SNL Recap: Maya Rudolph Shows Us Why She’s One Of The Sketch Comedy Greats


Ever since taking up as Vice President Kamala Harris in 2019, Saturday Evening Reside vet Maya Rudolph has grow to be a daily presence on the present, sticking round for many random sketches in addition to the political chilly opens over the previous two seasons. However by some means, this weekend marked solely the second time she’s really hosted SNL since she left the solid in 2007. Total, the episode was high-quality: a few good sketches and a pair forgettable ones, just a few completely improbable character moments, and one very distinctive Weekend Replace visitor. Nevertheless it was a convincing reminder that Rudolph is among the all-time nice SNL sketch comedians—somebody who can masterfully juggle impeccable impressions, tune parodies, and weirdo unique characters with specificity and with out breaking—and deserves her place within the highest ranges of the SNL pantheon.

Simply take Scorching Ones with Beyoncé, a parody of the favored internet sequence wherein Rudolph fully owns the sketch together with her line readings and reactions.

Boomers Bought The Vax was the very best ensemble sketch of the night time, a late ’90s rap throwback which labored as a fairly catchy tune in its personal proper along with having a lot of humorous moments (my favourite of which was Ego Nwodim bringing again Edith Puthie).

There have been two friends on Weekend Replace, each of whom have been wonderful: Cecily Robust performed Sidney Powell, persevering with her streak of enjoying grotesque Trump-era individuals. However Bowen Yang stole the present as himself (a.ok.a. “Asian Solid Member”) speaking concerning the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes; it was critical, it was honest, and it was additionally hilarious. I solely hope that subsequent 12 months, we get to see that homosexual Passover bunny character.

The ten-to-1 sketch was The Maya-ing, a parody of The Shining which served as each a creepy and candy look again at Rudolph’s tenure at 30 Rock with visitor appearances from Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch.

Rudolph’s Sally O’Flappy deservedly received just a few prizes on the 2021 Barfly Awards. However in a sketch wherein a lot of the solid received an opportunity to play drunk, which they’re all excellent at, the actual winner was Cecily Robust, queen of enjoying alcoholics.

SNL resisted its ordinary urge to place the large political sketch of the night time into the chilly open slot—and whereas Kamala nonetheless wasn’t my favourite sketch of the night time, it no less than did not depart an terrible style in my mouth. This was all about Vice President Harris (Rudolph) internet hosting a “unity Seder” with husband Doug Emhoff (Martin Brief, a nationwide treasure enjoying a clean slate), with appearances by Ted Cruz (Aidy Bryant), Ella Emhoff (Chloe Fineman), Sen. Raphael Warnock (Kenan Thompson), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Cecily Robust) and President Joe Biden (Alex Moffat) and his canine Main.

The chilly open slot as an alternative went to Snatched! Vaxed! or Waxed!, an MTV sport present parody about Miami spring breakers which will be summed up with one in all Rudolph’s opening traces: “We’re so near the top, let’s damage it!”

Rudolph’s Monologue was an opportunity to place the highlight on the three latest castmembers (Punkie Johnson, Andrew Dismukes, Lauren Holt) with a considerably disjointed The Breakfast Membership riff. It is the form of factor SNL often does towards the beginning of a brand new season to introduce the viewers to new faces—sadly, it simply highlighted how little these three have gotten to do that season up to now.

Choreographers was a showcase for Rudolph and Thompson to have a variety of foolish enjoyable with two loquacious, over-the-top characters.

Only a couple months in the past, Pete Davidson parodied Eminem’s “Stan” for a music video about an obsessive Santa fan. It appears Davidson has continued on his Eminem kick, as a result of this weekend he starred in a pre-recorded “With out Me” parody about NFTs. On the one hand, I do not know who’s crying out for a music video parody from 20 years in the past; however, I really suppose I do know just a little extra about NFTs now.

Jack Harlow, who I positively knew was a musician and never a series of eating places earlier than this weekend, carried out “Identical Man” (with Adam Levine) and a medley of “Tyler Herro” and “WHATS POPPIN.”

SNL has a enjoyable lineup set for subsequent weekend: Daniel Kaluuya will make his internet hosting debut, joined by musical visitor St. Vincent.