Saturday Night Live: Selena Gomez / Post Malone
May 15, 2022 2:58 AM - Season 47, Episode 20 - Subscribe

Both first-timers!

Selena Gomez / Post Malone
  • Cold Open - Depp vs. Heard: Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, Heidi Gardner, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Ego Nwodim, Melissa Villaseñor, Chris Redd
  • Monologue: Selena Gomez, Kyle Mooney, James Austin Johnson, Punkie Johnson
  • Bratz Friends: Heidi Gardner, Sarah Sherman, Kyle Mooney, Bowen Yang, Selena Gomez, Aidy Bryant
  • Old Enough! Longterm Boyfriends: Mikey Day, Selena Gomez, Heidi Gardner, Kenan Thompson
  • A Peek at Pico: Melissa Villaseñor, Selena Gomez, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd
  • Understudies: Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, Mikey Day, Cecily Strong, Selena Gomez, Bowen Yang
  • Deana Beans: Selena Gomez, Steve Martin, Aidy Bryant, James Austin Johnson
  • Post Malone - Cooped Up (w/Roddy Ricch)
  • Weekend Update: Michael Che, Colin Jost
    • Baby Yoda: Kyle Mooney
    • Field Correspondent: Sarah Sherman
  • The Three Daughters: Kenan Thompson, Mikey Day, Aristotle Athari, Ego Nwodim, Selena Gomez, Kate McKinnon
  • Bitch House: Chris Redd, Selena Gomez, Punkie Johnson, Post Malone
  • Guidance Counselors: Aidy Bryant, Ego Nwodim, Bowen Yang, Chris Redd, Melissa Villaseñor, Chloe Fineman, Selena Gomez, Kyle Mooney
  • Post Malone - Love/Hate Letter to Alcohol (w/Fleet Foxes)
  • Baby Monitor: Chloe Fineman, Chris Redd, Bowen Yang, Sarah Sherman, Selena Gomez, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Post Malone
posted by rhizome (13 comments total)
I haven't seen all of this yet, but the premise of Old Enough! Longterm Boyfriends was hilarious.
posted by the primroses were over at 6:57 AM on May 15, 2022 [2 favorites]

Sarah Sherman dropping the prop and Colin Jost losing it was a high point as well
posted by jazon at 11:35 AM on May 15, 2022 [4 favorites]

I won't get too mad, but I feel like the Bratz opportunity was wasted somewhat; it could have been a LOT sharper. Same with the Guidance Counselors.

Old Enough, Bitch House and Deana Beans were the high points, and I think Deana was good enough not to even need Steve.

The opener was entertaining enough, but maybe because I know almost nothing about the trial.

I do think Selena seems like a good head in general though. Checking out of Ex-Teen Hollywood was probably a good decision (forced or not by health), and I've been really wanting to check out the series.
posted by rhizome at 12:16 PM on May 15, 2022

I thought she was a great host. I only really know her from Only Murders in the Building and I liked her in that as well.

This was a pretty good episode. It seems like they used a bit more of the cast than they have been. It wasn't just the Kate and Cecily show.

So good to see Sarah Sherman doing her thing on WU. She's probably my favorite cast member since maybe Bill Hader. She's got a mix of Gilda Radner and Rachal Dratch and I just love her wackiness.
posted by bondcliff at 12:46 PM on May 15, 2022 [2 favorites]

Did not expect to like 'Bitch House' but that was great fun.

I dug Malone's kilt.

'Baby Monitor' worked for me. Yang seems to have incredible chemistry with everyone from Bryant to Sherman.
posted by porpoise at 6:20 PM on May 15, 2022 [1 favorite]

Sarah Sherman as Chaos Monster was hilarious the first couple of times, and has only been growing. I hope I never get sick of it.
posted by Etrigan at 6:37 AM on May 16, 2022 [1 favorite]

It seems like they used a bit more of the cast than they have been.

Yeah I think people have been right that the cast is just a bit too big. Tonight there was no Pete, Alex or Andrew and it meant that more people (THO NOT ARTISTOTLE) gotmore airtime. Was good to see Punkie really doing some stuff and I love Sarah's weird energy and that they seem to be able to use it on the show. I don't know what to make of Post Malone but I liked that second song and I didn't know til I checked Wikipedia (and here) that he was in front of the Fleet Foxes.
posted by jessamyn at 8:33 PM on May 17, 2022

FLEET FOXES, it all makes sense now. Post has that Eminem-type theatrical body language and deep personal issues—but unfortunately, I thought the songs themselves were just-okay. I do find him likeable in the same way you meet likeable people in a locked ward.

The rest of the show was solid overall A-minus stuff. I thought this iteration of Baby Yoda desk-piece was mildly better than the rest, but it's really one of the reasons I'm gettuing sick of Kyle. Kyle whom I want to like so badly because when in the right role, he's brilliant (like the series of short films where he and Leslie Jones played an IRL couple). Anything where he's not cringey, and that's very few things. He did nail Johnny Depp though, but it was a bit too on the nose. I love Kyle but they are not using him well.

And I like that in this show, they have found varied ways to use Sarah's weird energy, AND Punkie's down-to-earth energy.

The missing Aristotle, I've come to expect, but they'll need him once they shed the veterans of the show soon. The missing Dismukes after a season of stellar improved Dismukes, that was surprising. The missing moffatt—now THAT was surpriising. (And yeah, Pete's doing his things, I am glad to see he's achieved that Eddie Murphy type of status where he's on the show but it's always thrilling to actually see him appear. I've always rooted for The Kid.)

This was also a very evenly casted show when it came to the female roster. Everyone seemed to have about two parts each; no one person was in every sketch, but most of the women were in a couple. That was good.

Oh, and that talk show with Melissa and Selena? That really caught the magic of the Maya Rudolph/Amy Pohler pair from Queens (?). AND, it was hispanics playing hispanic roles. And Mikey Day is about the whitest guy since Tim Kazurinsky. I feel like if the writers have long had a "Kenan Reacts" meme, they've since added "Mikey acts shocked".

Understudies was hilarious. The Modelling as Career Guidance Sketch was annoying but caught my attention for whatever reason. It was really a show about taking well-worn SNL tropes and turning them on their heads with this new bunch of quirky people and seeing where it goes. That's how I felt about every sketch. I'd stary out with, "oh gawd this old gag" and then I'd be like, "Oh, they're going THIS way with it? Interesting choice, I'm in."

Also please bring back don't destroy
posted by not_on_display at 11:23 PM on May 17, 2022 [1 favorite]

The first domino may have fallen as Pete Davidson is allegedly leaving after the season finale this week.
posted by Etrigan at 2:36 PM on May 20, 2022

Davidson, McKinnon, Bryant, and Mooney, as your link also says now, too.
posted by rhizome at 9:27 PM on May 20, 2022

Wild to see a sketch where the whole bit is "cholas!! right??" on SNL. I didn't think the "Peek at Pico" sketch was actually that funny but just...surprised me that it happened at all! Is chola style widespread enough in the US now that most people see that crunchy hair and flannel shirt over a white tank top and are like "I have a reasonable guess how those girls are going to sound when they talk"?
posted by potrzebie at 10:17 PM on May 20, 2022 [1 favorite]

I took that as just a plain Gomez-Villanueva frivolity, something they connected on.
posted by rhizome at 12:57 PM on May 21, 2022

> Is chola style widespread enough in the US now that most people see that crunchy hair and flannel shirt over a white tank top and are like "I have a reasonable guess how those girls are going to sound when they talk"?

Pretty much, yeah—I'm from New England, even, and I've recognized the style going back three or four decades at least. I think I was first introduced to it by the band Suicidal Tendencies.
posted by not_on_display at 5:59 PM on May 21, 2022 [1 favorite]

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