SNL Recap: Nick Jonas Hosts Saturday Night Musical Theater Live


At any time when I hear {that a} standup comic like John Mulaney or Dave Chappelle or an SNL veteran like Kristen Wiig or Maya Rudolph are internet hosting Saturday Night time Reside, I’ve excessive expectations that we’re in all probability due for a very good episode of sketch comedy. These sorts of hosts who’re already simpatico with the SNL home fashion account for, say, one-third of a typical season; for the remainder, we get a mishmosh of dramatic actors who need to present one other facet of themselves, random sports activities icons, overly-ambitious pop stars, and the occasional nightmare actuality TV star. For all of them, I decrease my expectations appropriately—not each charming younger star is minimize out for the SNL meat grinder.

So it was an actual pleasure that, for the second week in a row, a number I used to be not notably enthusiastic about turned in a fairly good episode. Final week, Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Web page was the charming heart of one of many highlights of season 46, and this week, Nick Jonas pulled double obligation as host and musical visitor. Certain, he is not a very nice comedic actor, however he was actually good at inhabiting a parodic model of his Disney-hunk persona. And it was an incredible episode for musical theater followers—Jonas appeared very snug falling again on his singing for a number of the finest sketches of the night time.

My favourite sketch of the night time was Mirror Exercise, by which Jonas performed one of many straight males and let Kate McKinnon and Pete Davidson, as Shannon Delgado and Azuzal, steal the present in a bit which fell decidedly within the David S. Pumpkins lineage.

Then there have been two glorious musical comedy highlights that felt like twin items displaying off completely different elements of the massive forged: in Homicide Present, feminine castmembers together with Kate McKinnon, Melissa Villaseñor, Ego Nwodim, and Chloe Fineman sang an ode to their favourite TV collection about serial killers and true crime circumstances (Jonas popped up as cult present fanatic dressed as NXIVM founder Keith Raniere). And Bachelor Celebration let a bunch of the male castmembers—together with Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, Mikey Day, Bowen Yang, Alex Moffat and Jonas—sing an ode to bachelor get together boners.

Nick Jonas match like a mouse’s foot in a really tiny glass slipper as Prince Charming within the over-the-top Cinderella’s Slipper, however the spotlight was Aidy Bryant because the aforementioned mouse who went all the way in which, and is ready to eat a pair infants, no problemo.

Weekend Replace has been one of the constant highlights of this season (it is also often been an unlucky lightning rod of controversy), with two or three actually nice friends nearly each week. This week we bought Kenan Thompson as outspoken NBA dad LaVar Ball, who wished to debate his son LaMelo Ball’s basketball profession with the Charlotte Hornets (“Essentially the most storied franchise in all of basketball!”). The most effective half although was Cecily Sturdy as bigoted Consultant Marjorie Taylor Greene and her perception in science: “I like science. I am all the time speaking science, except that science is about local weather change, coronavirus, area lasers, evolution, the metric system, the rhythm methodology, breastfeeding, residing on Mars, Jesus’ pores and skin coloration or Santa’s pores and skin coloration, by the way in which, which is white.”

Publish-COVID Courting was a very well-written, enjoyable 10-to-1 sketch that was an ideal showcase for Kate McKinnon, ala the final name sketches from just a few years again. Sadly, this was one of many sketches the place Jonas’ restricted performing talents actually have been a disservice to the sketch.

For the reason that election, SNL has principally ditched the painful, compulsory political chilly opens which grew to become ubiquitous in the course of the Trump period. With fewer superstar visitor stars showing as the varied Trump cronies each week, there have been way more alternatives for the precise forged to look within the opening sketches. This has been a reduction—the chilly opens have been among the many worst materials within the present in recent times—and whereas not an incredible sketch, Vaccine Recreation Present Chilly Open confirmed the upside of these modifications. Kate McKinnon is all the time nice as a gravelly-voiced Dr. Anthony Fauci, Pete Davidson bought to point out why he is nonetheless within the forged as a bullying Governor Andrew Cuomo, and better of all, Aidy Bryant is pleasant as a grotesque, clueless Ted Cruz.

After just a few seasons of getting bit elements, Ego Nwodim has had a breakout season full of nice character work and some superb impressions, one of the best of which is her Dionne Warwick. She introduced her again with one other version of the Dionne Warwick Discuss Present, this time that includes The Weeknd (Kenan Thompson), Nick Jonas, Dua Lipa (Melissa Villaseñor) and Machine Gun Kelly (Pete Davidson).

Amusement Park was a couple of group of teenagers occurring an amusement park journey, with one performed by Kyle Mooney ending up being paired with a stuffed prize of “the man from Soul.” It was a kind of sketches the place it appeared like that they had quite a lot of enjoyable enjoying round with the prop whereas writing it, however it did not gel as a completed piece.

Nick Jonas was joined by a part of the forged for a brief musical ode to ingesting in the course of the pandemic for the Monologue, which wasn’t humorous, however labored as a honest musical theater second.

House Makeover was the one cut-for-time sketch of the night time, and would not you realize it, it was an HGTV parody starring the king of cut-for-time sketches, Kyle Mooney (although it was quite a bit much less confrontationally bizarre than Mooney’s regular materials).

Jonas additionally carried out his new single “Spaceman” and “This Is Heaven.”

After one other 5 week stretch of episodes, SNL is taking a break till March twenty seventh, when it’s going to return with host Maya Rudolph and musical visitor Jack Harlow.