Saturday Night Live: Regé-Jean Page / Bad Bunny
February 21, 2021 1:23 AM - Season 46, Episode 13 - Subscribe

The guy from Netflix's "Bridgerton."

  • Cold Open - Britney Spears Show: Chloe Fineman, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Cecily Strong
  • Monologue: Regé-Jean Page, Aidy Bryant, Ego Nwodim, Chloe Fineman
  • Actors Spotlight: Ego Nwodim, Regé-Jean Page, Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, Alex Moffatt
  • Loco: Ego Nwodim, Regé-Jean Page, Pete Davidson, Bad Bunny
  • Driver's License: Regé-Jean Page, Beck Bennett, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Kenan Thompson, Bowen Yang, Kate McKinnon,
  • Mr. Chicken Legs: Cecily Strong, Chloe Fineman, Regé-Jean Page, Mikey Day, Andrew Dismukes, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant
  • The Job Interview: Regé-Jean Page, Beck Bennett, Bowen Yang
  • Bad Bunny - La Noche de Anoche feat. Rosalia
  • Weekend Update: Colin Jost, Michael Che
    • Pete Davidson
    • Jesse Rauch: Heidi Gardner
  • Song of the Sea: Beck Bennett, Andrew Dismukes, Alex Moffatt, Kenan Thompson, Chris Redd, Regé-Jean Page, Mikey Day, Kyle Mooney, Bowen Yang, Bad Bunny, Kate McKinnon
  • Neighbors Saying Grace: Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Ego Nwodim, Regé-Jean Page, Kenan Thompson, Chris Redd, Punkie Johnson, Andrew Dismukes, Heidi Gardner
  • Bridgerton: Regé-Jean Page, Chloe Fineman, Kate McKinnon, Mikey Day, Pete Davidson
  • Bad Bunny - Te Deseo lo Mejor
  • The Grocery Rap: Kyle Mooney, Andrew Dismukes, Beck Bennett, Heidi Gardner, Regé-Jean Page
posted by rhizome (18 comments total)
I thought this was a great episode in a season that has been pretty damn strong.

I came in not knowing who this guy was, but when he mentioned Bridgerton I got it. I haven't seen the show myself but I'm quite aware it's making a lot of my neighbors horny. The monologue was a lot of fun.

I think Aidy has been the MVP this season with Chloe perhaps the MVP of this episode. The Britney sketch was a good premise, a good way to cover a few of the issues of the past week. I haven't see Britney speak enough to know if it was a good impression or not but it seemed good enough to me.

It's nice to see Pete playing someone other than Pete Davidson. Kid's got some talent and I'm glad they're using it.

No Mellissa. Hardly any Kate. Kate seems to just show up in a few supporting roles this season. I wonder if her time on the show is ending? Kate was the star for so many years but it felt like a lot of her characters were played out.

Enjoyed the sea shanty bit. All I could think about was the kid who started that whole thing and what he must be thinking.

No real opinion on Bad Bunny's performance. I always love with a musical guest shows up in sketches and he showed up a couple of times. Good stuff.

I think one of the reasons I'm enjoying this season so much, at least this past month, is that it's not focused on political sketches. It's nice to have a boring president.
posted by bondcliff at 8:03 AM on February 21, 2021 [7 favorites]

Wasn't a fan of Fineman's Britney Spears, but yeah, really great to see Davidson knock the Cuomo impression out of the park. Also liked the not-so-subtle jab on Cruz's hair by giving Bryant dreads.

Davidson was on fire all episode, too.

Nwodim was great in Loco and I rarely like the song sketches.

Gardner's bit on WU was super random, but worked well.
posted by porpoise at 12:44 PM on February 21, 2021

Good episode! We enjoyed the weirdness of many of the bits, Mr. Chicken Legs especially.
posted by Don.Kinsayder at 2:30 PM on February 21, 2021

Hilter's Hairdresser
posted by Mogur at 3:40 PM on February 21, 2021

But seriously, loved this episode and pleasantly surprised by Page's comedy chops.
posted by Mogur at 3:41 PM on February 21, 2021

This is definitely the first time I've ever said that the cold open might have been my favorite bit of the show.
posted by gaspode at 3:49 PM on February 21, 2021 [1 favorite]

I usually like the cold open (but that may just be when it was making fun of T****).

For some reason Job Interview quite funny despite being nonsensical.
posted by Marticus at 6:43 PM on February 21, 2021

I like that they are embracing their silliness, and letting lots of their overloaded cast get in on some good ensemble pieces. I had nothing bad to say about this episode, I think—maybe one or two times they could have veered a little less close to the bridge abutments, but they stayed more on the goofy side of the highway.

I agree—having even just one big thing in the world feel not so ominously foreboding has changed SNL's demeanor over the past few weeks, and I think everyone is relieved.
posted by not_on_display at 9:02 PM on February 21, 2021 [1 favorite]

Yes, these last few episodes have had some whimsical and flat-out silly bits, and I'm totally liking it and here for more.
posted by seasparrow at 10:36 PM on February 21, 2021

I also enjoyed the silliness of many of the sketches and Page's comedy/accent chops. But, my Dog, the screaming from the audience just about ruined it for me. Guess I'm just a crabby old curmudgeon now.

I liked the one-hour "vintage" episode 2 hours prior, giving the evening some continuity via Brittany Spears.
posted by mefireader at 12:03 AM on February 22, 2021 [2 favorites]

posted by mefireader at 7:06 AM on February 22, 2021

I knew that "Driver's License" was a thing, but I didn't really get it, and I loved the sketch that actually didn't make fun of the song or young women. Bowen Yang's dancing, thank you. I needed it.
posted by gladly at 7:45 AM on February 22, 2021 [2 favorites]

I liked this episode but I can't remember much of it. I really liked Ego in the driver's seat for "Loco," which was a good pre-recorded item. Pete Davidson is indeed getting better, so much so that I wonder if his issues earlier were from pressure to act, or that acting characters is a way to alleviate those issues.

I understood the Britney episode connection 30 seconds into the episode, but, eh, whaddya gonna do. It would have been cool to see, maybe someday I'll have Peacock. I hope Chloe becomes central enough that she doesn't wash out, though she would probably land nicely in the mainstream like Casey Wilson or Nasim Pedrad.

They had two sketches with a lot of people, Grace had 9 and the sea chanty one had 11! And they were both pretty good! I'd really like to see them try some 8min sketches with some development, and I think there's enough actual-acting talent in the cast for it.

Another nice thing was that they ran the "Kenan" pilot after the episode here instead of the usual "local travels" show, which was nice. It'll probably pause for retooling 4-6 episodes in, but I hope he can pull off the dramedy model for it and Chris Redd is a strong #2 either way. Don Johnson is even funny as the "Timothy Busfield."
posted by rhizome at 12:27 PM on February 22, 2021 [1 favorite]

"Loco" with Ego Nwodim was amazing. It was such a catchy song and perfectly captured a specific pandemic experience. Bad Bunny as the gyrating plant was chef's kiss. It seems like Ego is really thriving in the SNL ecosystem.

I thought the Actor's Spotlight with Kenan playing Ice Cube faking a British accent was SO GOOD. Kenan is the only person who could actually make that work, plus everyone else seemed to be having such a good time. I need to check out the pilot of his new show. He deserves a lucrative sitcom.

This is the first episode I saw much of Andrew Dismukes. He seemed pretty forgettable - there are other cast members who do the "awkward nerdy white guy" schtick really well, Kyle Mooney and Mikey Day particularly, and I'm unclear what he brings to the cast. I'm rooting for his fellow newcomers, Lauren Holt and Punkie Johnson, to get just as many chances to break through.
posted by rogerroger at 1:01 PM on February 22, 2021

Another episode where they spend way too much time drooling over how hot the host is. It's always icky and I wish they'd stop it. But next week is some Jonas brother so they'll probably do it yet again.

Heidi Gardner played a community organizer in a WU bit, and the joke wasn't about how she's an entitled Becky! That was nice.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 7:47 PM on February 22, 2021 [2 favorites]

But, my Dog, the screaming from the audience just about ruined it for me. Guess I'm just a crabby old curmudgeon now.

The audience was really over the top in this show, which was only nice for me because the audience is so teeny compared to non-COVID-era audiences. But yeah, it was distracting.

This was definitely a sultry episode in some ways between Page and Bad Bunny and Rosalia's chemistry. But I felt like they gave Page more range than, say, the Jason Momoa show or the Kit Harington episode. I do like the larger ensemble pieces, and we've seen a lot more of them. Agree entirely that Ego seems to be really getting more central roles and she's great in all of them.

I'm unclear what he brings to the cast

I've seen some of his standup and he draws a lot from his Cajun background and had some funny stuff related to that, I don't think SNL has quite figured out how to use that, though I think he does "young guy" better than most of the male cast members, he's 11 years younger than Kyle or Beck.

Bad Bunny may be the first musical act I heard on SNL for the first time and thought "Oh hey I should find some of their music, I liked that...."
posted by jessamyn at 8:32 PM on February 22, 2021 [2 favorites]

Dismukes was on the bench the first half of the seaosn, and the past two shows he's been getting mad airtime. Probably there were just good enough opportunities to get some idea where he fits in the white-guy pantheon. Right now, it's the post-adolescent tall awkward nerd in some places, like an earlier Kyle but less edgy; in others it's like later Pete, the dumb tall townie trope. But I think he has good timing and an elastic enough face, and he's got about the best seat available to learn from the pros, and he is taking advantage of it bigtime, you can tell. He'll mature into a memorable cast member.

Whereas Bowen and Chloe came in already fully formed, it'll take Lauren and Punkie more time to get a voice of their own. But I have seen enough of them to know that I like them and they shouldn't be expendable.

What I'm wondering is who they're going to drop, who's going to leave on their own accord, and who they will hire next season. My bet is that we will see no new hires, but some old-timers will finally move on. Maybe Kate, Aidy, Cecily, they all really deserve to have vehicles of their own. Chloe and Bowen are already repertories as far as I care, and the other featured players need more time to develop, but aren't invisible like Milhiser, Rudnitsky, or Wells or Null, recently.

And with the further diversification of streams and content needed to fill them, I am not surprised that SNL people are landing a lot of side gigs, but what I am surprised about is how well they are being received. not to bash Caddyshack or Animal House or Billy Murray's fine career—and definitely to bash Deuce Bigalow and Night at the Roxbury—but a show like Barry or Brooklyn 99, just the first two that popped to the top of my head, those are going to hold up a lot better than Wayne's World and stuff. (Maybe not Anchorman). But for all the SHIT that COULD be pumping out of the SNL fame machine now (or, silence), the alumnae and current longtimers are exciting to watch as they grow, and will have long post-SNL careers ahead of them, whether it be in sitcoms or movies or whatever.

(Oh, by the way, Tiffany Haddish's new season of They Ready is up on Netflix, and Dean Edwards gets a 20-minute set and time in the final roundtable episode. It kinda struck me like SNL wasn't concerned about developing talent before—either you already had IT or you didn't—so much as it is now. Look at Pete and how he's developed. Leslie was starting to as well. (I think Supermarket Sweep is definitely the winner of that defection.)

Amyway, so many people, so much talent. I am glad that they are not under so much SCRUTINY now. And by the way, speaking as a secular, bar-mitzvah'd Jew, I will defend Michael Che's joke about Israel being dicks about touting their own vax successes while practicing aggressive apartheid during a pandemic. NOT AN ANTI-SEMITIC JOKE.

Now I'm going to youtube-up some Brooks Wheelan because I miss him inordinately.
posted by not_on_display at 8:47 PM on February 22, 2021 [3 favorites]

> I haven't see Britney speak enough to know if it was a good impression or not but it seemed good enough to me.

I don't know if C.F.'s dancing was an accurate impression, but it was creative and snappy. She fit a lot of moves into quick throwaways
posted by ASCII Costanza head at 6:12 PM on February 23, 2021

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