This weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” episode was hosted by actor Michael B. Jordan with musical guest Lil Baby. It was the 11th episode of the NBC sketch comedy show’s 48th season.
Jordan has gained fame for the “Creed” films, as well as the Marvel Comics film “Black Panther”.
“SNL” wasted no time mocking the search for classified documents, a news story that has dominated national headlines in recent days.
The cold open featured a harsh-sounding voice-over about “a new sheriff in town” who “means business.” The “sheriff” turns out to be Attorney General Merrick Garland (Mikey Day), who speaks from a podium without a hint of intimidation. Other law enforcement officials spoke from the podium about former Vice President Mike Pence, Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Barack Obama.
In a reference to Tyre Nichols’ death, longtime cast member Kenan Thompson, who played an FBI agent, asks if the FBI will go to Memphis for justice.
Jordan shared a video of himself appearing as a teenage actor on the soap opera “All My Children.” Later, female cast members interrupt his monologue to come at him.
“SNL” mocked the recent upheaval surrounding Southwest Airlines’ canceled and delayed flights during the holiday season. The airline has received a major PR and financial blow over the flight problems.
The sketch comedy show also spoofed State Farm commercials, with Jordan playing “Jake”, who constantly replaces the family man.
Among the skits, Jordan plays a bottled water delivery man who interrupts a men’s confidence seminar and belittles the speaker.
In another skit, Jordan and cast member Bowen Yang play voice-over actors for a Street Fighter video game and don’t quite understand the concept of the action sounds.
Co-anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che joked about the search for classified documents, TikTok, Chipotle’s burrito season, ChatBot and Donald Trump’s reintroduction to Facebook.
“In the wake of the classified documents scandal, representatives of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama issued statements saying they all turned over all classified documents before they left office,” Jost said. “While Jimmy Carter issued a statement saying, ‘Come and get them, you bastards.’
Officials at TikTok are trying to stop efforts in Congress to ban the app by launching a campaign called ‘Project Texas.’ Because TikTok is their baby and they know Texas won’t let them get rid of it, Che said.
Chilean actor Pedro Pascal hosts next week’s episode with musical guest Coldplay.