Chadwick Boseman Hosted Saturday Night Live

The Average

Aidy B and Cardi B – Anytime Aidy Bryant gets to act super sassy and gets in people’s faces, I just love it. Maybe it’s because she usually plays characters who are more reserved and adorable that she gets so much mileage out of it, but this particular instance is pretty great. Also, I’m not super familiar with Cardi B, but the way she kindly brushes off Aidy Bryant at the end was amusing.

Medical Breakthrough – The gag of this sketch is a simple one, but Mikey Day’s perfect reactions to hearing news about how his penis is going to be completely destroyed by birthing a baby through his urethra makes it fairly entertaining. However, there’s something strange and stilted about Chadwick Boseman’s delivery. He’s not to adept at performing and reading cue cards, but even the voice he’s putting on feels like a struggle for him.

Wakanda Forever – This sketch was just on the cusp of being bad. The pacing is off and it unfolds in an awkward way. But the idea of negotiating who can do the Wakanda Forever salute and when is a funny concept. Chadwick Boseaman appearing as a kooky sort of character was an amusing touch too, but it still didn’t help the sketch overall to be better.

The Worst

Donald Trump Baltic States – Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump has run its course. It’s gotten to the point that the inappropriate things he says on SNL don’t even feel out of character for him. This is barely a caricature, and it’s just not funny anymore. Not even the rest of the cast doing some goofy Baltic accents can make it work.

Magic Mirror – The set-up for this sketch seemed like it would be a funny one, but then I have no idea what is going on here. At first, the prospect of Chadwick Boseman appearing in this sketch as R. Kelly for no reason was funny. But then it never went anywhere or did anything except be inexplicably ridiculous. It just makes no sense, and not in a way that absurdity can be funny.

Restaurant Complaint – First of all, I don’t know how this sketch wasn’t in the 10-to-1 spot when the weirdest sketches usually get placed. Second of all, how on Earth is shit supposed to be funny? What is Chadwick Boseman doing with his voice? Why do these people look like they’re from the 1990s? It’s weird with no explanation as to why, and worst of all, it’s not funny.

Warehouse Fire – It might be getting redundant, but just what the hell is going on in this sketch? Nothing about it feels natural, especially Chadwick Boseman’s delivery. Perhaps a more seasoned comedic actor could have made this work, but it feels like he’s reading this sketch for the first time. Furthermore, all the blocking and technical aspects of the sketch feel like they’re off too. This is easily one of the worst sketches I’ve seen in recent memory.

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