Chance the Rapper / Eminem, S43-E6

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John and Steve discuss SNL's Kate addiction, Chance as capable host, 90's R&B nostalgia, when Family Feud pleasantly surprises, SNL's racial-diversity baby-steps, Eminem's magical opus, when SNL goes after their own, peak-Pete Davidson, and the arrival of Chris Redd.

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Notes

  • Best moment: "…with a little bit a crack in it" & Cecil Didrickson's reveal
  • Best sketch: Family Feud: Harvey Family Thanksgiving & Pete Davidson on Staten Island
  • MVP: Chance the Rapper & Chris Redd
  • Rating: 8 (great)

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Tiffany Haddish / Taylor Swift, S43-E5

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John and Steve discuss lopsided audiences, the gangsta cuteness of Tiffany Haddish, 16-bit 2D fighting game tropes, Heidi Gardner's uncanny impression, yet more fun in the SNLCU, inspired and weighty Weekend Update features, and the tragic repercussions of bad cat PR.

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Notes

  • YouTube video of Mikey Day discussing defunct video-game sketch with Seth Meyers.
  • YouTube video of BBC documentary about researchers dealing with a dolphin's 'urges'.
  • Best moment: Heidi Gardner impersonates Kristen Schaal
  • Best sketch: Back and Kyle & Claire from HR
  • MVP: Kate McKinnon & Tiffany Haddish
  • Rating: 6 (decent)

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Larry David / Miley Cyrus, S43-e4

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John and Steve discuss Sorkin-esque pumpkin drama, inflatable cameos, Disney kid career reinventions, the scumbaggery of Michael Che, the brilliance of Heidi Gardner, the inscrutability of Gay sub-cultures, and absurd goldfish plot contrivances.

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Notes

  • Best moment: Goldfish dilemma & Angel's iPhone 4S
  • Best sketch: Career Retrospective & Weekend Update
  • MVP: Mikey Day & Heidi Gardner
  • Rating: 7 (great, decent)

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Kumail NanJiani / Pink, S43-e3

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John—along with 'resident young person', Taylor Morgan—discusses when straw addiction hits home, the versatility of Kate McKinnon, the sad truth of Debette Goldry, Ferrero Rocher as comedy, SNL combating ageism, and intercontinental spider shipping logistics.

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  • Best moment: Ivana eats Ferrero Rocher & Kumail receives Melania's spider
  • Best sketch: Kellywise & Customer Service
  • MVP: Heidi Gardner & Kate McKinnon
  • Rating: 6 (decent)

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