After a bizarre 46e season amid the pandemic that ended in an emotional season finale,”Saturday Night Livereturned to the air last night for his 47e season with first host Owen Wilson.
Although Wilson has said he avoided the SNL stage because of his fear of public speaking (apparently, actors can be afraid of public speaking), he held his own in front of the live audience.
The actor seemed calm and composed during all of his skits, and his dry, “golden-retriever-lying-by-the-fire” acting style worked in his favor with the other longtime cast members.
With a fully vaccinated cast and audience, the second time this has happened since last season’s finale, the show seemed back to normal, save for frequent jokes about vaccine mandates and the pandemic that wasn’t quite over. As the actors struggled for the past two seasons, they seemed eager to be back in their comfort zone.
The main topic of last night’s show: infrastructure. But the admittedly dull subject matter was made comical by self-conscious and satirical humor. After a year of intense political heat, the political satire could be watering down as polarization has seemingly abated. Even so, the writing still held up on a particular character’s debut
These are the top moments from Wilson’s episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’.
New cast member James Austin Johnson kicked off the season looking and speaking with President Joe Biden almost identically. The president’s accent, facial expressions and mannerisms were executed with the utmost precision, and you could tell the actor was studying for his first role on the show.
The main focus of the sketch was to get both sides of the Democratic Party — Cecily Strong as Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Aidy Bryant as Senator Joe Manchin, Ego Nwodim as Representative Ilhan Omar and Melissa Villasenor as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — to agree on everything. in the infrastructure law – how relevant. The writing of the characters was good – Sinema wanted unfinished bridges and no roads “for chaos!”
Andrew Cuomo, played by Pete Davidson, also appeared and asked for “up to at least 11 chances” as well as the elusive Chuck Schumer.
With the politically turbulent 2020 behind us, the SNL cast has still made do with a new cast of characters to poke fun at, and maybe we’ll see Johnson’s hilariously precise Joe Biden a lot more throughout the season.
Dressed in what could have been a suit from an old carpet, Wilson nailed his opening monologue. He used his fear of public speaking as a comedy and admitted to being intimidated by a live audience as opposed to his usual movie acting where he doesn’t see the reviews until after filming. But when he was nervous, you could barely tell. His jokes landed with the right timing and inflection.
With his brothers in the audience, he kicked off with a spirited joke about the vaccine rollout “everywhere except Florida,” using his personality to his advantage to deliver lines that stuck. What some people criticize in his reviews, his opening monologue passed with flying colors.
Billionaire Stark Trek
In the preview of the action movie Space-Race-for-Billionaires, Wilson starred in a bald cap as Jeff Bezos, portraying Bezos’ recent space mission. Racing with Richard Branson and battling with Elon Musk, the writing summed up the absurdity of Bezos’ crew’s mission to space.
The crew spends time “draining” and “doing a few laps”. Bezos teleported one of his Amazon delivery guys to the ship to make a delivery. “People say you don’t care about the Amazon employees, but I disagree,” he said before Wilson tossed him a bottle to urinate in and beamed him back to Earth.
The Talking — Talk show for women
The spoof of “The View” again brought up Biden’s infrastructure law, as well as controversial topics such as air fryers and the stock market. Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong’s pointless chatter seemed straight out of a real talk show.
The skit showed Wilson, who played a doctor, taking the women out one at a time because they tested positive for COVID (and HPV), despite all of them having been vaccinated “dozens, dozens, dozens of times.” Wilson’s clumsy personality shined here as he tried to dance around the HIPAA laws on live television.
The skit concluded with the cases that were false positives, “but not the HPV.”
Weekend Update – Democrats and the Infrastructure Act
The first part of the fan-favorite skit “The Weekend Update,” this season starring Colin Jost and Michael Che, kicked off with more jokes about Biden’s infrastructure bill — and the Democrats’ inability to agree on it.
While this is the biggest political event right now, it is nothing compared to the heated elections that took place around this time last year. Even if infrastructure “isn’t great for TV,” as Jost said, the writers still find self-deprecating ways to laugh — “We can all pretend we’re excited about this next joke.”
Since Democrats can’t come to a consensus on the bill, Jost explains that it’s been postponed “indefinitely” and that we’ll “cross that bridge if it collapses on top of us.”
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