Saturday Night Live: Zoë Kravitz / Rosalía
March 13, 2022 6:01 PM - Season 47, Episode 15 - Subscribe

First-time host

  • Cold Open - White House with TikTok'ers: James Austin Johnson, Kate McKinnon, Chloe Fineman, Aidy Bryant, Melissa Villaseñor, Andrew Dismukes, Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, Bowen Yang
  • Monologue: Zoë Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Ego Nwodim, Aidy Bryant, Chris Redd
  • Wedding Toasts: Chris Redd, Mikey Day, Kyle Mooney, Cecily Strong, Zoë Kravitz, Aristotle Athari
  • Amazon Go: James Austin Johnson, Heidi Gardner, Alex Moffatt, Chloe Fineman, Kenan Thompson, Ego Nwodim, Punkie Johnson, Andrew Dismukes, Zoë Kravitz, Chris Redd
  • Date Advice: Zoë Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant
  • Princess and the Frog: Cecily Strong, Zoë Kravitz, Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, Andrew Dismukes
  • Please Don't Destroy - Lost Cat: Writers, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano
  • Memorial Video: Ego Nwodim, Kenan Thompson, Zoë Kravitz, Chris Redd
  • Rosalía - Lip Syncing
  • Weekend Update: Michael Che, Colin Jost
    • Oscars with Terry Fink: Alex Moffatt
    • Dan Bulldozer: Kyle Mooney
  • Word Crunch: Andrew Dismukes, Zoë Kravitz, Aidy Bryant, Sarah Sherman, Aristotle Athari
  • Rosalía - More Lip Syncing
  • Marching Band Song: Bowen Yang, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Zoë Kravitz, Heidi Gardner, Andrew Dismukes
posted by rhizome (13 comments total)
Zoë was great throughout, especially in Wedding Toasts.
Date Advice was fun, if just for the genderplay.
I really wish they’d stop with the Please Don’t Destroy pieces. They just aren’t very good.
Neither of the feature sets in WU hit for me. Film critic watches film while tripping? Uh huh. Yawwwn. And I never really got what Dan Bulldozer was even about.

Probably a B- show. Maybe a strong C+?
posted by Thorzdad at 6:45 PM on March 13, 2022 [1 favorite]

Ha! Kyle Mooney in a body suit on WU! Nice. Dan Bulldozer is about the self-aggrandizing influencer/ self-help types. The payoff was Che asking him if he's happy.

Word Crunch worked for me when they started flogging the horse.
posted by porpoise at 10:09 PM on March 13, 2022

Decent episode. I wasn't familiar with the host or musical guest going in and they were both ok. I really liked the first musical performance a lot. Even if they were lip syncing which I'm pretty sure every SNL musical guest does at this point.

Another TikTok sketch where I don't know the platform so I didn't know what was a parody and what was just made up. I do love an ensemble piece so I liked it anyway.

I enjoyed the cat women monologue very much.

I dunno, the Please Don't Destroy videos are fun and bizarre. I liked this one. I don't know that we need to have one every week but they're the sort of wacky thing I enjoy from SNL.

Can't stop saying "mom hole."

Date Advice was cute.

Seemed like another show with a limited cast? Or maybe there was just a lot of Kate? I love Kate and I assume sometimes some cast members just click with certain hosts and maybe it's not a bad thing if they show up in more sketches as a result.

Second (third) week with no Pete. Is he too busy training to go up in Bezos' penis rocket?
posted by bondcliff at 12:25 PM on March 14, 2022

Pretty good episode.

At least half of the lifestyle Instagram bros went nuts when COVID caused the shutdown of gyms. They seriously went bananas and started spouting all kinds of anti- . . . everything mouth noise.
posted by Don.Kinsayder at 12:26 PM on March 14, 2022 [3 favorites]

If that's what Dan Bulldozer is referencing, that's an impressively obscure reference that I'm not sure will have enough "teeth" to survive. Maybe also a test for voice changing and that muscle suit.
posted by rhizome at 4:48 PM on March 14, 2022

From reddit, Dan Bulldozer was apparently a take on Dan Bilzerian. So it's even more obscure than that.

Kyle seems lost on this show without Beck Bennett.
posted by Gary at 5:08 PM on March 14, 2022 [2 favorites]

Like Oscar Isaac the week before, I thought Zoe Kravitz fit right in with the cast to the point that I could see her being a member of the ensemble. I enjoy the show a lot more whenever the host is part of the festivities and not just shoehorned into bits. She nailed the wedding toast sketch all on her own, and stood out in the Word Crunch sketch, too.

The Please Don't Destroy segments are very hit-or-miss, and this one felt like a miss.

Kyle seems lost on this show without Beck Bennett.
I found myself wishing for Beck to show up in several sketches this week.
posted by briank at 6:39 AM on March 15, 2022

Rosalía - More Lip Syncing

Daaang! Haha... I honestly thought she was singing live. Why would she need to lip if she wasn't doing anything except standing around in giant clothes?

I enjoyed Zoe Kravitz as host; she was really game and made the "MOMHOLE" repetition funnier than it should have been.

I liked the Please Don't Destroy segment. So far I haven't gotten tired of the token zingers about them being losers but once they start really attracting the SNL stans I'll be curious to see where they go.
posted by Recliner of Rage at 9:08 AM on March 15, 2022 [1 favorite]

I liked this episode a decent amount. I didn't know if the TikTok references were specific or general but they were still dumb fun and Kate's Psaki was pretty good.

I like the Please Don't Destroy bits as just weird set pieces where the general idea is "Three nerd writers in a room, how much can they come up with" and I like how they are often bizarre. The emotional arc of them is always so predictable that they're like potato chip sketches for me. And the Paul Dano cameo made me laugh.

I thought Kravitz did a really great job and the ten-to-one sketch was better than it had any right to be. Agree that Kyle seems a bit adrift. It seemed like most of the cast were around (except Pete who I think is working on a movie) but just had small parts. I think Artistotle maybe said three words in the whole Word Crunch bit, I liked seeing more of Dismukes who I think is a talent, and it's funny seeing how he can wedge some Cajun content into the show from time to time. Date Advice is a replayed bit that I have liked both times.

As far as lip syncing, I think it's more like they sing along with their own backing track. Like there's live singing happening, it's just unclear how much of it the home audience gets. I liked both her songs, hadn't heard about her before.
posted by jessamyn at 10:39 AM on March 15, 2022 [1 favorite]

Wedding Toasts was by far my favorite sketch this week -- and yes, Kravitz was great.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:26 AM on March 16, 2022

I rather enjoyed the lost cat sketch, but that's probably because I've had so many cats where you have to go looking for them for some reason, and they're just nowhere, you turn the place upside-down looking for their hiding space and it turns out they've cut a hole in the underside of your couch and have crawled up inside the underbelly. Or one time, it turned out the cat was in my neighbor's house.
posted by mrgoat at 12:22 PM on March 16, 2022 [4 favorites]

For people unfamiliar with Rosalía's catalog, Con Altura is pop fun, but for straight up art, Malamente is striking - Billboard named it one of the defining songs of the 2010's.
posted by BlueBlueElectricBlue at 2:42 PM on March 17, 2022 [2 favorites]

for straight up art, Malamente is striking

DEFINITELY, the whole album (El mal querer) is truly remarkable.
posted by LooseFilter at 5:32 PM on March 17, 2022 [1 favorite]

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