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Jake Gyllenhaal is coming by Saturday Night Live to host with Camila Cabello. This is Gyllenhaal’s second time as a host, as his 2007 performance gave us the classic “Bronx Beat”. Even though he has a classic lead actor, movies like night crawler and The guilty have proven that he can act really weird when needed. Such a reach is a huge asset for everyone SNL host. Gyllenhaal should be comfortable here: he has hosted before and has been in the industry all his life. His mother wrote Runs on emptyhis father directed episodes of Twin Peaks and the mentalist, and Paul Newman was his godfather. An actor who once had to turn The mighty ducks because his parents wouldn’t let him away from home for two months, he won’t be unmoored by the bright lights of Studio 8H.
SNL opens with James Austin Johnson’s Biden congratulating Ego’s Ketanji Brown Jackson on his confirmation before the Supreme Court. (Ego: “I bet you can’t say that three times fast.” James: “I’m shocked I could say it slowly once.”) Biden is quickly taken to a reception and tells Ketanji to take her with him. have to take. time in the Oval Office. Kate immediately visits her as the ghost of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Big ol’ YIKES for that one. Ginsburg then drops a Ginsburn on Ted Cruz, who, according to Ketanji, is reading her a book. (Kate: “I bet it was called Good night Cancun†
Kenan then enters as Thurgood Marshall. (Kenan: “I was the first black Supreme Court justice, so you must be what? The tenth? The 20th?” Ego: “No, just the third.” Keenan: “No further questions, Your Honor.”) We struck a bit of gold when Punkie comes on as Harriet Tubman. (“What are we doing in the White House? Are we in trouble?”) Harriet then informs Ketanji that if she needs help escaping, two candles should be lit. if i want SNL would have played that more, but instead the whole skit was pointless and they gave Ketanji no point of view other than ‘glad to be there’. I’m as happy as anyone that she was confirmed, but this was SNL‘s weakest cold open of the season.
Gyllenhaal comes out for his monologue and shows us a picture from the last time he presented: he sings a song from Dream women full speed. For those who don’t remember, in that monologue, Jake says he said: SNL new Brokeback Mountain jokes, to immediately see Will and Jason dressed as cowboys in the front row. To thank his “new fans,” Jake rips off his suit and sings, “I Am Telling You I Am Not Going.” In a rerun of that monologue, Jake dives into a parody of Celine Dion’s It’s All Coming Back to Me. (“There were skits I would never do again, but then they always seemed right.”) Gyllenhaal once again has a great voice, but unfortunately it won’t be the last time he sings tonight.
SNL parodies the little-remembered HGTV Kitchen Cousins with Jake and Mikey redesigning a home for Heidi and her milquetoast husband, James. Unfortunately for Heidi, the cousins must have plans for James’ mother and her 27-year-old cat, Charles-David. (“You wanted this space to be ‘an oasis of relaxation’, but Bea wanted this space to be ‘where we put my cat’s medical equipment'”)
This sketch has some amazing images, from the cat sitting in the motorized stair chair to the 90’s Wise Quackers (large ceramic statues of ducks in 1930s gangster outfits) filling the yoga studio. Kate’s old woman gets so fed up with Heidi that she tells her son to beat her. (“Thinking about it?”) Everyone is really good here. Mikey, who can play too big at times, is hilarious as a down-to-earth straight. The Mikey Day hive can watch it on Netflix Is it cake? — a show where Mikey changes a premise that should have been up in the streamer’s number one show after three minutes.
This was a mixed season for newer cast members. James instantly became a star. Andrew and Sarah are coming on strong. Ben, Martin and John usually get a sketch a week. But Punkie and Aristotle seemed to have all but disappeared. So it was a nice surprise to see Punkie star in the very funny sketch of ‘Couples Counselor’, where Jake and Melissa’s session with Punkie is interrupted by her unhinged phone calls. (“Anger is never the answer. YEAH HO, WHERE YOU AT?”) Punkie realizes this is the perfect opportunity to practice expressing their emotions and asks Jake to read her texts to her partner. and say how he would react. (Jake: “Girrrr…” Punkie: “No! Don’t do that voice.”) Ego enters with a Super Soaker (confusing the audience), but Punkie asks Jake to read conciliatory lyrics. (Jake: “Girrrl, why do we count fish when we love the whole damn ocean?” Melissa: “Oh, Ted, is that really how you feel?”) This sketch is a lot of fun, and Punkie shows it again that she can. be one of the biggest stars of the show with more possibilities.
Jake does his best to impress Will Forte and is Junior Dean and Cecily plays his wife. They host a young couple played by Andrew and Chloe. But Cecily soon reveals the dark reason she and Jake didn’t have a baby: his obsession with drawing quirky paintings of dogs, like a dog sitting on a toilet reading the newspaper or a pug like Yoda. (Jake: “It’s not finished yet.” Andrew: “What else would you do with it?”) The juxtaposition of the Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf playing and the kitsch pictures of dogs hit every time. On a weak evening this should have been on the 11:30 live show for sure. Not sure how “Tombstone” got over this.
The MVP tonight was host Jake Gyllenhaal. He showed once again that he could do anything. In “Couples Counselor” he played a straight man perfectly. But in “Dinner with the Dean” and “Spring Flowers” he showed just how much he puts in. His willingness to play really weird characters in different kinds of movies is a real asset when it comes to comedy. In another life, he could have been the greatest cast member of all time.
Tonight was unfortunately a miss for SNL† When they break out the musical numbers, you know they don’t have it. That’s a shame because they had a great episode last week after a month-long hiatus. The size of the cast continues to plague the show. Cast members barely have room to create and develop trustworthy characters and archetypes for the writers to revisit. You don’t need that for a sketch show, but you really feel it on an uninspired episode like this. The last time Jake was on SNL, budget cuts forced the show to cut back to 11 cast members. We don’t want to cut corners, of course, but it’s not surprising that some incredible sketches came out that season, such as the Emmy award-winning “Dick in a Box”.