SNL Digest: Chadwick Boseman (4/7/18)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1742 "Chadwick Boseman" -- Pictured: Host Chadwick Boseman during the Opening Monologue in Studio 8H on Saturday, April 7, 2018 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC)

Chadwick Boseman brings variety to his SNL hosting debut.

Chadwick Boseman is having a very good year, with Black Panther continuing to break records and Avengers: Infinity War just around the corner for some more T’Challa, so SNL picked the right time to ask him to host.  As it turns out, he can do more than just heroic, and brought a real sense of variety to the sketches he was in.  Here’s what you missed.

What You Missed:

Cold Open: Fox News Outnumbered

Leslie Jones in a cold open! Alas, it quickly turned into another Baldwin-as-Trump cold open.  Here’s the deal: despite the fact that by the time you’ve written a sketch about one Trump moment, another 30 have happened, there’s a way to joke about politics in the Trump era without resorting to what SNL’s been doing all season.  There’s been a noticeable dip in political content on SNL this season, and there’s other, funnier ways to comment on the moment we’re in. Let Alec go back to hosting Match Game and his podcast.


“Why would I go from being a serious actor to doing reality TV” is a heck of a line.  The rest of these jokes/setups were good too.

Also: that is a heck of an outfit.

Nike Pro-Chiller Leggings


“My FitBit says I’m dead”

Black Jeopardy

This appears to be the Black Panther sketch that made the grade.  It is a good one.

Fertility Frontier Project

Mikey Day is an MVP for the reactions in this sketch alone.

Aidy B

Okay, the general concept here is classic comedy (person acting out of character!) but the optics of a white lady (even Aidy, who I generally love) putting on the mannerisms of Cardi B, however empowering, are NOT GREAT, SNL.

Weekend Update

  • This Mark Zuckerberg bit was real good, especially the scream-laughing.
  • Angel, Every Boxer’s Girlfriend From Every Boxing Movie, is back!

Magic Mirror

“He’s back…and he’s got a sandwich?”

This was entirely my jam.


This went to a weirdly absurd place that I don’t worked. Skip it.

Restaurant Complaint

“Why did I need to be here for this?” “The acoustics”

This is very silly and gets through its thing in just the right amount of time.

The Game of Life: DACA Edition

Remember earlier where I talked about how SNL can find ways to talk about our current political situation without Alec Baldwin?  THIS.  Stuff like THIS.

Wakanda Forever

“It’s like indigestion but racially?”

Props to Beck and Pete for doing the Wakanda salute in the whitest possible way.

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