Saturday Night Live: Ayo Edebiri / Jennifer Lopez
February 5, 2024 8:26 PM - Season 49, Episode 11 - Subscribe

Bonus Nikki Haley drams!

  • Cold Open - Trump Town Hall: Punkie Johnson, Kenan Thompson, James Austin Johnson, Michael Longfellow, Heidi Gardner, Devon Walker, Nikki Haley, Ayo Edebiri
  • Monologue: Ayo Edebiri
  • Why'd You Say It?: Kenan Thompson, Mikey Day, Andrew Dismukes, Ayo Edebiri, Chloe Fineman
  • Dune Popcorn Bucket: Marcello Hernandez, Ayo Edebiri, Bowen Yang, Devon Walker, Chloe Troast, James Austin Johnson
  • Microdosing: Mikey Day, Ayo Edebiri, Bowen Yang, Andrew Dismukes, Chloe Fineman, Devon Walker, Marcello Hernandez
  • Normal Couples: Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, Bowen Yang, Chloe Troast, Andrew Dismukes, Heidi Gardner, Ayo Edebiri, Devon Walker, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Punkie Johnson, Ego Nwodim, Martin Herlihy, Sarah Sherman, Kenan Thompson, James Austin Johnson, Marcello Hernandez
  • Jennifer Lopez - Can't Get Enough (with Latto & Redman)
  • Weekend Update: Michael Che, Colin Jost
    • CJ Rossitano: Sarah Sherman
  • Trivia Quest: Ego Nwodim, Sarah Sherman, Ayo Edebiri, Mikey Day, Punkie Johnson
  • The Elevator: Kenan Thompson, Bowen Yang, Kenan Thompson, Ayo Edebiri, Sarah Sherman, Michael Longfellow, Ego Nwodim
  • Mr. Fantasmic: Andrew Dismukes, Ayo, Edebiri, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Chloe Troast
  • Jennifer Lopez - This Is Me...Now
  • People's Court: Ayo Edebiri, Ego Nwodim, Devon Walker, Kenan Thompson, Punkie Johnson
posted by rhizome (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I got some excellent laughs out of this episode. Sarah Sherman's bit on Weekend Update had me in tears. Ayo and Ego had great energy together as well.
Top tp bottom one of the funniest SNL eps in recent memory.
posted by OHenryPacey at 9:37 PM on February 5 [2 favorites]

Great episode. My biggest takeaway from it was that Ayo would be an excellent SNL cast member, though I’d selfishly rather she keep doing what she’s doing rather than join SNL. Like, I didn’t love the Mr. Fantasmic sketch, but I absolutely loved Ayo in it.

Sarah Sherman as CJ was my high point also—especially the range of faces she made as “Cat’s in the Cradle” played.

And my favorite line in the episode was Ayo’s in the People’s Court sketch—“And if I go out when it’s windy i feel my memories blowing away.”
posted by ejs at 4:44 AM on February 6

Poor Bowen, Dave Chappelle last week and Nikki Haley this week!

Ayo was great, this was a funny episode.
posted by ellieBOA at 10:30 AM on February 6 [1 favorite]

SNL inviting on a TERF and a fascist? Hard pass for me. I hope Bowen quits and goes somewhere that deserves him.
posted by fight or flight at 1:26 PM on February 6 [5 favorites]

Anyone else hoping for JLo and Ben to stroll into the Couples skit?
posted by Sukey Says at 2:15 PM on February 6 [1 favorite]

Haley was a huge disappointment for me!
posted by billsaysthis at 9:07 PM on February 6

Haley aside, I think this was a good episode and it benefited from a lack of A-list celebrity cameos (which are SO numerous this season, for some reason? Is it that Lorne is retiring soon and he’s calling in all his last favors? Or they don’t trust the writing staff enough to carry a show without Mick Jagger or whoever the hell showing up?)

Anyway I love Ayo and she was great.
posted by knotty knots at 12:24 AM on February 7

I guess on one level it's kind of amazing that they managed to gave Haley an opportunity to go "Whoops I guess I should've acknowledged the USA's dark history with slavery" without actually requiring her to acknowledge the USA's dark history with slavery.
posted by ckape at 3:23 PM on February 7

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