Saturday Night Live: Jerrod Carmichael / Gunna
April 3, 2022 12:54 PM - Season 47, Episode 16 - Subscribe

The least famous host in SNL history.

  • Cold Open - Fox & Friends: Alex Moffatt, Heidi Gardner, Mikey Day, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, James Austin Johnson
  • Monologue: Jerrod Carmichael
  • Is My Brain OK?: Kate McKinnon, Jerrod Carmichael, Sarah Sherman, Bowen Yang, Chris Redd
  • Short-Ass Movie: Pete Davidson, Gunna, Chris Redd, James Austin Johnson, Dirt Nasty
  • Rhylee Rainbowlocks: Cecily Strong, Mikey Day, Alex Moffatt, Jerrod Carmichael
  • Seat Fillers: Jerrod Carmichael, Chris Redd, Kyle Mooney
  • Gunna - Banking On Me
  • Weekend Update: Michael Che, Colin Jost
    • Marsha Blackburn: Cecily Strong
    • OJ Simpson: Kenan Thompson
  • Scattering Remains: Kyle Mooney, Heidi Gardner, James Austin Johnson, Jerrod Carmichael, Andrew Dismukes
  • Cousin Bradford: Kyle Mooney, Heidi Gardner, Ego Nwodim, Jerrod Carmichael
  • Gunna - pushin P (feat. Future)
  • Osh Kosh F*gosh: Bowen Yang, Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, Chloe Fineman, Jerrod Carmichael, Andrew Dismukes
Cut for time: Please Don't Destroy - Three Normal Goths

Letterboxd list of all the movies mentioned in "Short-Ass Movie"
posted by rhizome (31 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I already said this in the Oscars thread, but I think Jost/Che were really nailing it on The Slap. I really enjoyed their making fun of the whole thing in this episode. Seat Filler was also pretty hilarious. And of course OJ had to share his thoughts.

I am not a fan of cremation--in all honesty, scattering ashes and all the stuff I' see happening to them on television squicks me out--but "oh, we just chucked the body down there" certainly surprised me!
posted by jenfullmoon at 1:05 PM on April 3, 2022

Jerrod Carmichael, who I had not heard of before now, was very charming and funny, much funnier than the rest of the episode. I'm inspired to seek out his comedy specials.

The Scattering Remains sketch seems like a 10-to-1:00 bit that got promoted, and good for it. The Osh Kosh F*gosh sketch felt too broad for 10-to-1:00, but I did enjoy having to explain what "TERF" mean to my SO. I normally love Kyle Mooney's awkward humor but Cousin Bradford really dragged. Is My Brain Okay? was the highlight of the night for me. "You knew what this was in 2019, now it's a farm bicycle."
posted by ejs at 1:55 PM on April 3, 2022

During the monologue I was thinking is going to be pretty weird for people to watch in re-runs with just the vague referencing, but with the rest of the episode I think people will be able to figure it out from context.

Of course, the actual least famous host in SNL history was contest-winner Miskel Spillman, any doll maker would know that.
posted by ckape at 1:57 PM on April 3, 2022 [10 favorites]

Ha, loved that repetition of "any doll maker would know that" or "it's doll making 101, really."
posted by ejs at 1:59 PM on April 3, 2022 [2 favorites]

Pretty good run from the monologue to the end of weekend update. I loved the doll sketch.
posted by Catblack at 2:09 PM on April 3, 2022 [1 favorite]

I thought it started out promising and then the later on the sketches got a bit worse. I'd never heard of the guy, and I even had trouble hearing him when he mentioned his special so I still don't really know who he is or why he was there. I guess he's a stand up comedian? He was good, in any event. Almost reminded me of someone who could just be a cast member. I'll keep an eye out for him.

They had to mention The Slap, of course, though I'm not sure they needed to mention it in three separate parts of the show.

I really liked Is My Brain Ok. Really liking Sarah Sherman. She reminds me a bit of Gilda Radner.
posted by bondcliff at 2:13 PM on April 3, 2022 [1 favorite]

Really good episode, we thought! Carmichael was great; it’s a treat when a real entertainer with, you know, talent hosts the show. I thought Cecily Strong was extra, well, strong this episode. Love Andrew Dismukes!
posted by Don.Kinsayder at 3:07 PM on April 3, 2022

Jerrod Carmichael's monologue was great! I was vaguely aware he existed from The Carmichael Show (which I don't think I saw, but I knew it existed), but now I am a fan and I am going to go look up his stand-up!

My kids were dying at "Is My Brain Okay?" (I also really liked it.)

I felt Short-Ass Movie in my soul. I'm constantly like "I am obviously not paying attention for over two hours, so I guess I'm not watching this movie!"
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 4:05 PM on April 3, 2022 [6 favorites]

I really appreciated the sentiment behind 'Is My Brain OK?' and it mostly clicked, but not 100%.

My gawd, I enjoyed 'Rhylee Rainbowlocks.' Especially with Moffatt tucking in the rainbow bush under the bathing suit.

Inappropriate? Sure. But it amused me.
posted by porpoise at 4:30 PM on April 3, 2022

That kid had the tightest monologue opening I've seen in a long time. He reminded my partner and I of Josh Johnson a bit, but more charming. I'll have to look into his special eventually, I'm sure. He was funny and his timing was perfect.

And he fit right in with the sketches, which were mostly okay (a little less wincey Kyle pls) and the musical guest was good as far as that grandkids' music today goes. GUNNA AT LEAST HAD A BAND! {shaking fist}... Anyway, something seemed to fall apart at the end of the Gunna + Future song, like it was timed wierd, or something.

It was good to see Pete appear again, and right in the pocket with Gunna and Chris. I had no idea until now who Dirt Nasty was (now I do, I get that guy's schtick, I think), but he was an added wierd bonus to that whole thing. I agree: movies should be under 2:00. I didn't watch King of Staten Island. Dirt Nasty reminds me like if Jason Bateman or Bradley Cooper decided to morph into something like "OlDirtyBastard2022" or someone.

And Hey what, Che's leaving! I always liked him, except when he was punching down—but he was always funny, and I also liked that he matured on the show, punched down fewer and fewer times and became much more cutting and terse—kinda like watching Pete grow into himself over the years, that was what watching Che evolve has been like, only much more subtly. It never hit me how long Che and Jost have been the only anchors we've seen since ... uhhhh ... Cecily Strong and Colin Who replaced ... uhhhh ... Seth Myers? FFS! SETH MYERS. Isn't he, like, seventy? Like wasnt Amy Poehler and Jimmy Fallon in the eighties?

...o they're all my age. shit amy went to high school two towns away from me...

My sweetie and I also remarked that, even though we usually have little idea before any given show beforehand who the host ant musical guest are—not schedule-wise, but just, "Was this kid in a movie? a series?"—simply based on the jokes themselves, we're still the target demographic. Good Morning Vietnam? I wonder if my kid's seen that, and he's in his twenties. Maybe he'd have heard the phrase. I mean, it was a good movie. Maybe he's seen it. ANYWAY!

...o I just returned from a trip to Arizona, and I confused Fox News person Steve Doocy with AZ Governor Doug Ducey. I just learned something by Wikipediing each of them!

Anyway, great host, where's Melissa, fun guest and fun music video. Nothing to get really offended about or for or at. I larfd A-minus. a high a-minus.
posted by not_on_display at 11:17 PM on April 3, 2022

I just watched Rothaniel this weekend and it's something y'all.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:32 AM on April 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

Everybody saying "I've never heard of him" is in for a treat - definitely check out his standup specials. I haven't seen the new one yet, but 8 is fantastic.
posted by Ragged Richard at 10:23 AM on April 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

I just watched Rothaniel this weekend and it's something y'all.

"Directed by Bo Burnham" innnteresting
posted by rhizome at 10:35 AM on April 4, 2022

I did not know that, but it is very much directed by Bo Burnham.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on April 4, 2022

o I just returned from a trip to Arizona, and I confused Fox News person Steve Doocy with AZ Governor Doug Ducey. I just learned something by Wikipediing each of them!

I knew it!

Agree entirely, such a good opening monologue. I have been rooting for more Aristotle but this week was not his week. And is Punkie out for some reason? I didn't notice if she was in the ending goodbyes or not. I liked Awkward Kyle in Seat Fillers and couldn't stand him in Cousin Bradford. Like there are just so many times you can handle sketches about awkward white dudes making it all about them when in your real life awkward white dudes make it all about them!

The My Brain sketch was so relatable. I, too, would prefer more time in my apartment over a trip to Hawaii and I appreciate Sarah Sherman bringing the weird into it. And Chris's small part was just so spot on.

pushin P seemed like it ended quickly, but it was cool to see Future. I noticed in the end he's a lot taller than Gunna so I wonder if Gonna was wearing taller shoes for that song?

Glad Michael Che is moving on but I hope there is someone who is good at rounding out Colin's extreme whitebreadness.
posted by jessamyn at 10:49 AM on April 4, 2022

Glad Michael Che is moving on

Che says he's not really leaving.
posted by Etrigan at 11:10 AM on April 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

The My Brain sketch was so relatable.

See, I kind of felt the opposite. Seemed very first-wave-of-the-pandemic/late-stage-of-full-quarantine kind of humor to me. I just don't believe these young, fully-vaxxed, working entertainment professionals are still having these "Ow, my brain is so bad!" types of feelings this late into the game. Might be just me, however.
posted by Atom Eyes at 1:52 PM on April 4, 2022

One way I appreciate it is that Long COVID is extremely not a part of the public conversation, so for them to raise it like this is good. Heck, that may have been a Jerrod idea, seeing how the cast has only come up with hanging-out-with-people-again takes.
posted by rhizome at 3:00 PM on April 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

(It's quite possible I missed that the sketch was specifically about long covid instead of just the general pandemic malaise, as I might have been well into my cups by the time that sketch aired)
posted by Atom Eyes at 3:08 PM on April 4, 2022

I don't think that had anything to do with long Covid and all about just being locked in and your brain going to mush.
posted by geoff. at 4:28 PM on April 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

It was a very pleasant surprise to be introduced to such a charming new talent as Jerrod Carmichael (on SNL of all places!).
posted by fairmettle at 10:33 PM on April 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

I like Che and Jost sometimes but I didn't like their take on the slap. I know visually it might look progressive to see those two together but the jokes were tiredly sexist. Those jokes were also made by others as soon as the event happened.

As with Bill Maher, it's a tricky thing to comment on something that ran out of juice a week before you got to it. They did alright with the seat filler sketch, though it could have been tighter/snappier and Will's voice sounded off.

Jerrod's monologue was the best bit. Very old school and delivered like a stand-up. Reminded me of Murphy. I really couldn't believe that Lorne let Jerrod take the piss out of him. That takes some balls on Jerrod's part. Lorne is like a cross between Don Corleone and an emotionally abusive father.
posted by ihaveyourfoot at 12:38 AM on April 6, 2022

"If you set the clock ahead, you don't have to be alive as long" had me laughing to tears. the mood is real
posted by FatherDagon at 2:16 PM on April 6, 2022 [4 favorites]

CNN story: Netflix introduces new "Short-Ass Movies" category after Pete Davidson sketch.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:37 PM on April 6, 2022 [1 favorite]

I didn't notice anything other than it was less than 2min long, but I'm not familiar with his music. OK, I just rewatched it and the original. Could it be he threw the gig because he was disrespected by the show staff? Has anybody on Gunna's side said anything? I mean nobody's gonna mistake either of them for Rakim at any rate, but still there's basically nothing at all going on in the performance and it definitely seems like they got the hook.
posted by rhizome at 1:46 AM on April 9, 2022 [1 favorite]

Honestly I think I was changing my kid's pull-up during that performance I and recall commenting to my kid at how terrible that performance was. Like it was more poopy-d than my kid's diaper, y'know?
posted by Catblack at 9:01 PM on April 9, 2022

> One of the Worst SNL Performances Ever

...spoken in the voice of the Comic Book Store Guy from the Simpsons...
posted by not_on_display at 11:16 PM on April 9, 2022

...spoken in the voice of the Comic Book Store Guy from the Simpsons...

What's that supposed to mean ?
posted by Pendragon at 3:15 PM on April 14, 2022

> What's that supposed to mean ?

Sorry bout that. Was just hearing the "Worst _____ Ever" trope in my mind voiced by the Simpson's Comic Book Store Owner character. Probably should have left it in my head rather than hit the "Post Comment" button. Didn't mean to point that at you.

And I agree: that last Gunna/Future song seemed prematurely faded out, and uninspired to begin with..
posted by not_on_display at 8:15 PM on April 14, 2022 [1 favorite]

B: "What is Thursday?"
K: "Nope. And you don't have to phrase it as a question."
posted by bendy at 3:19 PM on April 22, 2022

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