Though its first two episodes prevented opening sketches that recreated information occasions, “Saturday Evening Reside” finally discovered actuality too irresistible: This weekend’s broadcast led with a parody of what was doubtlessly the ultimate assembly of the Home committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.
Because the listening to started, Kenan Thompson, taking part in the committee’s chairman, Consultant Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi, provided some momentous remarks. “Jan. 6 was one of the dramatic and consequential moments in our nation’s historical past,” he mentioned. “So to combat again, we assembled a staff of monotone nerds to do a PowerPoint.”
Summarizing the assembly’s agenda earlier than holding up a tray of miniature cupcakes, he added, “We’re going to summarize our findings, maintain a history-making vote, after which and solely then, all of us get to have a bit deal with.”
He then turned the listening to over to Heidi Gardner, taking part in Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming and the committee’s vice chairwoman. Gardner defined that the committee’s proof was geared toward all Individuals: “Whether or not you’re a Republican who’s not watching or a Democrat who’s nodding so arduous your head is falling off, one individual is accountable for this rebellion: Donald Trump,” she mentioned. “And one individual will endure the implications: me.”
For these viewers questioning the place her toughness got here from, Gardner advised it was hereditary. She requested, “To your tenth birthday, did you eat pizza at Chuck E. Cheese with all your folks, or did you shoot a deer within the face with Dick Cheney?”
Thompson virtually acknowledged an eerily keen Michael Longfellow, taking part in Adam Schiff, Democrat of California, however reconsidered. (“Too spooky,” he mentioned.) The committee additionally confirmed a video of Chloe Fineman (as Speaker Nancy Pelosi) and Sarah Sherman (because the Senate majority chief, Chuck Schumer) reacting in actual time to the Capitol assault.
Whereas Fineman, as Pelosi, performed a tense name with Mike Pence, Sherman, as Schumer, was additionally on the telephone — to DoorDash, searching for a lacking lunch order. (She mentioned it contained “12 dill pickles, nonetheless floating within the juice, and a sizzling pastrami sandwich with very gentle mustard.”)
One other video featured James Austin Johnson as former President Donald J. Trump, making remarks mentioned to have taken place the day earlier than the assault. Talking on a telephone, Johnson mentioned: “The votes don’t matter in any respect. As a result of what even is a vote? It’s only a piece of paper, you fold up and put it in a hat, a man shakes it round.” After some rambling remarks about Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago and Obamacare, Johnson wrapped up the decision by casually asking, “Is Mike Pence lifeless but?”
Thompson concluded the assembly itself: “We tried,” he mentioned. “It was a enjoyable nation whereas it lasted.”
Giiiiiiiiirrrrrl of the week
Is it doable for a single joke — a single graphic — to make a whole sketch worthwhile? In that case then “Woman Discuss” may simply have been that sketch. It began off innocuously sufficient, with an introduction from its host, Mo’nique Cash Mo’nique Issues (Ego Nwodim), who described this system as “the speak present the place girls inform me their issues and I preserve my recommendation actual easy.”
She and her company (Megan Thee Stallion and Punkie Johnson) went on to debate their issues and options in conversations consisting of various intonations of the phrase “Woman.” And simply to be useful to “any white individuals or males tuning in,” Nwodim supplied subtitles for a dialogue of the warfare in Ukraine, throughout which a two-syllable utterance of “lady” by Megan Thee Stallion produced a whole display screen’s price of densely packed (however academic!) textual content on the historical past of the battle.
Music video of the week
This filmed section for an unique tune known as “We Obtained Introduced” spun laughs (and a genuinely catchy tune) from a recognizably hectic premise: Nwodim, Megan Thee Stallion and Bowen Yang performed the tag-along company of three longtime pals who’ve met up at a membership and ditched their plus-ones to hang around amongst themselves.
Now the three company, who’re strangers to at least one one other, are caught at a desk and unable to search out something to speak about. As one verse goes: “You’re all out of subjects and the dialog’s lazy / So that you simply carry on saying, ‘That’s loopy, that’s loopy.’” The anxiousness of Yang’s character — who tries to make small speak by remarking that solely 25 individuals have died at Disneyland since 1955 — is so palpable it pops off the display screen.
Weekend Replace jokes of the week
Over on the Weekend Replace desk, the anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost continued to riff on the Jan. 6 committee and the outcomes from its newest assembly.
After the Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed Donald Trump, Trump responded the subsequent day with a 14-page letter. Fourteen pages. OK, Unabomber. I don’t know if it is a coincidence, however Trump wrote the letter on the identical day the F.D.A. confirmed the nation is experiencing a scarcity of Adderall. I simply know from expertise in school, any time I wrote a 14-page paper in a single night time, I’d additionally taken a disturbing quantity of Adderall.
He went on:
My favourite a part of Trump’s letter is the start as a result of it’s on very nice letterhead. It begins, “Pricey Chairman Thompson.” After which the primary line is simply screaming. It’s like studying a Victorian love letter that claims, “My beloved Winifred, WHO THE HELL ARE YOU HAVING SEX WITH?”
Che picked up the thread:
The committee confirmed a never-before-seen video from Jan. 6 of a determined Nancy Pelosi talking on the telephone with Mike Pence. Which to Pence counts as adultery. Within the video, Pelosi mentioned that she wished to punch out Donald Trump and knew that if she did, she’d go to jail and be comfortable. I assume as a result of she owns inventory in non-public prisons.
Heartfelt musical efficiency of the week
It was a second that handed by virtually as shortly as certainly one of Megan Thee Stallion’s verses, however within the midst of a busy night time of comedy and costume adjustments, the rapper was genuinely moved throughout a portion of 1 her songs. In her efficiency of “Nervousness,” Megan Thee Stallion referenced her mom, Holly Thomas, who died of mind most cancers in 2019. As these lyrics run:
If I may write a letter to Heaven
I’d inform my mama that I shoulda been listenin’
And I’d inform her sorry that I actually been wildin’
And ask her to forgive me, ‘trigger I actually been tryin’
And I’d ask, please, present me who been actual
And get ‘em from round me if all of them been pretend
It’s loopy how I say the identical prayers to the Lord
And at all times get stunned about who he take
Megan Thee Stallion didn’t a lot as swallow a syllable however the emotion of the lyrics have been audible in her voice and visual on her face — some viewers puzzled on-line in the event that they even noticed her shed a tear. On Friday, Megan Thee Stallion tweeted that she was considering a break following “S.N.L.,” and if she chooses to take it, she has certainly earned it.