Saturday Night Live is re-gifting this Christmas weekend with a repeat SNL hosted by Kumail Nanjiani!
Like most of you, Team SNL is spending this weekend with loved ones enjoying the holiday instead of creating new live comedy. For tonight’s Saturday Night Live rerun (with a late start time because of NFL football on NBC,) Executive Producer Lorne Michaels has chosen Episode #3 from this year’s Season 43 which first aired on October 13, 2017, featuring first-time host Kumail Nanjiani. Comedy fans already knew Kumail as Dinesh Chugtai on the hit HBO series “Silicon Valley“, along with his scene-stealing movie roles in comedies like “Central Intelligence“, “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” and “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” where his massage scene will stay burned into your memory. But it was his summer sleeper hit, “The Big Sick” which allowed audiences to see him in a whole new light starring as a version of himself in the romantic dramedy which tells the love story between him and his wife, Emily V. Gordon. The film’s success is also what helped him land the hosting gig for tonight’s repeat Saturday Night Live. The movie has also been nominated for two Film Independent Spirit Awards including Best First Screenplay for Nanjiani and Gordon. The awards ceremony will air next March.
When tonight’s SNL rerun originally aired live, The Interrobang described the episode with just one word, “Harvey, Harvey, Harvey”. After a week of scrutiny for bypassing the then-breaking story of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations story, SNL came back in this episode with a hilarious vengeance taking on the embattled Oscar winning film producer. One entire sketch, which is worth a second watch tonight, was dedicated to male sexual misconduct in Hollywood and featured Kate McKinnon’s incredibly funny recurring character, the aging former starlet from Hollywood’s Golden Era, Debette Goldry. Also, by the time Weekend Update aired in this episode, SNL wasn’t about to take its foot off the gas while mowing down Harvey Weinstein. Both WU anchormen, Colin Jost and Michael Che, took shots at Weinstein with Che referring to him as “chewed bubble gum rolled in cat hair.” This edition of Weekend Update finished strong by parlaying Weinstein jokes into jokes about President Trump’s own accused behavior along with bits about Mike Ditka taking on oppression, news on Oreo’s newest flavor, and updates on North Korea.
All of the Weinstein comedy overshadowed Kumail Nanjiani’s debut as host on SNL. He had a solid monologue talking about Islamophobes and their lazy racism and piss-poor researching skills. Kumail also shined in a game show sketch called “Bank Breakers“. Other highlights from tonight’s SNL rerun include a digital short parodying the summer horror hit, “It” featuring White House adviser Kellyanne Conway as the evil clown, “Kellywise“. This episode was also the Halloween show for 2017 and included a sketch taking place at an office costume party, as well as another short with Kumail Nanjiani as a customer service phone operator at a call bank, a nursing home sketch which allowed Kate McKinnon to don her old lady gear and makeup one more time and a cold open with Alec Baldwin back as President Trump addressing a truckers rally in “Harass-burg”, Pennsylvania featuring cast member Beck Bennett as VP Mike Pence on the run from different events around the country mocking the real Veep’s staged walk-out at an Indianapolis Colts game the weekend before.
In the promos for tonight’s repeat SNL, Kumail Nanjiani, along with musical guest P!nk and cast member Aidy Bryant, discuss their favorite colors, (P!nk’s might come as a shock) and then the three decide which of them are true inspirations to fans everywhere.
Tonight’s encore presentation of Saturday Night Live hosted by Kumail Nanjiani with musical guest P!nk begins right after the Minnesota Vikings – Green Bay Packers game and your local night time news on NBC.
The mid-season premiere of Saturday Night Live happens live on January 13, 2018 with host Sam Rockwell and musical guest Halsey on NBC.