Saturday Night Live: Jake Gyllenhaal / Camila Cabello
April 10, 2022 1:46 PM - Season 47, Episode 17 - Subscribe

Important statistic: the 11th host with more than 15 years between first and second appearances.

  • Cold Open - KBJ: James Austin Johnson, Ego Nwodim, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Punkie Johnson, Chris Redd
  • Monologue: Jake Gyllenhaal, Cecily Strong, Chloe Fineman, Ego Nwodim
  • Why'd You Like It?: Kenan Thompson, Chloe Fineman, Chris Redd, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ego Nwodim
  • Dream Home Cousins: Mikey Day, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heidi Gardner, James Austin Johnson, Kate McKinnon
  • The Singers Four: Mikey Day, Kate McKinnon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bowen Yang, Cecily Strong
  • Garden: Kenan Thompson, Sarah Sherman, Cecily Strong, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Redd, Bowen Yang, Kyle Mooney
  • Chucky HR Meeting: Ego Nwodim, Chloe Fineman, Melissa Villaseñor, Sarah Sherman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Aidy Bryant
  • Camila Cabello - Bam Bam
  • Weekend Update: Michael Che, Colin Jost
    • Trend Forecasters: Aidy Bryant, Bowen Yang
  • Doc Holliday: Cecily Strong, Kyle Mooney, Kenan Thompson, Alex Moffatt, Andrew Dismukes, Mikey Day, Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Therapist: Punkie Johnson, Heidi Gardner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ego Nwodim
  • Camila Cabello - Psychofreak feat. Willow Smith
  • Truck Stop: Ego Nwodim, Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cecily Strong, Andrew Dismukes, Melissa Villaseñor
Cut for time:
posted by rhizome (14 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This episode made me laugh more than the usual, probably because it embraced weirdness more than usual. Not just the overtly weird stuff like the Chucky sketch (loved those uncanny special effects, and the piling-on of Janet), but more subtle stuff like the game show sketch having a Tom Stoppardesque undercurrent that the contestants don’t know why they’re there and can’t leave.
posted by ejs at 2:30 PM on April 10 [2 favorites]

Lots of singing in this one.
posted by Don.Kinsayder at 2:58 PM on April 10

Doc Holliday was hilarious.

The Singers Four felt like they were making fun of me personally.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 3:08 PM on April 10 [2 favorites]

I liked it quite a bit. It may not be the best episode of the season, but it had that rare trait of no dud sketches.
posted by rhizome at 5:47 PM on April 10 [2 favorites]

Aidy Bryant is on FIRE. Always love her with Yang on WU.

My respect continues to grow for James Austin Johnson.

'Doc Holiday' was well done.

Agreed, strong episode. I think keeping all the skits short (Short-Ass Movie Skits!) helps.

"Lots of singing in this one."

Jake Gyllenhaal seems like a good egg and carries the singing well. The years (and makeup) have been kind to him.
posted by porpoise at 7:06 PM on April 10 [2 favorites]

Trend Forecasters has a bit of a Stefan feel to it. Be a bit wacky and name three funny things. Honestly sometimes that's all I need in a WU bit. Love those two.

I liked Why'd You Like It?. Gameshows are SNL standards but they're almost always early in the night and done well.

I often find myself tuning out of sketches if they're not holding my interest right off the bat and I did that with The Singers Four but I came back around and started enjoying it.

Dream Home Cousins was good. Kate being a bizarre old lady always gets me.
posted by bondcliff at 7:31 PM on April 10 [3 favorites]

I love the Trend Forecasters so much.

“Mike… You’re so beautiful, but so stupid.”

“Why are you sending them all to bed?” “Because they have to be up early to catch a flight… STRAIGHT TO HELL!!”

And that ending! Chef’s kiss.
posted by ejs at 9:05 PM on April 10 [4 favorites]

I felt like around 75% of the sketches in this episode could have been 12:50 sketches, and I mean that as a good thing.
posted by Ragged Richard at 9:47 AM on April 11 [3 favorites]

I did not get The Singers Four at all. I had no clue what I was watching or why it might be funny. Didn’t really care for the Chucky skit, either (though I did like the interstitial showing the crew in green bodysuits walking the doll across the restroom floor.) Trend Forecasters seemed like a pretty by-the-book SNL bit, and left me feeling like I’d seen it before more than a few times.

Doc Holliday and Garden were pretty funny.

Why’d You Like It? was solid and funny, as was Dream Home Cousins. My wife watches a lot of those HGTV home-reno shows, and I’ve long thought the genre was ripe for a good satirical take.
posted by Thorzdad at 10:14 AM on April 11 [1 favorite]

This felt like older school SNL stuff in some ways. I always love the "covered in gore" sketches. I felt like more of the sketches were shorter which I think works better with SNLs thing. I was surprised at so much singing but it seemed to mostly work though The Singers Four was kind of weird in that it was just an odd song with no other plotline. Gyllenhaal did a good job being in wigs and doing different stuff, so good on him. Nothing about Taylor Swift's sweater or the fact that he doesn't shower a lot, which I was pleased at.

Didn't know Camila Cabello at all but I really liked both of her songs. The first one had a good beat and I liked her dancers. The second one was all about Willow Smith who was just terrific. Happy to see Che being goofy in the trends segment and I really like that whole bit. I'm not always really here for Kate's old people characters (they feel very one-notey and ageist) but for some reason the one in Dream Home Cousins made me laugh. I sensed a lot of Sarah Sherman in this episode. Her stuff is not always stuff I like personally but it's almost always stuff I appreciate.
posted by jessamyn at 11:10 AM on April 11 [2 favorites]

I am not a Jake Gyllenhaal fan, so I went in expecting to be annoyed by him, but he was actually really good. Why'd You Like It? and Garden were probably my favorites, but I enjoyed basically every sketch this week.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:13 PM on April 11 [2 favorites]

I sensed a lot of Sarah Sherman in this episode. Her stuff is not always stuff I like personally but it's almost always stuff I appreciate

I think Sherman has found a niche in doing these clips with newly hired shorts director Mike Diva (previous work: Halo Top, Japanese Donald Trump Commercial, Omega Mart, and now SNL 'Meatballs', SNL 'Fisher-Price Podcast Set' (unaired)).

I predict weird things ahead and that's awesome.
posted by JoeZydeco at 6:52 PM on April 12

Sarah Sherman is sporadically on tour for the next several months, ending with SF in September.

The SF event page has some links to her other work, plus a half-hour stand-up special.
posted by rhizome at 11:11 PM on April 12

I also see that Kyle Mooney has a Netflix series called "Saturday Morning All Star Hits!"
posted by rhizome at 7:28 PM on April 15

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