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Leslie Jones began the night as Gayle King, in a cold open lampooning the interview she did with R. Kelly (“individual who number ones”) about his sexual abuse. When pressed in questioning, R. Kelly (Kenan Thompson) asked she refer to him as “victim” and broke out into song, parodying “Trapped in the Closet.”
Thompson was the sketch’s standout, mastering R. Kelly’s scattered mannerisms and landing one of the sketchiest funniest lines (Can’t think of anything nice to say about the devil? He can: “Nice horns, gives good advice.”) But it’s also possible that alleged sexual abuse of minors isn’t quite as ripe for comedy as other news stories.
Sexiest Man Alive Idris Elba (no, I will not get tired of typing that) began his monologue by proving he is maybe the only man alive who can look that good in a full green suit. The actor took us back through his résumé, pre-fame when he worked as a bouncer at Caroline’s Comedy Club. “It was a decent job, I made some great contacts. By which I mean I sold weed.” But eventually, the right audition came along: a small pilot for a show called The Wire. And then came the glorious series of events that led to this beautiful suit on our television screens. Thank you, Idris Elba.
The Obligatory Game Show Sketch
We begin the show with a game show segment that is unfortunately not featuring a Bill Hader cameo. The sketch, poking fun at online “Cancel culture,” features a panel of actors being asked the question: Can you play that role? The answer: probably not. Want to play a blind person? Uh oh. “God took their sight, and now you want to take their job.”
The show is produced by Twitter. “Twitter: one mistake, and we’ll kill you.”
And we got our James Bond joke! Idris’s character is asked who can play James Bond. “Hey, I know the answer to that one!” And Kenan Thompson’s host grimaces. “Do you though?” Gold.
MOMO IS COMING FOR YOUR CHICKEN FRANCHISES. Kate McKinnon as a chicken-internet nightmare hybrid is going to haunt me for the rest of my life.
Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant are a dream team. Last week we got them reacting in real time to a basket full of actual meet, and this week we get them as “fun receptionists” who can’t make PowerPoints and weep with the slightest bit of criticism. “This is not my world!” Bryant’s character wailed at the technology, in an imitation of everybody’s mom. I would follow these two to the ends of the earth, even a sketch that doesn’t really go anywhere.
The Impossible Hulk
You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. Because when he’s angry, he becomes an impossible white lady! Don’t dare tell him that the shirt from the half-off section isn’t actually half-off. The Impossible Hulk WILL call the cops on you. Let it be declared: I would never want to be on Cecily Strong’s bad side.