Jenna Ortega, the star of Netflix’s smash hit “Wednesday” and more recently “Scream VI,” made her hosting debut on “Saturday Night Live” alongside musical guests The 1975. Ortega appeared in sketches that they played with his darkness. twisted girl character, including a takeoff on “Exorcist,” but she was also brilliant and charming in sketches that parodied “The Parent Trap” and the dysfunctional relationships between X-Men characters in a “Family Feud”-style game show. ”.
But first, the show’s cold opener took a break from politics and the news to preview Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. Heidi Gardner was Maria Menounos or Kit Hoover (“I haven’t been told which one yet”) and Marcello Hernández was Mario López, interviewing the nominees and others on the red carpet. Chloe Fineman nailed a missed bedtime Jamie Lee Curtis, who was overly excited about it all and excited to be there: “I sold yogurt that made you shit and now I’m nominated!”
Mike Tyson (Kenan Thompson) has introduced himself as this year’s head of security and vowed to keep last year’s winning lead actor and notorious puncher Will Smith away, saying he’s being tracked via an Apple AirTag.
Best opening jokes: A reference to the awkward panning of women’s feet during this type of show, and George Santos (Bowen Yang) pretending to be Tom Cruise. His signature: “Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go be everyone everywhere at the same time.”
In his monologue, Ortega discussed his reputation for being dark and creepy; she joked that she has a face that makes filmmakers say “Hey, let’s throw some blood on that!”
He reminded the audience that he has been acting for a long time; a clip from a Colgate commercial he filmed when he was nine showed Kid Ortega fighting germs in the bathroom sink. Ortega said the same cute commercial can be made terrifying with a little editing. The resulting clip was certainly hilariously dark and twisted. What isn’t dark and twisted? The “SNL” cast members, whom Ortega characterized as “happy, outgoing people who are always trying to act.”
Standing in the audience was Fred Armisen, an “SNL” alum and his “Wednesday” co-star, who was invited to join Ortega onstage (he later appeared in the “Parent Trap” skit), but it was basically to say hi. . before launching into an origin story of his “Californians” sketches. Ortega cut him off and shooed him away before he could get too deep into the story.
Best Sketch of the Night: Sad Stories Derail ‘Ridiculousness’
In case you’re not familiar with it, MTV’s “Ridiculousness” is a show where a panel of commentators watches viral videos and offers jokes and criticism. In this parody, Ortega plays TikTok star Lee Lee Two Times, who ruins the show by sharing sad tragedies that continue to ruin the mood for host Rob Dyrdek (Mikey Day). A video showing someone falling off a boat prompts Lee Lee to describe a sea beheading. A video of cats leads to a story about the birth of a litter of kittens so hideous that it stuns the entire panel. “It wasn’t fire,” Lee Lee says, “it didn’t have a mouth, so it was screaming from inside like MMGGGHHH! MMGGGGHHHH!”
The reality of road trips with friends
This week’s video for “Please Don’t Destroy” takes the writers out of the office for a road trip with Ortega, who says he needs a break from all his work stress. The four sing a catchy song about the joys of road tripping with your best friends before micro-aggressions, missed starts and Ortega slurping down the last of his Big Gulp Slurpee ruin the trip for everyone involved. Bad vibes and a sudden violent incident on the highway deserve even the condemnation of a Jesus sign.
‘Weekend Update’: James Austin Johnson’s two-second impressions
One of the success stories this season has been James Austin Johnson’s transition from online video star to key cast member on “SNL.” His impressions of Trump and Biden are staggering, and in this short “Weekend Update” segment, he shows off some brief impressions that he can’t find any use for anywhere else. Among them: Adam Driver as his “Star Wars” villain, Kylo Ren, playing his character Adam from “Girls”; rapper Jay-Z yelling at his wife Beyoncé from below; and Bob Dylan’s cell phone vibrating. Johnson even adds a bit of the Trump impression that he’ll have to do to get the attention of the bartenders at the after party. It’s more evidence that Johnson is one of the sharpest impressionists in comedy today.
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