Chris Rock Makes A Come Back On Saturday Night Live
Witten By Zaina Cummins
Chris Rock is the first in-person “Saturday Night Live” host since March, and he made the most of his monologue in Studio 8H.
The former “SNL” cast member took to the stage, mask in hand, for a surreal but sharp monologue about the pandemic, the election and the very nature of government.
Unlike the opening sketch, which only alluded to the week’s shocking news that President Trump has tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized, Rock addressed the “elephant in the room” head-on. “President Trump is in the hospital due to COVID,” he said, “and my heart goes out to COVID.”
Chris Rock seemed like a slam dunk choice for first host, but this wasn’t one of his most memorable appearances. Besides some awkward transitions between subjects, the Monologue was pretty solid, and Rock touched on Trump contracting COVID-19 (“My heart goes out to COVID”), the pandemic, and the importance of political term limits (“Dukes and Dutchess making the decision for poor people”).
There were no truly exceptional sketches, but the two best ones felt the most like throwbacks to the “At Home” episodes: The Drew Barrymore Show was another incredible showcase for impressionist extraordinaire Chloe Fineman, and Stunt Performers was another enjoyable Kate McKinnon/Aidy Bryant team-up about COVID-era stunt performers.
The one person who really did blow me away was Megan Thee Stallion, who performed new single “Don’t Stop” (with Young Thug) and “Savage,” which included some incredibly imagery and staging, including background messages that called out Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron regarding Breonna Taylor’s murder.
Comedian Bill Burr will make his hosting debut next weekend with musical guest Morgan Wallen.
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