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Simu Liu hosts, Saweetie performs as musical guest

NBC will air a Thanksgiving special live on Wednesday in prime time, but this week’s episode kicks off the holidays with holiday-themed skits and shorts … is the episode all in all a bit of a turkey, though? Let’s swallow and discover!

What is the problem for the SNL Cold opening for last night (11/20/21)?

The show still enjoys politics but far prefers to watch it right-to-left, as we see more of James Austin Johnson’s Trump than his Biden this month, and for the second time, in an opening. cold based in the FOX News universe of Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong). After calling Kyle Rittenhouse a “lovable rascal” and briefly entertaining the politically unopposed but definitely biased judge of this case, Bruce Schroeder (Mikey Day), the show doesn’t chase him until it reminds us that in real life, Pirro didn’t quite solve the murder of Kathie Durst about three decades before Robert Durst was finally convicted. Whoops? There is also a funny appearance because it is true of what Pirro calls the “mad left” in an NPR analyst (Chloe Fineman) and a professor (Chris Redd). One is shocked by the Rittenhouse affair; the other, not so much. Can you guess who reacted which way? Of course you can. They also throw a bone at GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (no link!)

But everything is in place for Trump’s return from JAJ. And wow. They even upped the stakes on his hair and makeup this time around, and also gave him more time to vamp and riff, thanks to a “Word Search” puzzle displayed on the screen next to him. SNL misses Trump almost as much as Republicans!

How the SNL Guest host Simu Liu Do?

Somehow, I didn’t know Simu Liu was born in China but raised in Canada, but as soon as he told us in his monologue, everything else started to have more sense. Nice guy. Worker. Fits perfectly into any material the writing team threw at it.

He slipped directly into the shoes of “Finance Bro Trying To Get Laid” by singing “I Want It That Way” in an “all-stars” karaoke sketch that was mainly used to provide screen time for the still too big cast of SNL players.

Or take that game show skit, “Republican or not.” Kenan Thompson played the host, Benson DuBois. No, not that Benson! But we see what you did there, just like the ghost of Robert Guillaume, whose butler on the TV sitcom worked for many Republicans. Probably. The game show itself reminded us that many political statements could go to one or the other extreme, depending on the context. They also wanted to remind us that the Republican establishment in Wyoming no longer thinks that Liz Cheney, “LIZ CHENEY’S DAUGHTER,” as Kenan pointed out, is more Republican.

He was up for the show’s recurring pastry contest skit where most bakers have zero to negative baking skills. This time around, Simu’s cakes came to life to scream and puke, thanks to his incompetence in the kitchen, opening a portal to hell. I don’t remember why Pete Davidson’s judge character decided to stuff his face with cake during the skit, but I’m sure one of his loyal fans or famous ex-girlfriends will remind me of that?

But we’re all just waiting a bit for a moment that Simu could share with Bowen Yang. And they didn’t disappoint, trying to outdo themselves with their “First Asian To…” trophies. Earlier in the show, SNL used the word “titties” in two different segments. But I’m pretty sure it’s nothing compared to Simu correctly guessing that Bowen is a “last”?!?

Somehow in all of this, I almost forgot to mention “Dog Head Man”. Simu’s Pentagon official introduces the character to Madam Secretary (Cecily) and a former US Senator (JAJ), and it’s not as breathtaking as watching the new movie, Lamb, although this movie didn’t nearly break up its co-stars like the titular super-soldier with a dog head did to Cecily and Mikey Day.

How relevant was musical guest Saweetie?

Saweetie is in the running for an American Music Award tonight, nominated for Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist. Although she has yet to release her first full album, she had her own McDonald’s meal this summer and performed a medley of her first two hits, “Tap In” and “Best Friend” to start things off.

At the end of the evening, Saweetie performed “Icy Chain”, her latest single she just released on Friday.

What sketch (s) will we share: “Walking In Staten” and “Target Thanksgiving Ad”

See. I put two different shorts here, because Pete Davidson could do any music video right now and go viral. He improved like no one could have guessed. And his ode to Staten Island based on the music and melody from Marc Cohn’s 1991 hit, “Walking in Memphis,” included Cohn himself. And Method Man native of SI! And maybe even more important news? Big up to Big Wet! The country rapper not only made his second appearance on the show this season, but also landed his name in the end credits as a member of the show’s writing team. Just when you thought the show’s cast couldn’t get bigger, here’s Big Wet ?!

And even. No offense to Big Wet and Staten Island, but it’s not as accessible to as many people as this Target Thanksgiving ad, which covers all the vacation accommodation bases you’d expect to spend time with. relatives, friends, colleagues or even strangers. Something here that everyone has to dread and / or point their finger at and go, oh yes I’ve felt it before!

Who stopped by the weekend update?

Baby Yoda (Kyle Mooney) is back, and this time he’s punk. Sort? I’m too close to Yoda to see this update character with clear eyes because my heart is full and this portrayal is breaking my heart, so he can definitely lose.

Mother Earth, meanwhile, finds out that Aidy Bryant is giving us all a harsh motherly talk.

Which sketch filled in the “10 to 1” slot?

Something must have gone wrong, because the skit that started at 12:55 a.m. EST had only a paper thin premise and was nowhere in the same cinematic universes as the crazy ideas that go usually here at the end of the show. You know, like the new one “Please do not destroy” video called “retouch”. It should have been aired, but it is not. Instead, you might have felt as bored as the 911 dispatcher (Ego) who had to answer calls from college professors who don’t know how to handle modern marijuana.

Who was the episode’s MVP?

Again, we must tip our caps to Cecily strong. She dominated the first half hour of the episode, opening the show as “Judge” Jeanine, headlining the karaoke stars’ upcoming live sketch, immediately after providing a voiceover for this commercial. Target free, then reappearing in the next live-action skit to provide the only honest reactions to how the dog behaved in the Dog Head Man skit. We will also throw some praise JAJ way, with her hair and makeup team, to serve four different looks.

We leave for the holiday weekend and the week after. The next new SNL arrives on December 11, 2021, with Billie Eilish as host AND musical guest!

Sean L. McCarthy works the beat of comedy for his own digital newspaper, The comic strip; before that, for actual logs. Based in New York but will travel anywhere for the scoop: ice cream or the news. He also tweets @thecomicscomic and half-hour podcast episodes with comedians revealing origin stories: The comic book comic presents the last things first.

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