Short-Ass Movies – Look, it’s not just because this is /Film that this came out on top as the best sketch of the night. It’s simply a fantastic premise, a well-written rap, a slickly produced track, and it lets Pete Davidson do one of two things that he consistently knocks out of the park (the other being stand-up bits at the Weekend Update desk). Whom among us hasn’t scrolled through the endless streaming services at our disposal to find the shortest feature film we can squeeze in before bed. Aside from the great rap itself, the roster of titles included (whether they qualify as a short-ass movie or get dismissed as being far too long) makes it even better. Just a great sketch all around.
TV shop – We’ve seen the home shopping television framework on “SNL” many times before, and it typically involves something going horribly wrong or being incredible inappropriately. This qualifies as both, with Jerrod Carmichael showing off a Rainbow Brite-inspired doll known as Rhylee Rainbowlocks. Aside from the technicolor design, the doll is named for the hair that kids can cut and style before magically regrowing the hair to do it all over again. But then the source of the doll’s growing hair is revealed, and it’s all downhill from there. Cecily Strong and Mikey Day as enthusiastic Southern hosts reacting in horror to this inadvertently inappropriate doll is already good enough, but Carmichael trying to explain it away with technical “Dollmaking 101” certainly adds to the hilarity. The cherry on top is ending with a callback to the beginning of the sketch, and it’s nice to see that “SNL” can perfectly end a sketch when they put their mind to it.
Story – Awkward Kyle Mooney can be hit or miss, but when he hits, it hits pretty damn hard. In this case, Mooney is Heidi Gardner’s cousin who is visiting her in New York City. He’s so desperate to enjoy himself and seem cool that it’s just a little too much when he reacts to an average story from Jerrod Carmichael. It’s cringeworthy comedy at its best, and it just keeps getting worse. But the piece de resistance is the end when Mooney just can’t handle that he’s embarrassed himself. It’s capped off by physical comedy that’s executed so well that Gardner clearly breaks when everything on the table is knocked down. That’s the good stuff.