How it is, as a young comedian, to be hired to work Live Saturday night, which launched so many careers and was obsessively scrutinized (we all read oral history Live from New York, right?) longer than his last recruits have been alive? In the most recent episode of the show, new cast member Sarah Sherman got a chance to share impressions of his debut season during the weekend update. He used it to ask for something that many of us have probably wondered about SNL over the years: “Why is it live?”
In this context the question was rhetorical, but … I would also like to know! (He didn’t keep asking why the show is even so long; maybe if James Austin Johnson has a chance, he can increase it next week.) Sherman’s segment – in which he turned innocent comments from the co-host of Update Colin Jost in overwhelming headlines (eg “Self-proclaimed nipple expert Colin Jost caught explaining life on TV?”) – it was a special gift for those viewers who might consider Jost to be a “local Sicko”, and his giddy energy it was so contagious that I can even forgive the last spelling title “fascist”. (Ops.)
Guest Jonathan Majors he seemed a bit nervous and dumb during his monologue. But he relaxed as the episode continued, playing partner Kenny Gerard for Kenan Thompsonis Alan Daniels in the Syfy talk show parody Stories of strange children. The premise: Parents bring their children, each of whom has had a spooky paranormal experience, to which Alan and Kenny react with growing despondency. When Dave Timpkins (Alex Moffat) brings out his son Max, the latter wearing an outfit that is too adult, Alan immediately gets nervous: “There’s nothing behind his eyes,” accuses Kenny. Shout out to this extremely capable child actor, why: He just isn’t there. As for the third mom, played by Heidi Gardner: you have to prepare for some a kind of supernatural sensitivity when you call her Coraline.
Majors also got to showcase his Yale-trained chops in a late episode sketch on a Broadway benefit starring Blythe & Brick (cecily forte Other Bowen Yang). While a mother (Aidy Bryant) is thrilled to present her young daughter with a double act she loved to watch as a child, her husband (Kyle Mooney) isn’t so sure if the material is appropriate for a preteen, which looks like age is looming. There are probably many 11-year-olds who love condom gags and multiverse musical numbers about cocaine. Look and see if this magazine is anything your high school student would answer!
We also have two strong pre-recorded sketches. One revolved around the recent report which, like Melanie Hamlett put it in Harper’s Bazaar, “Men have no friends and women bear the burden. “What can women do when the men they live with attack them with boring chatter as soon as they walk in the door because they say the men haven’t talked to another person all day? Take them to Man Park – it’s like a park for dogs, except for men in a relationship who get used to socializing with each other. Opening up like “Get up and grind?” or “Wonder?” may not be that interesting to their opposite-sex partners, but at Man Park they have a VERY high success rate.
We were also treated to a Please Don’t Destroy video in which Pete Davidson proposes to the boys a few of them who go out and are friends. Except that Davidson actually has a twist in mind, and doesn’t understand why they should object to him describing them as “3 Sad Virgins” and sprinkling painfully accurate details about their romantic experiences and anatomy. (Martin Herlihy: “That was my real doctor!”) No spoilers, but if someone you know try to complain Taylor Swift sung only one song, you can correct them: it was one and a half.
Speaking of Swift: okay, sure, her done only technically sing a song – “All Too Well”, which hit the internet this week. But what What ten minutes and gave fans everything they wanted from the experience, including the highlights of the short film of the song projected onto a screen behind him as he stood on a carpet of autumn leaves. Makeup Connoisseurs: Expect a flurry of blog posts this week about the exact lip color shade Swift was wearing, because that stern black dress really kept the focus on her face.
“Well, guys, I think the lesson we’ve all learned this week is, never break up with Taylor Swift,” Jost broke off at the beginning of Weekend Update, “or he’s going to sing about you for ten minutes on national television.” I’m pretty sure we’ve known this for a while, actually? But maybe a “local pervert” had something else on his mind.
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