Justin Timberlake, you got some competition. Last night, Drake did double duty as both the host and musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” and totally slayed every skit. The episode also marked the debut of new Black female cast member Sasheer Zamata, who got lots of screen time (though not a ton of actual lines, but that’s to be expected with a new cast member). My personal favorite sketch was this BET “Before They Were Stars” spoof, featured various hip-hop acts who got their start on ’90s TV shows. Drake as Lil Wayne as Steve Urkel on “Family Matters”? Pure fucking genius. And I loved Sasheer’s sendup of Rihanna as the “Blossom” of Barbados. That pussy pat is on point. Watch above! (P.S. Nevermind the fact that Sway is not a host on BET.)
Putting to rest (for now) a controversy over why the iconic comedy show has not had a Black woman on the cast for five years, Sasheer Zamata has joined”Saturday Night Live” as a featured player. According to Deadline Hollywood, Sasheer graduated from the University of Virginia three years ago and trained with the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. You might even recognize her from her appearances on “Inside Amy Schumer” and in a number of viral YouTube comedy videos, including “How To Politely React To Your Friend’s Terrible Engagement.” “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels had promised to add a Black comedienne to the cast after the show was criticized during the fall following remarks by Black male cast members, Keenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah. Keenan had suggested there weren’t enough Black women who were “ready,” while Jay said the show needed to get with the program and be more diverse. Sasheer will appear on January 18th, with Drake as a musical guest and host. Looking forward to it! [Deadline Hollywood, Sasheer.com]
I’m psyched that “Saturday Night Live”‘s “Waking Up With Kimye” is seemingly going to be a regular sketch on the series (last night’s episode featured the sketch for a second time). This time, “Kimye” are celebrating the holidays with a new version of their “Bound 2″ video, featuring that hardworking, four-legged, red-nosed wonder. Uh huh, Rudolph!
This music video from last night’s Christmas episode of “Saturday Night Live,” featuring all of the female cast members singing about bring their boyfriends home for Christmas and getting it on in their childhood bedrooms, definitely cracked me up. But it also brought out my holiday blues. Because I don’t have a boyfriend to bring home for the holidays. And I don’t actually have a home to go back to either, because my parents divorced, the house I grew up in was sold, and my mom lives in a tiny apartment in Brooklyn. That means no childhood bedroom with a twin bed to fuck in with any future boyfriends either. So yeah, I’m laughing, but I’m also feeling pouty about not being able to participate in this holiday ritual. Sigh. It’ll pass.
Got plans tonight? Cancel them! Or at least be home in time for “Saturday Night Live,” because it’s the Christmas episode and Jimmy Fallon is hosting, with musical guest Justin Timberlake. Jimmy will no doubt have a new Christmas jingle to debut, and JT will surely be bringin’ it on down to Something-ville, so I predict much giggling is ahead. Check out their promos above!
Lady Gaga was a solid host of last night’s “Saturday Night Live,” delivering a cheeky musical-inspired opening monologue and nailing her role in nearly every sketch. I especially enjoyed her portrayal of a frumpy Apple store employee appearing as a guest on “Wake Up With Kimye” (a show I wish was real because I would totally watch it). But Gaga really brought the LOLZ when she was joined onstage by R. Kelly to perform their song “Do What U Want,” which involved the two singers, like, simulating really awkward sex. The dry humping! The pushups! The fumbling ass slapping! This is the strangest sexual encounter R. Kelly’s had since, well, you know.
After weeks, nay, months … nay, yeaaaaars of complaints from critics, viewers and cast member about the lack of any Black female cast members on “Saturday Night Live,” the comedy show final addressed its diversity problem on last night’s episode, hosted by “Scandal”‘s Kerry Washington (the first Black woman to host the show since early 2012). In the cold open, Washington played both Michelle Obama and Oprah, requiring her to change off screen in a direct nod to cast member Kenan Thompson’s recent refusal to continue playing any Black female characters in drag. The opener cheekily made use of the show’s bounty of white male cast members, sending out six of them as a bunch of Matthew McConaugheys. It was a funny start to what was otherwise a lackluster and at times cringeworthy episode. While Washington did her best with the material, the episode underscored “SNL”‘s need not only for a more diverse cast, but a more diverse writing team as well. Never was it more painfully obvious that the writer’s room at “SNL” is stocked with thirtysomething white dudes. That pageant sketch? Lord, help me. Keep reading »