Idris Elba Hosted Saturday Night Live

The Average

Bok Bok – It’s not everyday that an SNL sketch can be simultaneously funny and nightmare-inducing, but here we are. Kate McKinnon is unnervingly creepy as the mascot of a fast food fried chicken chain called Bok Bok, and the human-like chicken just so happens to look like the horrifying internet meme known as Momo. The premise doesn’t do much beyond Kate McKinnon looking creepy as hell, but having this all shaped as a fast food commercial does help heighten the gag.

Can I Play That? – There’s a lot of sensitivity from people today when it comes to what kind of roles actors are allowed to play based on their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, race, and more. It’s a topic that’s difficult to touch comedically, but this game show concept does it pretty well. It shows how silly it is when so many rules try to be set for the sake of political correctness. Sure, a white actor shouldn’t play a Mexican astronaut, but some of these restrictions are getting ridiculous, and this sketch gets some solid laughs out of that social commentary.

The Impossible Hulk – Man, this is such a hilarious premise. But for some reason, it doesn’t feel like it lands with the impact it needs to. Maybe it’s because they don’t tap into the racial aspect of an enraged white woman calling the police on anything and everything that upsets her, but there’s something missing in this sketch that could have made it better. But even so, it’s still a pretty good one.

Supportive Friend – Okay, this is a weird one. Not only was this sketch on the verge of being in the worst category because of its terrible, abrupt ending. It was also nearly in the best category because of how over-the-top and hilarious Beck Bennett is in this sketch. As a compromise, I’ve put it on the bottom of the average section, because this feels like there was something great here that suffered from being cut to fit better at the end of the show.

The Worst

Gold Diggers – Much like last week’s episode with John Mulaney, even this worst sketch from the night wasn’t downright terrible. The idea of a reality show focusing on gold digging men going after WNBA players for their moderately sized paychecks is very funny, not to mention the fashion choices they’re sporting. But something about the pacing and the ending kept this from coming together in the right way. Maybe it would have been better served as a pre-recorded sketch that followed the reality show format.

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