Saturday Night Live: Amy Schumer, Kacey Musgraves
May 13, 2018 12:16 AM - Season 43, Episode 22 - Subscribe

Host: Amy Schumer, Musical Guest: Kacey Musgraves

  • Mother's Day Message - Aidy Bryant, Kenan Thompson, Melissa VillaseƱor, Mikey Day, Luke Null, Chris Redd, Kyle Mooney, Colin Jost, Beck Bennett, Pete Davidson,
  • Opening Monologue - Amy Schumer
  • Mother's Know Best - Amy Schumer, Pete Davidson, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Chris Redd, Leslie Jones, Mikey Day, Kate McKinnon
  • Handmaids In The City - Amy Schumer, Alex Moffat, Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon,
  • The Day You Were Born - Mikey Day, Amy Schumer
  • Gospel Brunch - Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, Amy Schumer
  • Kacey Musgrave - High Horse
  • Weekend Update - Michael Che, Colin Jost
    • Bailey Gismert - Heidi Gardner
    • World's Proudest Step Mom - Melissa McCarthy

  • Lil Rent - Beck Bennett, Cecily Strong, Mikey Day, Amy Schumer

  • Kacey Musgraves - Slow Burn

  • Last Call - Kenan Thompson, Amy Schumer, Kate McKinnon

  • Graduation Commerical - Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, MIkey Day

posted by DizzyOnBugSpray (10 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Pretty good episode.

The cold open was cute. They've done that before with other casts and their moms. It's always a bit awkward like that but I think it's a nice thing.

Loved the graduation commercial and The Day You Were Born, which was kind of sick but... not inaccurate?

As usual lately, I'd never heard of the musical guest. I really liked the second song she did.

Last Call seemed like just an excuse to have Schumer and McKinnon make out for laughs, though I will admit I laughed.

No real duds that I could think of, though again this week there were a bunch of cast members that seemed to be MIA.
posted by bondcliff at 7:04 AM on May 13, 2018 [1 favorite]

I liked the joke about Luke Null's mom, setting up Chris Redd's. Pete Davidson's crack about "Well not tonight mom, because mother's day is all about vaginas" was a pretty good setup.

Melissa McCarthy giving both Che and Jost grief was fun.

Last Call plays to both Schumer and McKinnon's strengths. Cute bit with the Arc of the Covenant.
posted by porpoise at 1:32 PM on May 13, 2018

I'm just catching up now and there was another "Kenan's been here forever" joke in the cold open, so I had to pause to look for a retirement announcement. To my great relief, I found this instead, and he's just really proud of beating Hammond's record and that's why all the jokes. Oh, I feel so much better. Brag on, you crazy diamond.
posted by Ruki at 6:04 PM on May 13, 2018 [3 favorites]

My husband and I laughed until we cried at "The Day You Were Born." Hee. I like Amy Schumer and I thought this was a decent episode.
posted by Aquifer at 9:29 PM on May 13, 2018

After his step-mom and Riblet, I want to know a lot more about Che's (fake) teenage years.

though again this week there were a bunch of cast members that seemed to be MIA.

There is something sad about Luke, Kyle, and Melissa's moms showing up to not see them in any other live sketches that week.
posted by Gary at 9:36 PM on May 13, 2018

I thought this show picked up steam as it rolled along. Quite a few wincey moments but they were justified. I think this Last Call sketch was the best iteration they've done, for a sketch whose sole punchline is "leftover drunks making out". And the rest of the show was good. Not great but not shit.

The Day You Were Born, which was kind of sick but... not inaccurate?

On a personal note, I want so badly to hear your mother recount giving birth to you.

On a general note, that sketch basically took every childbirth-in-a-hospital trope and set it against the "it was the best day of my life" line. Although Bill Cosby is now dead to me, this sketch was a good nightmareish retooling of his "Natural Childbirth" and parenting bits, only with a sweeter counterbalance (i.e. the kid with breakfast). The only thing it was missing was Amy Schumer standing up in the stirrups and shouting at Mikey Day, "You did this to meeeeeeee!!"

I also think Heidi Gardner totally is channeling some rando teenager from wherever when she does that desk piece character. Heidi, Day, Moffatt, and Chris Redd are this cast's future legends. Although I think all the newbies deserve more of a chance to shine, and each has their own specialties, those four are all much more malleable and on the knife's edge in their portrayals. (Pete is just on the knife's edge, period. Vaginas, mom!)

But I am still rooting so hard for Pete and Melissa and Luke. I hope Luke stays, whereas I didn't mind Rudnitsky leaving so much. And I think Leslie is improving each year she's on, even when she cracks up. She doesn't do it as often anymore, and she hits most of her lines, and was able to roll with it adequately when the cuisinart didn't work.

still not over brooks wheelan
posted by not_on_display at 10:31 PM on May 13, 2018 [1 favorite]

Luke Null got to be in the cold open! Basically by default, but still...
posted by ckape at 12:08 AM on May 14, 2018

I laughed and laughed and laughed at "The Day You Were Born," and then I got a little teary at the kicker dedicating it to the moms who made it sound easy (or whatever it said).
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:00 AM on May 14, 2018 [1 favorite]

Luke Null got to be in the cold open! Basically by default, but still...

I am always wondering about the other moms who are not on the Mother's Day episode. Like... are they not local? Do they not want to? Are they dead?

For some reason I am totally over Amy Schumer but I did enjoy this episode just fine. She's decent at sketch comedy stuff (she was even good in that stupid game show thing) and basically is "up for it" which is the main thing for a good host as well as being decent with cue cards etc. The show definitely picked up steam though I thought Handmaids in the City was inspired but maybe not fully formed. Li'l Rent was confusing and also seemed like it could have used one more rewrite. Gospel Brunch was sort of a mess and Amy can't work a blender? Really enjoyed Day You Were Born and Graduation Commercial and Heidi on the news. Got a little derailed with Melissa because I wanted MORE NEWS.

And Kacey Musgraves... I mean it would be hard to follow Glover from last week. I also liked her second song even though I felt she didn't need a ten piece matching-suits band to back it up. I like her more after reading her Wikipedia article.
posted by jessamyn at 8:03 AM on May 14, 2018

The mother's day cold open was cute. All those moms clearly beaming with pride, and being hustled off camera by their grown children before they could say something embarrassing. I had to wonder if any of them actually supported Cheeto though. I mean, if I were supposed to be playing a version of me, you'd never get me to pose as a Cheeto supporter.

I don't like Amy Schumer. I find her mediocre and not funny. So I wasn't looking forward to this episode at all, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was pretty decent. "The Day You Were Born" had me laughing until tears streamed down my face. "Handmaids in the City" was an inspired concept. "Graduation Commercial" was a lot of fun. The rest was pretty watchable, though I can't really say I enjoyed Heidi Gardner's or Melissa McCarthy's acts during "Weekend Update" -- surprising because I usually enjoy everything those two do. Their shtick dragged on too long and I'd have preferred more news.

And I even enjoyed the musical numbers. I usually don't.
posted by orange swan at 7:39 PM on May 14, 2018

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