Saturday Night Live: Carey Mulligan / Kid Cudi
April 11, 2021 1:28 AM - Season 46, Episode 17 - Subscribe

First ever English host!

  • Cold Open - Morning Show and Chauvin Trial: Ego Nwodim, Kenan Thompson, Alex Moffatt, Kate McKinnon, Chris Redd
  • Monologue: Carey Mulligan, Marcus Mumford
  • What's Wrong With This Picture: Kenan Thompson, Chris Redd, Aidy Bryant, Carey Mulligan
  • Tremfalta IBS: Mikey Day, Carey Mulligan, Aidy Bryant, Kenan Thompson, Lauren Holt
  • Study Buddies: Kate McKinnon, Carey Mulligan, Aidy Bryant
  • Weird Little Flute: Pete Davidson, Chris Redd, Chloe Fineman, Kid Cudi, Aidy Bryant, Timothée Chalamet, Carey Mulligan
  • Kid Cudi- Tequila Shots
  • Weekend Update: Colin Jost, Michael Che
    • Pineapple: Punkie Johnson
    • Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen: Chris Redd, Beck Bennett
    • Titanic Iceberg: Bowen Yang
  • Starcharter Andromeda: Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett, Ego Nwodim, Alex Moffatt, Bowen Yang, Carey Mulligan, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman
  • Lesbian Period Drama: Carey Mulligan, Heidi Gardner, Alex Moffatt, Beck Bennett, Kate McKinnon
  • The War in Words: Mikey Day, Carey Mulligan
  • Kid Cudi - Sad People
  • L'Eggs: Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Andrew Dismukes, Aidy Bryant, Carey Mulligan, Heidi Gardner
posted by rhizome (16 comments total)
First ever English host!

....Daniel Kaluuya was host only just last week....
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:25 AM on April 11, 2021

Oh, just watched the monologue. that's the joke.

posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:34 AM on April 11, 2021 [1 favorite]

Lesbian Advice? Kate's character was named Josh and Aidy's character was named Jason. I think they were playing nerdy and awkward teen boys.
posted by Stanczyk at 7:56 AM on April 11, 2021 [4 favorites]

The sketches weren't great. The first few made me think the show was being written by a bunch of 9th grade boys.

I loved "Weird Little Flute." Nice and bizarre. Lesbian Period Drama was also very good.

Cudi in a dress for the second performance! Normalize wearing whatever the fuck you want.

Had Chris Redd played Obama before? I thought he was pretty good at it. I wouldn't mind seeing the adventures of Barry and Bruce more often.
posted by bondcliff at 8:12 AM on April 11, 2021 [3 favorites]

Weird Little Flute and Bowen Yang's Titanic iceberg were the standouts for me.

A lot of the rest was meh.
posted by gaspode at 10:39 AM on April 11, 2021 [2 favorites]

Yeah, the teens in the bedroom skit was called Study Buddies, and i'm pretty sure they were supposed to be awkward nerdy boys.

I'm certain it's because I have a sometimes dramatic teenager at home, but I found myself laughing out loud at Study Buddies, the Star Trek spinoff and L'eggs. Weirdly teen themed episode but it got to me.

And yes, the Iceberg kinda stole the show.
posted by OHenryPacey at 10:40 AM on April 11, 2021

The cold open was very proficient.

Redd lighting it up this episode. I really liked his Obama, hit the cadence right. Prosthetic ears?

Mulligan is cute as a button, great supporting-style host.

Gardner feels like, excuse the sportsball term, a "glue guy" - last week she and Yang (?) shared an outfit in the close out (and previously, matching glittery shoes, matching masks, etc.), this time she had some funky socks.
posted by porpoise at 12:48 PM on April 11, 2021

Cudi in a dress for the second performance! Normalize wearing whatever the fuck you want.

We’re all flying our freak flags and it’s magnificent.
posted by Guy Smiley at 1:26 PM on April 11, 2021 [1 favorite]

Stanczyk and OHenryPacey are right; Kate and Aidy were playing adolescent boys.

Did anyone else find the Starcharter Andromeda to end weirdly/quickly? That was a lot of cast to be involved for something that was just "throw 'em in the airlock" for a quick ending. It felt like someone accidentally skipped a chunk of dialogue. Also, watching this and the "What's Wrong With This Picture?" I'm reminded of Samurai Delicatessen and how no matter what wild stuff Belushi did, Buck Henry was unfazed, and I think that was funnier than how SNL seems to rely on badly/weirdly behaved people with everyone is agog. They just go to that well far too often.

Bowen Yang's iceberg bit was written and performed well, and Chris Redd continues to delight me.

And if we're normalizing men wearing dresses (which I'm good with), CAN we normalize wearing L'eggs hose again for those who wish to do so? Because I, for one, prefer a year-round, silky, tanned leg without ever having to go outside and resent millennials having cowed my generation out of doing so.
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 2:27 PM on April 11, 2021 [4 favorites]

adolescent boys

On reflection, I kind of have to give them some kudos not crossing the line beyond well intentioned and intelligent but completely clueless boys and... ugh, fedora wearing m'lady types. Aidy's character, in particular, knew and admitted to the limits of their experience/ knowledge.

I can see pantyhose/ stockings falling out of fashion in response to progressiveness similar to the backlash against requiring skirts and heels (in the office, for servers at restaurants, etc.). Plus, they're an additional expense due to low durability. Personally I'm a fan, but definitely not as a requirement.

But it's interesting seeing the timing somewhat overlap with the rise of opaque leggings/ tight yoga pants.
posted by porpoise at 3:57 PM on April 11, 2021 [1 favorite]

They will pry my pantyhose off my cold, dead legs. I don’t bother with shaving my legs, and I’m naturally blonde so I can fake a sleek leg with hosiery. Hosiery and dresses for all who want them!

Kid Ruki had recorded the Tonight Show episode with Pete Davidson earlier this week, and we watched it yesterday. I swear he left the taping, which involved a weird little flute and a mention of Timmy Chalomet, and ran right upstairs to write that sketch. (With Chris Redd! Who was definitely in the sketch no matter what the internet says!) I’m still singing it!
posted by Ruki at 4:00 PM on April 11, 2021

....Daniel Kaluuya was host only just last week....

It was a joke in the monologue.

"Study Buddies"

OK, my mistake. I usually check the official titles and this placeholder slipped through. Maybe I can get a mod to change it.
posted by rhizome at 4:11 PM on April 11, 2021 [2 favorites]

This episode was... fine, not as many high points for me as last week's, but it was fun watching Bowen Yang's iceberg and the Weird Little Flute video. I especially loved how enthusiastic Kid Cudi was in WLF. It has been an embarrassingly long time since I listened to any Kid Cudi but I remember thinking of him as more of a chilled-out, stoner musician so his energetic goofiness was a fun surprise.

Why are they doing so many versions of the History Channel "War in Words" sketch? It was a funny premise the first time but it seems like the same sketch each time.

Study Buddies was fun due to Kate McKinnon's character work. I was stunned at how perfectly she captured a certain teenage boy persona and how it wasn't meanspirited. I wasn't as into Aidy's boy character (it kind of seemed like just Aidy being goofy).

I was glad that Punkie Johnson got a bit in Weekend Update, and her stripper character was a very different character than I'd seen her play before. I really hope she finds her footing. The cast seems so huge right now, I can't imagine trying to break in and find your niche.

On a last note, Ego Nwodim did a really interesting interview on the Higher Learning podcast last week, both talking about her upbringing (what a versatile person, to be choosing between med school and comedy) and about backlash to last week's skit about coronavirus hesitancy in the Black community. Would highly recommend listening.
posted by rogerroger at 5:14 PM on April 11, 2021

I haven't seen most of the episode but saw the "Lesbian Period Drama" commercial linked from twitter and I laughed quite loudly at it in places.
posted by rmd1023 at 7:19 PM on April 11, 2021 [1 favorite]

Cudi in a dress for the second performance! Normalize wearing whatever the fuck you want.

There's actually a story behind it - Cudi chose that specific dress because it was the anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, and the dress had a similar pattern to a shirt Kurt often wore. ...He also wore a Kurt-esque green cardigan over his Chris Farley t-shirt earlier in the evening.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:47 AM on April 12, 2021 [5 favorites]

I was wondering! I saw the sweater and I was like "That is an odd 90s choice for the man...."
posted by jessamyn at 7:22 PM on April 14, 2021

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