Saturday Night Live: Don Cheadle / Gary Clark Jr.
February 17, 2019 1:14 AM - Season 44, Episode 13 - Subscribe

Cheadle's first time hosting.

  • Cold open - Alec Baldwin, Cecily Strong, Mikey Day, Beck Bennett, Heidi Gardner, Kyle Mooney
  • Monologue - Don Cheadle, Leslie Jones
  • Home Room TV - Mikey Day, Alex Moffatt, Kate McKinnon, Don Cheadle, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd, Aidy Bryant, Leslie Jones
  • Extreme Baking - Alex Moffatt, Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Beck Bennett, Ego Nwodim, Don Cheadle, Heidi Gardner, Kyle Mooney
  • Pound Puppy - Ego Nwodim, Don Cheadle, Beck Bennett, Heidi Gardner, Alex Moffatt, Melisssa Villaseñor
  • Gary Clark Jr. - Pearl Cadillac
  • Weekend Update - Colin Jost, Michael Che
    • Pelosi, Schumer - Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffatt
    • Jules - Beck Bennett
    • Supercentenarian Mort Fellner - Mikey Day
  • Family Feud - Don Cheadle, Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett, Cecily Strong, Melisssa Villaseñor, Kyle Mooney, Pete Davidson, Chris Redd
  • Lollipop Roadhouse - Heidi Gardner, Don Cheadle, Mikey Day, Beck Bennett
  • Gary Clark Jr. - This Land
  • Roach-X - Heidi Gardner, Don Cheadle, Mikey Day, Kyle Mooney
  • The Regal Promenade Pavilion - Don Cheadle, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant
posted by rhizome (14 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Gary Clark Jr - This Land [Official Music Video]

It's a great song, but Clark had to censor himself during the SNL performance. The little pauses threw off the tempo a tiny bit, and it took some of the emotional power out of the performance when he was visibly restraining himself, imo.
posted by homunculus at 3:04 AM on February 17, 2019

The WU takes on Trump's "national emergency" announcement were wonderfully brutal. But, holy cow, that Family Feud sketch was unwatchably bad. Like "we threw this together three minutes ago in the green room" bad.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:06 AM on February 17, 2019 [1 favorite]

Eh, I like the Family Feud and other lightning round impression sketches. I just like to see the variety and what the cast members can do, I don't usually pay much attention to how it's written though. It certainly wasn't one of their best ones, I suppose.

What a good, solid episode. Cheadle was a great host and really worked well in the sketches.

Pound Puppy was nice and bizarre as was Lollipop Roadhouse.

Roach-X was one of the best fake commercials they've ever done.

As always, the Trump cold open was probably one of the weaker sketches. I really don't need to see Baldwin doing that ugly mug any more but I guess we're stuck with it for the foreseeable future since they're not going to suddenly let someone else do Trump.

Boy Colin Jost really wanted Amazon to come to NYC, didn't he?

I just leave this here. What a cool dude.
posted by bondcliff at 7:21 AM on February 17, 2019 [3 favorites]

SNL: Don Cheadle Tweaks Trump With A Hockey Jersey (Bruce Haring, Deadline)

Excellent wardrobe choices.
posted by ZeusHumms at 2:00 PM on February 17, 2019 [8 favorites]

I ended up liking Extreme Baking much more than I expected.
posted by porpoise at 3:38 PM on February 17, 2019

Extreme Baking offered up a mefi avatar, and I took it!

Then I found out that the cake talked just like my inside voice; the most profoundly disturbing moment of SNL ever 😢
posted by sylvanshine at 3:53 PM on February 17, 2019 [5 favorites]

Family Feud wasn't the best Family Feud ever, but some of the minor bits were some of the best ever. Beck's Sam Elliott has about 10% of the way to go and be perfect. Kenan's restatements of answers, "let's see...chewing the scenery!" "...Mary Poppins talkin' that nonsense!"

Regal Promenade Pavilion was pretty great, top 10 of the season. "The longest driveway in Queens!" "The youngest valets you can imagine!" Cheadle plays nervous overconfidence so well.

Sean the Cake was one of the weirdest Kenan voices ever. "I should not beeee..."
posted by rhizome at 7:58 PM on February 17, 2019 [1 favorite]

Oh my god the Soviet Union has been gone for nearly 30 years why the fuck can't people notice
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:03 PM on February 17, 2019 [2 favorites]

Because, by ending it, we created the oligarchy? And because Americans can only relate to sports.

Don Cheadle made that roach skit work
posted by eustatic at 2:45 PM on February 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

"Somebody had to."
posted by rhizome at 5:10 PM on February 18, 2019 [3 favorites]

MIKA - Lollipop just showed up as a recommended video on Youtube.
posted by ckape at 9:36 PM on February 18, 2019 [4 favorites]

'SNL' built an entire magical sketch around British showman Mika's 'Lollipop' (Lyndsey Parker, Yahoo Music)

Mika was surprised and delighted.
posted by ZeusHumms at 11:56 AM on February 19, 2019 [3 favorites]

We have been lucky to have seen this season, even with its weak Trump sketches. Che's not punching down so much anymore. Pete's going through some sorta journey, and we saw him do a british accent. WHODA THUNK! And Leslie's not covering up her giggling nearly as much anymore. And the new kids are the standouts, too. This has been a great season. This episode is a great example of the balance they've struck between ensemble pieces, wierd commercials, the news and its sub-characters—and everyone's had their time in the light and nailed it. (Sorry Null & Rudnitsky. Sorry Brooks, so sorry.) And I'm psyched to see Melissa getting more time. The primetime-repeat episode had the sketch where she and Donald Glover are in bed, and it just cracked me up a second time.

And the sketches are more cohesive. I'm looking forward to seeing how this all slides into the election; maybe more Larry David and less Baldwin? Ya think? Fehhhh
posted by not_on_display at 11:11 PM on February 19, 2019 [2 favorites]

They could pivot from Baldwin imitating Trump to Baldwin being very reluctant to imitate Trump, but somehow criticizing him anyway.
posted by ZeusHumms at 12:08 PM on February 20, 2019

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