Saturday Night Live: Jake Gyllenhaal / Sabrina Carpenter
May 21, 2024 10:59 PM - Season 49, Episode 20 - Subscribe

Season finale!

  • Cold Open - Trump Update: James Austin Johnson, Sarah Sherman, Devon Walker, Heidi Gardner, Michael Longfellow
  • Monologue: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ego Nwodim, Devon Walker, Punkie Johnson, Kenan Thompson
  • Meet the Parents: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heidi Gardner, Chloe Troast, Andrew Dismukes
  • Scooby Doo and the Mystery of the Shadow Phantom: Mikey Day, Sabrina Carpenter, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Sherman, Andrew Dismukes, James Austin Johnson
  • Beautiful Boys: Kenan Thompson, Heidi Gardner, Chloe Troast, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chloe Fineman, Sarah Sherman, Ego Nwodim, Bowen Yang, James Austin Johnson, Marcello Hernandez, Devon Walker, Andrew Dismukes, Michael Longfellow
  • Cyclist: Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Xiemu - Don't Worry About It: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ego Nwodim, Marcello Hernandez, Chloe Fineman
  • Sabrina Carpenter - Espresso
  • Weekend Update: Michael Che, Colin Jost
    • Two Cicadas: Kenan Thompson, Marcello Hernandez
  • Southwest Cancellation: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Ego Nwodim, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, Heidi Gardner, Kenan Thompson, James Austin Johnson, Devon Walker, Punkie Johnson, Andrew Dismukes, Bowen Yang
  • Sabrina Carpenter - Feather, Nonsense (Medley)
  • NYPD Protect Character Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Andrew Dismukes, Heidi Gardner, Molly Kearney, Jon Hamm
  • Snake Eyes: Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Sherman, Andrew Dismukes, Bowen Yang, James Austin Johnson
posted by rhizome (9 comments total)
Was it me, or was Sabrina Carpenter doing the worst lip-syncing evar during Espresso?

On the upside, being the finale, this was the WU where Che and Jost cold read gags written by the other one. There were some pretty good ones in the mix.
posted by Thorzdad at 11:58 AM on May 22 [1 favorite]

I adore Marcello Hernandez. He's so goofy and cute.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:20 PM on May 22 [2 favorites]

I thought for sure Sabrina Carpenter was lip-syncing, but what I think happened is that they played her backing track too high in the mix and her mic feed too low - there were slight moments through the song where you could hear just the faintest difference, and her backup singers were at times far louder than her track. Performers do the dual vocal track thing live pretty regularly, especially if they’re not seasoned or confident live vocalists. They evened the levels out a little better in the second appearance, but her backing track was still pretty high.

That said, she was definitely my second-least favorite musical guest of the season.
posted by General Malaise at 2:16 PM on May 22 [1 favorite]

The "Xiemu" sketch was FANTASTIC.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 2:37 PM on May 22 [3 favorites]

I adore Marcello Hernandez. He's so goofy and cute.

I have enjoyed his last few WU spots especially. He has a good feel for those silly bits. There are so many bland white dudes on the show right now, that he could really be a break-out.

Where were all the celebrity drop-ins for the finale? Jon Hamm seems to be available at the drop of a hat these days, but I was expecting a bunch more.
posted by briank at 6:06 AM on May 23

I think the Kendrick Lamar thing might be the best that Jost has ever gotten Che.

I loved the premise of "Snake Eyes" but it felt kind of under-executed, like it needed another 30-60 seconds to really be rounded out.
posted by AndrewInDC at 9:53 AM on May 23

Also: What was with that “upset woman” sketch Heidi did during WU? It seemed almost like an inside joke, but not exactly in a funny way.
posted by Thorzdad at 12:33 PM on May 23

I’m not even finished but came here to say Beautiful Boys got a bigger laugh from me than anything they’ve done in years (with the possible exception of Jumanji)! When they paraded out in those OUTFITS. I was so happily surprised. I wonder if it was a response to the “no hot women on SNL” Tik Tok nonsense. I don’t care for Jake Gyllenhaal, but that was excellent.
posted by Isingthebodyelectric at 1:23 PM on May 24 [1 favorite]

Fun season finale! Loved the monologue’s End of the Road, Beautiful Boys and the cicadas.
posted by ellieBOA at 1:47 PM on June 1

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