This weekend, “Saturday Night Live” faces two questions of dramatically different magnitude: Is the show trying to find topical humor in the show? Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?
And, less important to the global order, but still a notable issue in the “SNL” arena: How will it deal with the return of John Mulaney?
To answer the first question, the show avoided an opening comedy sketch entirely and instead began with a performance by the Ukrainian Dumka Choir in New York, singing the hymn “Pray for Ukraine” “. At the end of the performance, actors Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong followed an arrangement of candles that were supposed to spell Kyiv.
Then, in his opening monologue, Mulaney addresses what he admits has been a “very complicated year” for him.
Mulaney, her fifth appearance as host, has long been considered a “SNL” success story: a former writer and sometimes discussion list Updated Weekend who became a popular spectator and star of unexpected light comedy projects like “John Mulaney & Lunch Sack.”
His previous visits to the show promised new installments in autographed franchises like “Diner Lobster”/“Bodega Bathroom” A variety of musical sketches. Mulaney is also a loyal friend, above and out of the programfor Pete Davidson while Davidson was working to preserve his sanity and improve his mental health.
But in December 2020, it was reported that Mulaney had entered a rehabilitation facility for drug and alcohol abuse. As Mulaney later explained in a 2021 interview with Seth Meyershe first entered rehab in September 2020, exiting in October of that year, held a Halloween episode of “SNL”, relapse and return to rehab after Meyers and other friends organize an intervention for him.
At the start of her monologue this weekend, Mulaney said with apparent irony that “it’s wonderful to be in a place that emphasizes sanity and mental health.”
He shares the story of his intervention, which he says was introduced to him as a dinner at a friend’s apartment but what was his real purpose when he come in.
“Do you know how bad the drug problem you have is, if when you open the door and see people gathered, your first thought is, this is probably drug intervention. my drugs?” Mulaney said. “There’s no other reason for everyone to be behind the door.”
Mulaney describes the experience of contacting a former drug dealer to tell him he was erasing and blocking him from his phone. But before he could do so, Mulaney said, the dealer texted him back: “I only bought drugs to sell you because I was worried about you. And I don’t want you to buy worse stuff on the street. “
Speaking to traffickers, Mulaney said, “This is a strange time to ask, but are you a drug dealer? He said, ‘No, I’m a painter, we talked about this.’ Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know how I got to know this person. ”
Mulaney also talked about fathering her 12-week-old son, whose favorite brand of pacifier was recently recalled. Even so, Mulaney said, his son continued to look at a bowl full of those pacifiers with his eyes as if to say, “I want to use them but I can’t because they could kill me.” . He paused and added, “Welcome to my world, homey.”
Passing ceremony of the week
Since this is Mulaney’s fifth time being the host of “SNL”, that means it’s time another visit to the show’s allegory Five-story club. It also means “SNL” can finally make good on its obligations to Paul Rudd, who crossed that threshold when he hosted the show last December. in a cut episode it was missing a musical guest and most of the cast because of concerns about Covid.
This time, both Mulaney and Rudd received their welcome (and a single coat to share between them) from other veteran hosts including Steve Martin, Candice Bergen, Tina Fey and Elliott Gould, as well as Conan O’Brien, who hosted the show once but said he stopped by to sign up for Peacock.
Weekend Update Jokes of the week
At the Weekend Update table, hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che continue to worry about the worldwide fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Music traditions of the week
If you breathed a sigh of relief when you saw Mulaney running a subway newsstand at the beginning of this paragraph, you might recognize this as the latest in his long-running musical sketch series, taking familiar New York setting. locations.
This time, the number of songs and dances triggered by a subway passenger (Andrew Dismukes) looking to buy a churro from a supplier of dubious standards (Melissa Villaseñor) – watch to show off. homage to “South Pacific,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “The Music Man,” “Les Misérables” and more, all set in terrible settings. most you can imagine.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/27/arts/television/saturday-night-live-ukraine-john-mulaney.html ‘Saturday Night Live’ devoted to Ukraine