Saturday Night Live: Nick Jonas
February 28, 2021 6:40 PM - Season 46, Episode 14 - Subscribe

First time host and solo performance.

  • Cold Open - So You Think You Can Get the Vaccine: Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffatt, Pete Davidson, Cecily Strong, Heidi Gardner, Ego Nwodim, Melissa Villaseñor, Bowen Yang, Aidy Bryant, Mikey Day
  • Monologue: Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Beck Bennett, Cecily Strong
  • Mirror Workout: Mikey Day, Chris Redd, Nick Jonas, Heidi Gardner, Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson
  • Murder Show: Chloe Fineman, Nick Jonas, Kate McKinnon, Melissa Villaseñor, Ego Nwodim
  • Glass Slipper: Kenan Thompson, Chloe Fineman, Kate McKinnon, Melissa Villaseñor, Cecily Strong, Nick Jonas, Aidy Bryant
  • Boner Next to my Friends: Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, Nick Jonas, Bowen Yang, Alex Moffatt, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Ego Nwodim
  • Nick Jonas - Spaceman
  • Weekend Update: Colin Jost, Michael Che
    • Lavar Ball: Kenan Thompson
    • Marjorie Taylor Greene: Cecily Strong
  • Viking Voyager: Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Nick Jonas, Punkie Johnson
  • The Dionne Warwick Show: Ego Nwodim, Punkie Johnson, Kenan Thompson, Nick Jonas, Andrew Dismukes, Melissa Villaseñor, Pete Davidson, Lauren Holt
  • Nick Jonas - This Is Heaven
  • Quarantine Flirting: Nick Jonas, Kate McKinnon, Lauren Holt, Andrew Dismukes
posted by rhizome (13 comments total)
I thought this was a great episode. I laughed out loud during several sketches. The first song was boring but I thought the second one had a fun 80s vibe. The Dionne Warwick show is really a gem and a great use of a bunch of people for just a minute or two - and the callback to her being scared of Machine Gun Kelly was great.
posted by SeedStitch at 6:12 AM on March 1, 2021 [4 favorites]

I like how they've been leaning into the weird a bit more over the last few shows.
posted by gaspode at 6:36 AM on March 1, 2021 [3 favorites]

This episode was truly delightful. The "Murder Show" bit had me howling, since I've turned to...murder shows during the pandemic. :)
posted by heathrowga at 7:08 AM on March 1, 2021 [3 favorites]

To the Person at SNL Responsible for Giving Ego Nwodim More Screen Time and Better Characters this Season,
Thank you thank you thank you!
Most sincerely,
posted by pjsky at 7:53 AM on March 1, 2021 [8 favorites]

Who let the host dress himself?
posted by Don.Kinsayder at 7:54 AM on March 1, 2021 [3 favorites]

Yeah, Ego has really come into her own this season, and she is great. I love the Dionne Warwick sketches. I think she's more versatile than the other women in the cast, who all fall into the same bits again and again.

I liked the Mirror Workout sketch. It's the kind of sketch that they often try but overdo, and it felt like they did just enough with Kate before it got repetitive. Murder Show and Boner Next To My Friends were nicely juxtaposed. Kenan is always funny as Levar Ball, but I didn't think Cecily did much with Marjorie Taylor Greene. The cold open was a good premise, but weakly executed and felt like an excuse to let Pete do his Andrew Cuomo again without having to carry a whole sketch.
posted by briank at 8:26 AM on March 1, 2021 [2 favorites]

This episode was truly delightful. The "Murder Show" bit had me howling, since I've turned to...murder shows during the pandemic. :)

First the Zillow sketch, now Murder Shows and I'm a little uneasy about the insight SNL has into my life.
posted by gladly at 8:48 AM on March 1, 2021 [6 favorites]

I forgot to mention the excellent animal breaks during this show. First, the cockatoo that fled to Dismukes head during Dionne Warwick, and then the very noisy kitten at the bar.
posted by gladly at 8:50 AM on March 1, 2021 [8 favorites]

This was another episode that feels unmemorable, but I look at the list of sketches and I liked almost all of them! Mirror Workout was good and brought back a bit of the video game thing they were doing a couple? years ago, but I think it deserves some extra credit for actually having an ending.
posted by rhizome at 10:01 AM on March 1, 2021 [1 favorite]

Something about the way MacKinnon-as-Fauci delivered the line "I don't get it. I don't mind saying it, but I don't get it." just made me feel better.
posted by Mogur at 11:42 AM on March 1, 2021 [2 favorites]

For all you Ego Nwodim fans, she makes an occasional appearance on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast (basically interview improv) as various characters.
posted by Marticus at 1:24 PM on March 1, 2021 [3 favorites]

This is good silly bullshit with a few edgy moments built in. Also I like how Che keeps setting up Jost. Everyone's getting a little airtime, and sticking the landings. I am liking the stride the show is in right now.

Nick Jonas is an able host and musical guest. Not much more to say about this except, well done! Certainly not the Bestest Episode Ever, but a good solid show nonetheless.
posted by not_on_display at 11:21 PM on March 1, 2021

Who let the host dress himself?

We were a little bit curious about this. Especially the opener... like was that a jumpsuit sort of like Space 1999? And then a jacket with pockets on the outside and underneath? My best working hypothesis is that he is a sort of out-there weightlifter and he's got weightlifter thighs which means (much like hockey butt) maybe he's got fewer options? Either that or he or his wife have a fashion clothing line they're pushing.

This was a Lavar Ball bit that I liked, before that I wasn't really sure if his kids were actually good at basketball or if the schtick was that he's a promotional dad but the kids aren't all that. Now I get that the kid is actually quite good and also Lavar is funny.

I think the issue with Cecily as MTG is that MTG is abhorrent and Cecily just kinda can't be that awful I don't think and also play it as a comedy? It was kind of like the issue with Baldwin-as-Trump, when done well as an impression it wasn't funny. MTG is, to me, genuinely scary. I think Viking Voyager was the only bit I didn't like. As much as I found it relatable with all the wincy high school stuff, I am getting tired of Sad Sack Kyle (see also the cut for time v day sketch). He's got more range than that but he's playing butt-of-joke awkward nerds too often. I thought Jonas did a good job as host, wore wigs well and has decent timing. I liked his music just fine, wish his backup singers were better lit.
posted by jessamyn at 8:20 PM on March 3, 2021 [1 favorite]

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