Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin & Martin Short / Brandi Carlile
December 11, 2022 1:11 PM - Season 48, Episode 8 - Subscribe

(First?) Christmas episode.

  • Cold Open - It's Christmas: Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Bowen Yang, Ego Nwodim, Sarah Sherman, Devon Walker, Mikey Day
  • Monologue: Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez
  • Science Room: Martin Short, Steve Martin, Cecily Strong, Mikey Day
  • Please Don't Destroy - Sarah Sherman, Chloe Fineman, Steve Martin, Devon Walker, Sarah Sherman's Dad
  • Snow: Steve Martin, Martin Short, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, James Austin Johnson
  • Santa & Pringles: Bowen Yang, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Chloe Fineman, Andrew Dismukes, Ego Nwodim, Sarah Sherman
  • A Christmas Carol: Martin Short, Sarah Sherman, Mikey Day, Steve Martin, Marcello Hernandez, Mikey Day
  • Brandi Carlile - The Story
  • Weekend Update: Michael Che, Colin Jost
    • Mary Ann Louise Fisher - How to Christmas Shop: Ego Nwodim
    • Curt & Deb from Wyoming - Sex Tips: Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman
  • How to Treat Your Man: Heidi Gardner, Martin Short, Sarah Sherman, Ego Nwodim, Punkie Johnson, Cecily Strong
  • Brandi Carlile - You and Me on the Rock ft. Lucius
  • Father of the Bride, Part 8: Steve Martin, Heidi Gardner, Chloe Fineman, Martin Short, Bowen Yang, Kieran Culkin, Selena Gomez
posted by rhizome (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A genuinely funny episode! Even Please Don’t Destroy was funny (Sarah Sherman’s real dad!) The whole show felt energized and upbeat. Was that Martin and Short’s influence? ~shrugs~

Also: Chloe and the Scarlett Johansson “imitation” seemed to take Colin completely by surprise. Like, she was supposed to do someone else and conspired with Mikey to drop in the Scarlett imitation. Pretty funny.
posted by Thorzdad at 1:39 PM on December 11, 2022 [1 favorite]

I know it's not the point, but I have trouble getting over how useless "have a partner who is a top-notch impressionist" is as sex advice.
posted by ckape at 4:59 PM on December 11, 2022

I love the idea that wide-eyed woodland critters are out there living out their Christmas wishes in song. Anyone remember the The Singing Sisters bit with Amy Adams? "If we guess wrong, we have to find the nastiest piece of garbage and chew on it!"

And here's the original Snow song from White Christmas. Clooney did her level best to sell that ridiculous line about washing her hair with snow even back then.
posted by mochapickle at 7:03 PM on December 11, 2022 [2 favorites]

And A Christmas Carol had me shaking with laughter!
posted by mochapickle at 7:10 PM on December 11, 2022

Great episode! My favorite sketch was the bears on a train. A few years ago I watched White Christmas with a group of friends and for several days afterwards, we all couldn’t stop riffing back-and-forth to each other about the sublime ridiculousness of the Snow song. A perfect sketch!
posted by Atom Eyes at 11:53 PM on December 11, 2022 [1 favorite]

I've never heard Brandi Carlyle sing live before that I know of, and I was really bowled over by her performance. She is the platonic ideal of an SNL musical guest, especially for this time of year!
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 8:55 AM on December 12, 2022

It was fine. Short and Martin are a great team and they gave it their all, but I thought the writing wasn't great.

It's been a little while since SNL did one of their bits where I need to know who wrote it to know if it's racist/sexist or not, but then along came Ego Nwodim's WU segment. That little spiel about how there are "no Black Karens" so Black women can supposedly get away with acting like entitled lunatics without any consequences? Jesus Christ. It's horseshit, whoever wrote it, but if a white dude wrote it he needs a good slap.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 9:41 PM on December 13, 2022

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