SNL Digest: Scarlett Johansson/Wiz Khalifa (5/2/15)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Scarlett Johansson" Episode 1681 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kenan Thompson and Scarlett Johansson on April 28, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC)

The best parts of this week’s SNL barely involve Scarlett Johansson or Wiz Khalifa.

SNL’s in its home stretch.  There’s only 3 episodes left this season, and Scarlett Johansson kicks the first of them off with Wiz Khalifa as musical guest.  I’ve liked Scarlett’s previous hosting gigs, and she generally seems game for anything the show may throw at her. That said, this episode ended up having a lot of things I liked that didn’t really rely on Scarlett, and a lot I disliked that did.

What You Missed:

Cold Open: Mayweather/Pacquaio Fight

NBC acknowledging the other major TV event this weekend in an extended open was nice.  The “pirate” broadcast of the fight (with AIDY as Pacquiao, an inspired choice) was great.

Right Side of the Bed

There’s a weird reference to Chrisley Knows Best going on in this (now recurring) sketch, which I like, but it felt a little early in the night for this to be the leading sketch.  Even if it did add Hozier to Kate McKinnon’s list of impressions.

“She sounds like a talking pizza!”
“She is as pretty as Rachael Ray was for a short time”

Baltimore Orioles

I was reeeeeeeally worried about what SNL was going to do with this when they started with a Baltimore news report, but thankfully they went with the odd note from this week that the Baltimore Orioles played a game with no fans in attendance.  Using this as the premise made this sketch infinitely better, especially with all the mix-ups that ensue.

Black Widow

All my notes for this sketch are that I was having trouble breathing from laughing so hard.  Go watch this/post it to your Facebook wall immediately.

“Marvel: We Know Girls”

Weekend Update

  • Michael Che’s coverage of the Baltimore stuff was great.
  • Similarly, Colin Jost’s bit about the gay marriage debate was fantastic.
  • Kate McKinnon’s Notorious RBG is always welcome.
  • The back and forth between Colin and Michael on Bruce Jenner: nice.
  • Bobby/Vanessa as the hottest couple on Game of Thrones (by a number of technicalities) was a nice bit.
  • I am always on board with Keenan’s Charles Barkley and Jay’s Shaquille O’Neal.


I was digging the pitch-perfect 80s styling on the main portion of the sketch, but it felt like it was missing a joke.  And then it got all meta and was hilarious.

Virgin Atlantic

I enjoyed the small touches in this sketch (like Pete’s faces as the co-pilot).  The whole automated flight attendant premise was great and Vanessa and Cecily seemed to be enjoying their roles.

What You Didn’t Miss:

  • The monologue had a few nice jokes, but the general premise was one joke (“Love to Love You Baby” is a lullaby!) stretched too long.
  • Girlfriends Talk Show is a sketch that continues to recur.
  • The Museum Tour sketch is not my sense of humor.  At all.  Just annoying.
  • The 5-to-1 about jingle writers was predictable and didn’t really go anywhere.

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