial glory days of rock ‘n roll with his eyes firmly fixed on the future. That’s the story his clothing told this past weekend on Saturday Night Live, anyway, where he was both host and musical guest, electrically likeable and as funny anyone who’s actually in the show’s cast. As Styles joked in his opening monologue, where he played monologuing chanteur at the piano: “Everyone thinks the cast does a lot of cocaine. They don’t. That’s why the show’s not good anymore.” The ’60s, the ’70s, and a droll treatment of the doldrums of the 2010s, all in one moment. Rare is the person who “everyone”—whatever that means now—might “fall in love with,” but Styles still manages to do that nearly obsolete thing the best celebrities do: charm us, and look great doing it. That’s the Styles Style.

On Saturday, there was also Styles’s…style: in short, he wore the hell out of a handful of outfits, and in the process laid out nothing less than where fashion is heading. As the apocalypse winds down a banner decade, everyone is looking back on changes and paradigm shifts, sharing photos of ourselves ten years ago with bad hair and this year with less bad hair. But it’s also worth wondering—and possibly less depressing to do so—what the next decade in fashion will look like. Styles represents precisely that, as his SNL night of a thousand big fits demonstrated: creative, a mix of brands big and small, and elegant. It’s a new era in which getting dressed—and really living in the clothes—is more vital a part of self-expression than it’s ever been before.

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Styles mixes big dog designers with the up-and-comers, foretelling an interest not in mixing not high and low, but huge and little. He’s long been a Gucci guy, clutching farm animals in their tailoring campaigns since spring 2018, and co-chairing this year’s Met Gala with creative director Alessandro Michele. (Styles wore a tulle-bodice jumpsuit and a single dangly earring.) But if that kind of big brand contract used to mean you wore one designer and nothing else, Styles plays a little bit faster and looser, wearing a Marni shirt, or that Lanvin sheep-print sweater vest, with his Gucci trousers—two brands with new, young designers still establishing their vision, paired with a billion-dollar brand. This doesn’t sound particularly revolutionary, but it is a slight kind of liberty (or even rebellion) that makes him look less like a guy who’s been plugged into the fashion world and more like someone who just loves clothes. Maybe it’s that people are getting cynical about the sameness that those big brand contracts involve, or maybe it’s just that designers are getting more comfortable with—or realistic about—their brands being seen as a part of a wardrobe.

Harry Styles took over Saturday Night Live as the One Direction singer popped up in multiple sketches while also serving as musical guest.

In one sketch, “Celebrity Family Feud: Time Travel Edition,” Styles was called upon to play a young Mick Jagger, with Styles hilariously embellishing the Rolling Stones singer’s trademark mannerisms.

When Kenan Thompson’s Steve Harvey complimented Jagger’s solo output, the singer responded, “Solo? Why would anyone in a successful band go solo? That is insane,” a nod to the (temporary?) dissolution of Styles’ One Direction.

The “Celebrity Family Feud” bit was one of three sketches that the singer and burgeoning actor appeared in as Styles planted the seeds for a potential SNL hosting/musical guest double duty spot in the not-too-distant future.

Styles also made a cameo during Jimmy Fallon’s David Bowie-inspired opening monologue, then reappeared again during the a musical sketch about Civil War soldiers around a campfire:

On top of all the sketch appearances, Styles also debuted a new acoustic number titled “Ever Since New York,” a track off his upcoming self-titled solo LP:

Styles also delivered an impassioned rendition of “Sign of the Times,” the first single off Harry Styles, due out May 12th.

The hype around Harry Styles’ appearance on Saturday Night Live was all about his new music – but it should have been about his Mick Jagger impression.

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Granted, the new music he performed – including number one track Sign Of The Times and previously unheard track Ever Since New York – was pretty awesome, but he really pulled it out of the bag when it came to impersonating the rock legend.

During a skit called Celebrity Family Feud: Time Travel Edition, Harry took on the role of the Rolling Stones rocker – someone he has often been compared to – with hilarious results.

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Sporting Mick’s wavy should-length hair, a sleek cream suit and his trademark exaggerated mouth, Harry

He even had his mannerisms down to a fine art, with that tongue popping out on more than one occasion.

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But it wasn’t just his uncanny resemblance that raised a laugh on the US TV show, as Harry also poked fun at his own solo career.

Harry Styles threw himself into his impersonation of Mick Jagger (Picture: YouTube/Saturday Night Live)

Harry left One Direction behind last year as the boys – Harry, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson – decided to go on a break to pursue their solo careers.

And it was Harry’s turn to release music last week, with his debut solo track Sign Of The Times going straight to number one.

During the skit, when asked about Mick’s solo music, Harry – as Mick – replied: ‘Solo, why would anyone in a successful band go solo? That is insane,’ poking fun at both Mick’s solo venture, as well as his own.

Jagger released solo music back in 1985, 23 years after The Rolling Stones shot to fame.

Continuing the banter, Harry was later asked what keeps him awake at night, and he replied: ‘If I’m up at night it’s because I’ve got a little company, you know, a little hanky panky!’.

Other celebs involved in the ’70s skit – which saw them playing against current stars in a game show setting – included SNL host Jimmy Fallon as John Travolta, Cecily Strong as Liza Minnelli, Kate McKinnon as Kristen Stewart, Melissa Villasenor as Gwen Stefani and Kenan Thompson as Steve Harvey.

Harry was on Saturday Night Live, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, to show off his debut solo work.

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But as well as Harry being the musical guest on the night, what was special about this installment of Saturday Night Live was that it was the first time it had aired live at the same time from coast to coast.

Harry Styles as Jagger during Jimmy Fallon’s skit of David Bowie’s Let’s Dance:

Harry Styles performing Sign Of The Times:

Harry Styles performs Tell Me Something.

SNL continues next week on NBC.

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Saturday Night Live recap: Harry Styles turns the lights up as host and musical guest

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Welcome back to SNL in Review, fellow Coneheads! Season 45 rumbles on with tonight’s episode, hosted by another multihyphenate talent pulling double duty, Harry Styles. Because time is a flat circle, Styles is the latest pop superstar to be embraced by the show. Previously, he performed with One Direction in 2012, 2013, and 2014, popping up in various sketches alongside his groupmates.

In 2012, they played the children of Sofia Vergara in “The Manuel Ortiz Show.” In 2013, they performed “Afternoon Delight” with the cast of Anchorman during Paul Rudd’s opening monologue, then appeared in the Concert Line pre-tape. And in 2014, the group participated in Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong’s “Girlfriends Talk Show.” Styles later performed solo on April 15, 2017, hosted by Jimmy Fallon. Here’s his role in that episode’s Civil War sketch.

He’s also shown his dramatic acting chops, bringing a nefarious Mick Jagger-esque edge to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. (The Jagger comparison is apt, given Styles previously played the Rolling Stones frontman in a Celebrity Family Feud-inspired sketch on SNL.) But tonight’s hosting gig will surely be less informed by Jagger, and be more akin to when Justin Timberlake — another boy band leading man who shifted into solo projects/films — first hosted.

🚨 @Harry_Styles 🚨#HarryOnSNL pic.twitter.com/aqIHdn7ilM

— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) November 17, 2019

Style’s latest album, Fine Line, will be released next month. Given his passionate stans — who’ve apparently been attempting to line up outside 30 Rock all week — this may be the most popular SNL since at least BTS performed. The question is: Will he become another Timberlake, the latest in the proud tradition of pop princes hosting SNL… or — gulp — Bieber?

I’m joined tonight by former cast member Jeff Richards. Jeff was on SNL back in 2003 when Justin Timberlake made his hosting debut. “Justin was so natural on the show. He’d acted like he’d been there before,” he says, reflecting on Timberlake’s seamless transition to sketch comedy. “I just remember how naturally confident he was from the Monday meeting. No one ever worried about him.”

You don’t need to read tea leaves to know the odds are high for tonight’s cold open to focus on the recent public impeachment hearings. On a probability scale of 1 to 100, Jeff Richards says: “100.”

So let’s see if Bill Hader returns as the angry, craven Jim Jordan, shall we?

Cold Open

Sure enough, we launch into the impeachment hearings. Tapping into the public’s indifference, their spin is to make the hearings a real-time political soap opera. “Necessary to get people’s attention.”

Not a lot of laughs so far. Interestingly, they brought in Jon Hamm as Bill Taylor, but no Hader as Jim Jordan. Mikey Day gets the role this time. Kate McKinnon returns as Giulani, and Beck Bennett is back as the calculating, turtle-like Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. Birthday boy Pete Davidson pops up as Michael “Avocado.” (He attempts to make the joke be how he, a professional comic, doesn’t know who he’s impersonating. Premise does not really carry over.)

It’s possible the studio audience is not familiar enough with the impeachment players here to find it funny. The only real laughs are from seeing Heidi Gardner fall down. This goes on for awhile. But hey, at least Melissa Villaseñor brings back her AOC — and gets to kiss Jon Hamm!

Monologue

Styles delivers his monologue with slow, steady monotone. Perhaps nervous? But listening to the cheers Style elicits from the crowd really sells the moment this guy’s having. And also: It’s a reminder how much SNL cultivates a tween audience. OK boomer 🙂

He makes a few millennial jokes, and acknowledges doubts about his musicianship. He even jokes about his former One Direction mates showing up. He lands one joke, though: “Everyone thinks everyone here does cocaine. They don’t! That’s why the show’s no good anymore!” Beat. “EXCEPT TONIGHT!”

This is low-key, low stakes, and muted.

Some of you little Coneheads may remember that Timberlake’s debut hosting gig featured the first-ever “Barry Gibbs Talk Show.” Jeff Richards appeared as Al Franken. Richards says, “I think Higgins came up with it with Jimmy , but not positive. It did great at the read-through. Everyone loved how silly it was.”

Lunch Run

Styles plays Rob, a new intern at an office who recommends picking up a bunch of the new Popeye’s chicken sandwiches for lunch. This sends huge alarm bells for his black co-workers (Ego Nwodim and Kenan Thompson). SNL’s skits on race relations continue to do well.

“There’s not many things in this country where our people get first dibs,” Thompson says. “But the Popeye’s chicken sandwich is one of them.”

Joan Song

So, tonight seems to be aiming for amusing moments over big laughs. This song — about a cute woman, played by Aidy Bryant, and her dog, Doug — starts out sweet-natured and simple, until the major reveal: Joan is imagining her dog is actually Harry Styles. I especially love Style’s confession that he’s eaten underwear causing an expensive blockage in his intestine. This season is very preoccupied with dogs, isn’t it?

Childbirth Class

Styles and Gardner play a pregnant couple from Iceland, in the U.S. on lip-synching visas. Groomed on Instagram lingo, they unsettle the other couples (Ego Nwodim and Chris Redd, Mikey Day and Melissa Villaseñor), as well as the teacher (Aidy Bryant). It’s silly — a good chance to watch Styles goof off.

Airline Pilots

Harry Styles and Mikey Day are co-pilots heading to San Francisco. They begin dirty-talking about Scooby-Doo, not realizing they’ve left their intercoms on. They continue to put their feet in their mouths, as the passengers grow increasingly alarmed. Day has the pilot’s cadence down. Also worth noting: Bryant and McKinnon are again partnered together — we don’t seem them working off Strong nearly as often. “Howwwwww-dy, folks!”

ANOTHER DOG SPOTTED, WHAT IS HAPPENING.

That’s The Game

Chris Redd and Kenan Thompson are rival drug dealers. Redd is pushing Thompson out, with one mistake: He has no clue who to sell to, or how to reach them. It’s a great showcase for Redd, who is at his best when he’s being comically intense. “Or maybe he’s in!” he snarls, realizing he’s way over his head. “DEAL!”

Harry Styles — “Lights Up”

Styles sings “Lights Up,” the first single off his upcoming sophomore solo album. Backed by a guitar, horn, and small chorus, it’s a simple, pleasant performance. Styles, interestingly, is dressed like one of the Osmonds.

It’s kind of wild tonight marks the fifth time Styles has performed on SNL. Feels like a lot for someone who is only 25!

Weekend Update

Our heroes Jost and Che lay into impeachment. The studio audience sounds asleep. Maybe it’s a mistake to wait outside in 30-degree weather for days — dampens the laughter. They don’t even applaud when Che requests they back him up on his claim Hitler would prefer being friends with Jost over Stephen Miller. (Che cops to not watching the hearings, by the way. It’s like SNL wants it both ways — mock people’s indifference to Trump’s behavior, while also embodying the same indifference. Like Davidson claiming to not know how to pronounce Avenatti in the cold open. Some tension there.)

Kate McKinnon shows up again as messed-up baby Jeff Sessions, who recently announced he is running for Senate again. Sessions’ plea for Trump’s love, and Alabama’s support for his candidacy, seems to win people over. “I’ll bend over backwards for you Alabama, and bend over forwards for Donald Trump,” McKinnon-as-Sessions says. “I’ll go to bat for Alabama, and go to third base for Trump.”

Afterward, Kyle Mooney comes on to give commentary as Scooter Rineholdt, advocating for dairy milk. Asked by Che about non-dairy milk alternatives, he hollers, “I’d rather drink my own piss!” before dousing himself in milk.

The segment ends with a silent tribute to Rick Ludwin, the late-night executive who championed SNL for years. (And helped launch Seinfeld.) A true legend. This is a classy move.

Sara Lee

What a faux pas! This sketch gives me professional anxiety. Styles plays a social media account executive who has screwed up at work. He’s been posting under Sara Lee’s IG account instead of his own. His obsessions include Nick Jonas — a nice in-joke — and “fashion twink”… a.k.a. Julio Torres! Styles does well, and this is a fun sketch for Cecily Strong and Bowen Yang.

This is also like an inversion of the Ken Instagram conceit from a little bit ago.

Baby Faye and Her Newsboys

An aged child star played by Cecily Strong is joined by Styles, Beck Bennett, and Mikey Day as her News Guys. At 45, Baby Faye comes out and nearly performs a split — major Molly Shannon vibes here, guys! The New Guys’ intro does her no favors, and soon she’s joined on stage by a deranged Aidy Bryant as her mother. This has a bizarre Baby Jane vibe to it, I’m here for it. When modern SNL gets strange, they may lose the audience, but they earn my love!

Harry Styles — “Watermelon Sugar”

Introduced by Jon Hamm, Styles — decked out in all red — performs “Watermelon Sugar,” the second song off Fine Line. This is a funky track, and reveals a more mature side to Styles as a performer, though I suspect it’s likely about drugs.

Funeral DJs

Styles and Chris Redd come out as an LMFAO-style duo paying tribute to a recently departed grandmother at her funeral. Their EDM halts with interjections of “Say Something,” ”Everybody Hurts,” and that Sarah McLachlan song, “Angel.” The family, naturally, is not thrilled. Styles eventually gets in his underwear, which the crowd seems to enjoy!

This reminds me of when Kenny Powers interrupted Shane Dog’s funeral during season 3 of Eastbound & Down.

Final Thoughts

Thank you, @Harry_Styles and Jon Hamm! GOODNIGHT! 🍉 #HarryOnSNL pic.twitter.com/u88cUVzdKA

— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) November 17, 2019

There you have it! A slight, not especially inspired SNL that seemed to find a bit of momentum late in the episode. Styles was solid, but lacked any breakout moments like Timberlake once did. He distinguished himself more than Nick Lachey, I’ll give him that.

— Want more Jeff Richards impersonating SNL alumni? Check out his Collider deepfake roundtable where he plays Robert Downey Jr. It’s hilarious.

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The original late-night comedy sketch show from the one and only Lorne Michaels.

type
  • TV Show
seasons
  • 45
Rating
  • TV-14
Genre
  • Comedy
Airs
  • Saturdays at 11:30pm
Premiere
  • 10/11/75
creator
  • Lorne Michaels
Performers
  • Kenan Thompson,
  • Kate McKinnon,
  • Pete Davidson,
  • Aidy Bryant,
  • Beck Bennett,
  • Michael Che,
  • Colin Jost,
  • Cecily Strong,
  • Kyle Mooney,
  • Melissa Villaseñor
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  • NBC
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  • Saturday Night Live
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This season on SNL, it was harder than usual to pinpoint the best sketches. It’s not that it was that bad — if anything, I think it’s a bit more consistent than last year. No, it just felt like a lot of sketches were really average. The premises would be strong and the execution would be there, but overall, there was a flatness. Many sketches didn’t feel like they found laughs beyond the initial concept. So, when making this list, I tried to find sketches that, well, did. Here are the best sketches from Saturday Night Live season 43.

10. “Welcome to Hell”

When it aired, “Welcome to Hell,” which was written by Anna Drezen, Sudi Green, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Cecily Strong, was properly lauded for responding with heavy condescension to a specific brand of aww-shucks incredulousness that some men employed when hearing about how widespread sexual misconduct is in our society. But in the months since, I find myself watching it over and over again — partly because the song is so damn catchy, but mostly because all the performances are so specific and funny. They all have their own special way of walking the line of ironic and committed. It’s the show’s best political sketch of the year.

9. “New Wife”

There was more breaking than normal this season. Essentially, in every episode, at least one person broke. And it’s a bit of a bummer. SNL, though it always had an amount of it, was created to be the response to the mugging of the previous generation of sketch comedy. That said, this sketch brings me so much joy that I not only don’t mind Larry David not being able to keep it together, I love it. It’s just such a big, silly swing of a sketch. Also, I do think it somewhat works in the world of the sketch, in that here is an older man, newly exposed to gay club culture and a lot of terms he never heard before, let alone said, played by an older man who is essentially in the same situation by being in the sketch.

One more thing: Cecily Strong. She is a G.D. revelation in this sketch, which she also co-wrote with James Anderson and Julio Torres. Along with Kenan Thompson (who should be nominated for an Emmy this year), Strong was the MVP of the season for me. She can do big characters like this, but, as you’ll see throughout the list, she’s an all-time great at getting laughs while playing the straight man. She is in eight of the top ten sketches, three of which she co-wrote. This isn’t a coincidence.

8. “Barbie Instagram”

Not the most dynamic sketch on the list. No one moves, and nothing really happens to the characters. That said, the script is so tight, and the performances are so good. Structurally, essentially once the premise starts, it’s all laugh lines. And then it gets heightened that much more with each performer executing such hilarious, perfect choices. Future Emmy nominee (if there is any justice in this world) Kenan Thompson’s character in particular feels well-drawn. In total, you get a sketch that is deeply weird but really grounded, super dark but really silly. It feels like a perfect middle point of its two writers, James Anderson and Julio Torres.

7. “Friendos”

Outside the political cold opens and “Weekend Update,” there weren’t a lot of impressions this season. Which is a bit weird when you think of the history of the show. Take “Friendos,” which in another world could’ve been “Migos Goes to Therapy.” Written by Chris Redd, Gary Richardson, and Will Stephen, the sketch forgoes direct impressions, instead using the vocabulary of Migos’ aesthetic to get to something more interesting and ridiculous. And the acting! Everything Kenan, who should be nominated for an Emmy this year, does is so funny, but in particular I’m obsessed with his line readings when he says “I guess I just assume y’all like pity me, like y’all don’t really want me around” and Donald Glover responds “Naaah, you’re funny.” Speaking of funny, this sketch is funny.

6. “Sitcom Reboot”

“Sitcom Reboot” was a sketch John Mulaney wrote with Marika Sawyer and Simon Rich many years ago when they were working together on the show. It never got past the table read. When Mulaney was asked to host, he told me in a recent episode of my podcast, they realized they could add some intro about sitcom reboots to make it seem topical enough to get on air. And it worked! The dark observation about body-switching movies is funny enough, but how it escalates as we learn more about this terrible, terrible man is what makes it once of the best sketches of the year. The influences list, the bit about not doing the voice but then doing the voice, the fact that he stared at her with no expression while the clips play, the line about who played the little boy: This thing is packed with great jokes.

5. “Natalie’s Rap 2”

Revisiting sketches and characters, as SNL is known for doing, is sometimes frustrating to watch. You can feel the writers wanting to improve on the previous installment and then see them inevitably fall short. The Lonely Island, however, has a decent track record of being able to revisit and improve. (When the SNL staff ranked their favorite Digital Short, they chose a sequel.) Which is to say “Natalie’s Rap 2” is so much better than the original. And it’s better because, as I wrote about before Popstar, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone have gotten better at making it clearer that what should be funny isn’t the disconnect of who is rapping but what they are saying. Unlike the first one, where hypothetically it’s supposed to be funny just seeing Natalie Portman rap incredibly dirty and aggressive lines, the sequel has jokes and actual subversion of how certain things are discussed in shallow junket interviews. And then the prequels part: Brava! Unlike what I complained about in the intro, they were able to find laughs beyond just having a funny-enough premise.

4. “Diner Lobster”

Sometimes John Mulaney can’t get over things. If you look close enough, there are observations that will cut in and out of a lot of his work. The fact that there are diners that serve lobster was one such observation. Years ago when he was writer at SNL, he and Colin Jost tried to write a sketch about it, then it appeared as a joke in Oh, Hello on Broadway. But it wasn’t enough! When given a chance to host SNL, Mulaney tried to get “Diner Lobster” on air, and like “Switcheroo,” it worked! What a big, stupid sketch this is. Just every little detail is so big and stupid. The daughter is named Clawsette, for God’s sake. The sketch has that “let’s put on a show” feeling that is good for SNL to have, especially right now when there are people taking it so seriously. Oh, you want the show to save the republic? It won’t. But here’s a lobster with a beard singing Les Mis. Thompson should be nominated for an Emmy for this sketch and other things he did this year.

3. “Papyrus”

From what I heard, when Ryan Gosling came in Monday night to hear ideas from the writers, he specifically wanted to meet and work with Julio Torres. And boy did he get a Julio Torres sketch — melodramatic, based on a minute observation about design, and meticulous in the specificity of its pop-culture parody. Yes, it’s a ridiculously small observation to build a sketch around, but what makes it work is how well it plays with tropes of a type of cerebral indie suspense thriller that you didn’t realize was a type of movie until they aped it so perfectly. I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating: It is incredibly rare for a writer at SNL to be this recognizable just based on the tone of the piece. Add “Papyrus” to the Julio Torres best-of.

2. “Family Dinner”

Escalation is sort of sketch-writing 101. You establish what is supposed to be funny and then you try to heighten the intensity, absurdity, stupidity, and/or criticism as the sketch continues. This sketch, written by Steven Castillo and Will Stephen, starts off pleasant enough, but once the game is established it’s a crescendo, building to two glasses of water being thrown in someone’s face. There were many strong hosts this season, but few felt like they elevated material like Sterling K. Brown. It’s easier to be crazy when you play a person that never actually would exist in the real world, but Brown was able to push seemingly everyday folks to the absurd. Praise, Shrek.

1. “’80s Music Video”

Especially because the show is filmed in front of a live audience, SNL sketches tend to get to the point really quickly; the twist happens in the first 45 seconds and then the rest of the sketch explores it. “Sitcom Reboot” is a pretty clear example of this. There aren’t any rules about these things, just orthodoxies. Sometimes a sketch will build to a big twist in the middle — for example, if the twist is super surprising (like “Farewell Mr. Bunting”). The problem, however, is then you have half of a sketch (the first half!) that is completely laugh-less. “’80s Music Video,” written by Cecily Strong with James Anderson and Kent Sublette, doesn’t have that problem. The first half is filled with so many weird, funny details, and then, in the second half, after you learn he has the wrong woman, the recontextualization of those details is funny in a completely different way. As a result, there are just so many different things to enjoy about the sketch. Not to mention, when you learn it’s based on a real video, there is an added level. It’s ambitious, but the ambition only accentuates the jokes. It’s the best sketch of the season. And all three performers deserve to be nominated for an Emmy. Not just for this sketch — the Emmys doesn’t do that — you know, just generally. Especially Kenan Thompson, who, if you haven’t heard, I think really deserves to be nominated for an Emmy this year.

Honorable Mention: “Chantrix,” “Za,” “Black Jeopardy,” “Tournament Fighter,” “Science Show,” “Rap History,” “St. Patrick’s Day,” “My Little Step Children,” “The Race,” “The Dolphin Who Learned to Speak,” “Customer Service.”

SNL’s Take On Kids Holiday Clothing Is What Every Parent Is Thinking

Like many clever SNL skits, you don’t even know it’s not an actual commercial until you’re 20 seconds in. All of a sudden you see actors you recognize, the script takes a sinister turn, and you realize the iconic Saturday night TV show has done it again.

This time it’s a spoof on a Macy’s ad, complete with “men’s blazers for $49.99, cashmere tops for her from $79.99, and for your little ones, Macy’s has the festive fashions that will have them saying, ‘It’s too hooooottttt!’ and, ‘It itches!’” (and just generally cry because they’re toddlers and you tried putting them in vests and khakis).

Perfection. Just watch:

You know it’s not Christmas until Macy’s offers “25% off of boys’ Merino wool sweaters that won’t fit over his head” and “40% off cozy corduroys that will pinch his little nuts.”

Parents everywhere spit their coffee (or wine) as this could not be more true. We all feel pressure to dress our families up on holidays, knowing full well that our kids who already melt down over who gets the green bowl on regular Tuesdays when wearing comfortable sweats and leggings are definitely not going to tolerate sweater tights or wool around their necks. (Even if their outfit has cute candy canes dancing on it.)

But HOW CUTE ARE THEY? we say, as we quickly snap pics before the toddler smears chocolate on her sparkly white dress and the baby has a blow-out through his reindeer onesie.

Macy’s thankfully also offers “1/2 off all hard, shiny shoes that hurt” (to which our fave SNL actress Kate McKinnon says, “Welcome to being a woman, Kylie”), everyday savings on “mittens they’ll lose” and “shirts with the wrong Frozen princess” (sorry Anna).

Probably the most real “sale” that fake Macy’s offers is the romper “she’ll never get off in time.” Because every parent knows that super awesome feeling of dressing their kid up in something adorable and IG-worthy that Grandma will gush over, only to have her pee through it because it has actual, real buttons that take no less than 16 minutes to undo each time.

So hashtag blessed.

Macy’s has our back though, offering everything that makes our kids uncomfortable (and therefore miserable), including “sweaters that make them hot, flannels that make them hot, and scarves that make them hot,” because nothing is better than an over-stimulated, over-sugared child who is also sweating, and has a scratchy tag, amirite?”

Also at a discount are enormous coats that don’t fit in the car seat straps and make us say un-Jesusy words on Christmas as well as boots that are “so hard to put on they’ll strain your marriage.”

So very merry!

And in typical SNL parenting skit fashion, the cast closes out this hilarity with our favorite “Enjoy it because you’ll miss this someday” message by telling all parents who’ve functioned on 3 hours of sleep every night since November and drained their bank account to buy 900 LOL dolls to “suck it up” and “head on down to Macy’s.”

And you know what? We probably will.

Because even though the money we spent on festive flannels and shiny little girl shoes is a total waste, it makes you happy to turn your feral orangutan children into well-polished humanoids for a day. (Or an hour. Or like 11 minutes.) I mean, how else will you prove to Brenda from the PTO your family sort of has their you-know-what together?

Happy holidays and happy shopping! (We think the snowflake cardigans are going to be a big hit with 3-year-old boys this year!)

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‘Saturday Night Live’ created a faux Macy’s ad that sums up the itchy, hot, ill-fitting headache that is kid’s winterwear

Saturday Night Live has nailed some pretty key parenting woes in the past. From the actual nightmare that is picking apples with your kids to their Best Christmas Ever skit that 100 percent of parents can relate to, the show manages to make us laugh at ourselves on the regular. This Saturday’s show was no exception, highlighting the sheer joy hell that is dressing your kid during the winter.

The skit starts out innocently enough as a Macy’s ad showing some pretty sweet deals for men’s blazers and women’s cashmere sweaters. Then they get to the kid’s clothing and that’s when shit gets real. “For your little ones, Macy’s has the festive fashion that’ll have them saying…..’It’s too hooooooooot,’” as one little girl pulls at her turtleneck. Here we go.

Another little boy screams, “it itches,” as a baby just sits and cries, his Christmas sweater vest pulled halfway off. “We’re offering 25% off boy’s merino wool sweaters that won’t fit over his head,” the ad continues as a tired dad wrestles to get one over his son’s head, whispering through gritted teeth, “If you just stop squirming.” We’ve all been there.

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The faux Macy’s in the ad also offers 40 percent off boy’s corduroy pants that will “pinch his little nuts,” which is the most accurate description of corduroy pants I’ve ever heard in my life. Don’t worry, they didn’t forget about the girls. They are practically giving away “hard, shiny shoes that hurt” and holiday rompers that “she’ll never get off in time.”

They’re also selling kid’s coats so big and thick “they won’t fit into their car seat anymore.” We see you.

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There’s nothing worse than trying to get your kid to dress up for the holidays — and who can really blame them? The clothes are tight, wool, and even though it’s cold outside, the car and house manages to heat up 900 degrees leaving you both sweating bullets before you’ve even left the house.

Let’s not forget about the snow boats. Thankfully, the department store is offering 10 percent off “because they are so hard to get on they’ll strain your marriage.” Cue the passive-aggressive fighting in front of the children that’s impossible to avoid. It’s like they have a camera in our homes.

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Throw in some baby onesies with All Of The Buttons and you’ve got yourself the perfect little holiday. Macy’s — “the clothes they’ll hate create the memories you’ll love.” Saturday Night Live nails it again.

Last night’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” was hosted by Scarlett Johansson with musical guest Niall Horan, but one of the funniest moments came during a “commercial break.”

‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch pokes fun at kids’ holiday clothes

Dec. 16, 201901:50

In this hilarious skit, “SNL” parodied a Macy’s holiday sale commercial. The ad, featuring happy people dressed up in blazers and cashmeres all on sale for the holidays, seems like a regular commercial at first until the spot puts the focus on children’s clothing.

“Macy’s has the festive fashions that will have them saying, ‘It’s too hot!!'” a complaining child interjects. “‘It itches!” whines another kid, followed by a baby crying as he struggles in his uncomfortable holiday sweater vest.

Every parent in the viewing audience was certainly nodding their head in acknowledgement when the voice-over continued, “It’s the season for wrestling your wriggly little monster into thick winter clothes!”

The commercial advertised among other things, “boys merino wool sweaters that won’t fit over his head.”

“If you stopped squirming it would be on already!” yelled a dad played by Mikey Day.

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The hilarious spot continued by featuring other items for kids.

“And for your little girl, it’s half-off all hard, shiny shoes that hurt.”

“The shoes hurt,” a little girl dressed up for the holidays complains to her mom, played by Kate McKinnon.Ryan Razon / NBC

For any mom who was forced to wear those Mary Jane “party shoes” as a kid it’s all too relatable.

“The shoes hurt,” a little girl dressed up for the holidays complains to her mom, played by Kate McKinnon.

“Welcome to being a woman, Kylie,” the mom retorts.

Just when you think the ad can’t get any funnier, we learn that Macy’s has “kids jackets so big and thick, they won’t fit in their car seat anymore.”

A dad, played by Kenan Thompson, struggles to clip his son into the car seat with the puffy coat and getting frustrated, closes the car door and shouts an expletive. He then opens the door and says to his son, “You didn’t hear that, buddy.”

“One thing for positive, whoever wrote this skit has kids,” wrote one person. Ryan Razon / NBC

Commentators on YouTube loved the commercial. “One thing for positive, whoever wrote this skit has kids,” wrote one person.

“This may be the best ‘SNL’ commercial parody of all time,” posted another.

Perhaps the most hilarious part of the ad comes when the voice-over boasts that you can “Save an extra 10 percent on snow boots that are so hard to put on it’ll strain your marriage.”

The ad also features “precious winter onsies with so many tiny buttons and snaps you’ll let your baby sit in a loaded diaper for hours just to avoid having to put it back on.”

Also on offer: Mittens they’ll lose, shirts with the wrong “Frozen” princess, sweaters that make them hot, flannels that make them hot, scarves that make them hot… You get the idea.

“The clothes they’ll hate create the memories you’ll love.”Ryan Razon / NBC

The spot wraps up with a holiday message we can all relate to:

“We know it’s awful for them and for you but one day they’ll be too old to wear cute little clothes like this and you’ll miss it, so suck it up and get down to Macy’s. The clothes they’ll hate create the memories you’ll love.”