‘SNL’ takes on Super Bowl with a bit of cold Covid-19 and QAnon open – Deadline

Most honest, goofy game of tomorrow’s Super Bowl LV on CBS could have happened on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, may be.

“Hello and welcome to the Super Bowl, four hours of television for 11 minutes of action,” said SNLKenan Thompson as sports broadcaster “James, no, not that one, Brown” opening tonight’s show. “As everyone at home knows, this year has been anything but normal” SNL ‘The oldest cast member has been added with co-stars Chris Redd, Mikey Day and Beck Bennett surrounding him as CBS ‘ NFL today crew.

However, from there, as has happened so many times this season, the chill opened with a roundtable of high-profile one-liners looking for a skit and a sense of the humor – and it’s not like the hypocritical and hypersensitive NFL or the Super Bowl hype itself is so hard to laugh at.

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“The pandemic, racial and political divisions, Armie Hammer, but today we come together in a spirit of unity to watch football and murder millions of chickens for their delicious wings,” proclaimed Cup Welder Brown of Thompson Coffee. He then swept the NFL with a crack on the league going through the season with “just 700 cases” of Covid-19.

“You know who is feeling the Covid restrictions more than anyone this week, the famous Tampa Bay prostitutes,” Redd’s bespectacled Nate Burleson added in a wet noodle of a sudden on the host city of this socially estranged big game. year. In addition, the hometown of contenders the Buccaneers and their new QB Tom Brady, the nearly 70,000-seat Tampa Bay stadium will have around 25,000 masked supporters in the stands, of which 7,500 will be vaccinated health workers.

Return to SNLChilly Opening: There has been a “historically delicious” attempt to ridicule the efforts of many advertisers to lean forward and connect with the civil rights movement and the BLM. On the “conservative slate” side, promising “no child sex trafficking,” there was a glimpse of a fictitious QAnon ad spoofing Papa Johns’ pizza and scoring “Hillary’s Pizza”.

The spiral opening skit also weighed on Viacom’s cross-promotion with Nickelodeon and others. Not that NBC’s own cousins ​​like Bravo couldn’t share the shadows, with an Andy Cohen-hosted simulcast titled “Old Hag, Young Slut.”

The mock title is sort of a tribute to Brady, 43, and his Kansas City Chiefs rival, Patrick Mahomes, 25, if you’re not a football fan. If you weren’t a football fan, the dueling and mundane coaching part of the open with Aidy Bryant would have left you cold too. (Watch the full skit at the top of the article.)

Yet in a sense, tonight was one more break from the same old same old on SNL, kind of.

The body politic formed almost the entire base of SNLThe return of the hiatus last week and almost all the cold openings of recent years, with Donald Trump as the toxic nucleus.

Absent tonight and has given birth (ish) since being confronted with electoral and constitutional reality and leaving the White House on January 20, the first Celebrity apprentice the host is expected to be in the spotlight during his second impeachment trial starting Tuesday.

In the second SNL From the 46th POTUS in Joe Biden’s tenure and the 11th episode of the current 46th season, tonight’s show is hosted by Dan Levy with musical guest Phoebe Bridgers. It’s a start with the latest iteration of the Not Ready For Primetime players for the multiple Grammy nominated and the Schitt Creek co-creator and star. Tonight SNL comes at the end of a lightning week for Levy. Having already made Emmy history last year with big wins for its final season, Schitt Creek landed several Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations this week.

All of this makes him all the sweeter as the offspring of a SCTV alum (Eugene Levy, who is also on Schitt Creek and made an appearance in her son’s monologue) and another’s co-star (Catherine O’Hara) faces the long SNL which was created and still run by a fellow Canadian (Lorne Michaels). SNL has, of course, hosted over the decades some of the best and brightest of the Great White North (too many cameras on both sides to name them here.)

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