Saturday Night Live: Michael B. Jordan / Lil Baby
January 29, 2023 5:48 PM - Season 48, Episode 11 - Subscribe

The former star of "All My Children."

  • Cold Open - Classified Documents: Mikey Day, Kenan Thompson, Ego Nwodim, Bowen Yang
  • Monologue: Michael B. Jordan, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Ego Nwodim, Punkie Johnson
  • Good Morning Today: Chloe Fineman, Kenan Thompson, Sarah Sherman, Michael B. Jordan, Mikey Day
  • Southwest Airlines: Heidi Gardner, Devon Walker, Marcello Hernandez, Michael Longfellow, Michael B. Jordan, James Austin Johnson, Punkie Johnson, Andrew Dismukes
  • Punto Cana: Kenan Thompson, Marcello Hernandez, Heidi Gardner, Michael Longfellow, Michael B. Jordan, Sarah Sherman, Chloe Fineman, Ego Nwodim, James Austin Johnson
  • Jake from State Farm: Chloe Fineman, Michael B. Jordan, Mikey Day, James Austin Johnson
  • Street Fighter Voices: Andrew Dismukes, Marcello Hernandez, Michael B. Jordan, Bowen Yang, Mikey Day
  • Lil Baby - California Breeze
  • Weekend Update: Michael Che, Colin Jost
    • Carl the Doorman: Kenan Thompson
    • Every Boxer's Girlfriend: Heidi Gardner, Michael B. Jordan
  • Male Confidence Seminar: Bowen Yang, Andrew Dismukes, Devon Walker, Michael B. Jordan, James Austin Johnson, Michael Longfellow
  • Bachelorette Party: Ego Nwodim, Sarah Sherman, Michael B. Jordan, Chloe Fineman, Punkie Johnson, Heidi Gardner
  • Lil Baby - Forever
  • King Brother's Toyota: Andrew Dismukes, James Austin Johnson, Michael B. Jordan,
  • Falling Down: Michael B. Jordan, Sarah Sherman, Andrew Dismukes, Bowen Yang
posted by rhizome (16 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm glad that some men get the "Most sketches are about how beautiful they are" treatment too.
posted by Etrigan at 6:29 PM on January 29, 2023

The former star of "All My Children."

Where's Wallace?
posted by LionIndex at 7:16 PM on January 29, 2023 [3 favorites]

I had no idea he was Reggie Montgomery until he showed the clip. Then, I was kicking myself as it should have been obvious just looking at him, but it's been a lot of years since AMC went off the air, and even longer since I was as regular viewer. What I also didn't realize until now, was that he wasn't the only Black Panther cast member associated with that role.

As for the rest of the episode, I have to say, that cold-open revelation was the most interesting thing that happened. As per usual, too many unfunny segments dragged on for far too long. (Although the Liberty Mutual reveal was unexpected and appreciated).
posted by sardonyx at 8:14 PM on January 29, 2023 [1 favorite]

Where's Wallace?

I was hoping there would be some reference to it!
posted by rhizome at 9:01 PM on January 29, 2023

I've been watching SNL on their channel on YouTube. I don't know what happened in the "Jake from State Farm" bit because YouTube had a warning for suicide or self harm. Even when I acknowledged and tried to click through, YouTube just skipped it completely. Seemed odd if it was okay for network, but I hear they've ramped up the algorithm?

I was laughing a LOT at Bowen's description of visiting the Obamas in the cold open. The Obamas have really seemed done with most politics since leaving the White House. And it reminded me again how much I miss them being in there.
posted by lilywing13 at 9:18 PM on January 29, 2023 [1 favorite]

The despondent husband, tired of being replaced by Jake from State Farm goes for a walk along a bridge. Just as it looks like he's going to jump, the Liberty Mutual team of Limu Emu and Doug roll up in their Liberty Mutual car (with the light flashing) to talk him down with better coverage and rates. The the Liberty Mutual stinger rolled, ending the segment.
posted by sardonyx at 9:25 PM on January 29, 2023 [1 favorite]

sardonyx, Thank you! That sounds relatively tame, but I understand the warning better now.
posted by lilywing13 at 9:51 PM on January 29, 2023 [1 favorite]

I'm glad that some men get the "Most sketches are about how beautiful they are" treatment too.

No, SNL has been giving their male hosts creepy tongue baths for a long time. They will occasionally kiss up to a female host with this stuff if being hot is her entire brand, but then when they have some conventionally attractive male actor on they will just go buck wild and do one thirsty sketch after another. It can get really gross and objectifying. I was complaining about it on Fanfare in 2019, and even then it was a tired-ass trope.

I have zero objection to buff dudes tearing off their shirts, etc., but there's just something so icky about the way SNL does it. I always picture some leering toad behind the scenes who's making these poor guys suck their thumbs like that scene in Fame. "Tres Jolie, Chris Hemsworth! Tres jolie!"

(Note that I'm only going by your comment about the horniness of this episode, since we haven't finished it yet. But it wouldn't surprise me a bit if they got another Marvel dude in the studio and lost their damn minds.)

Was that Jake from State Farm thing actually an ad for Liberty Mutual? In recent years some of the show's best, darkest stuff has been their integrated ads. It's almost like selling out makes them overcompensate a bit, so they end up writing edgier material than their regular stuff.

I'll admit I loved Sarah Sherman's singing meatball tumor thing in the Oscar Isaac episode, but too often, when she shows up with some weird prop stuck to her face, it just make me think of the Big Ear Family.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 11:31 PM on January 29, 2023 [2 favorites]

In terms of writing, this show has been limping along for quite a while. But this season appears even worse than usual. The only episode that had any spark was the Steve Martin/Martin Short episode. Why the hell am I even watching this show anymore?
posted by Ber at 7:07 AM on January 30, 2023

I just watched the bachelorette party bit, good laughs to kick off Monday. Yes, he played a stripper, but the twist was funny.

With product placement these days, I honest to God I'm not sure if Southwest didn't go for a very bizarre make fun of ourselves ad /sarcasm
posted by NorthernLite at 8:34 AM on January 30, 2023

Mediocre episode. He seemed like he was really happy to be there but I'm not sure they really utilized him all that well. In a couple of the sketches it seemed like he would show up halfway through and not do much.

Loved the Southwest ad. Also liked the Toyota ad. The prerecorded stuff is usually the best part of the show.

Was Molly Kearney even in the show this week?
posted by bondcliff at 10:20 AM on January 30, 2023

With product placement these days

The Street Fighter 6 sketch had to be product placement. Notice how Jordan and Yang stand in such a way so as to never block the big STREET FIGHTER 6 text between them. Capcom has a lot riding on this game launching later in the year. Now's the time to start building up buzz.
posted by Servo5678 at 10:40 AM on January 30, 2023

I'd take a 2002 ThinkPad over a 2008 Dell.
posted by kmz at 11:12 AM on January 30, 2023 [1 favorite]

I got the Jake from State Farm ad to play after clicking through a suicide content warning:
posted by mmascolino at 11:41 AM on January 30, 2023

'Good Morning Today' - Sherman's facial prosthetic is technically impressive, and a masterclass demonstration of her - literal - chops. But the skit went on too long.

'Bachelorette Party' was the perfect length.

I wonder how much 'Falling Down' was to balance 'Male Confidence' ?
posted by porpoise at 6:17 PM on January 30, 2023

The Toyota sketch on the other hand cut out too early but with luck I should still be able to work out what those other ingredients are
posted by ckape at 10:27 AM on January 31, 2023 [2 favorites]

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