SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE RECAP: ISSA RAE HOSTS UNEVENTFUL EPISODE, JUSTIN BIEBER PERFORMS
Fellow Coneheads, as the clock strikes 11:30 p.m. ET on this merry Saturday night, you know what that means: another SNL in Review. Tonight is the third episode of season 46, and some things are becoming clearer: with 20 cast members, slotted into episodes like a skeleton crew, this is one of the least seamless casts in recent memory. And the show’s format — determined so much by the pending election, Trump, and COVID-19’s new normal — has both minimized the show’s often-mythologized comedy troupe, previously its driving force, and offset the pacing of episodes. (Anecdotally, I recently watched a season 16 episode hosted by Susan Lucci, and the cold open — featuring Phil Hartman as Victor Kiam — clocked in at one minute, 52 seconds. After Lucci’s monologue and credits, the show properly kicked off before the nine-minute mark. It was glorious!) READ MORE
SNL SKIT POKES FUN AT QUEBEC ACCENTS, CANADA’S DRAKE OBSESSION (VIDEO)
This weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live had a Canadian-themed skit that poked fun of Quebecois accents, CBC, Degrassi, and the country’s obsession with Drake.
The sketch had guest host Issa Rae play a correspondent in Toronto for a French-Canadian news channel’s piece titled “Bonjour — Hi.”
Rae stood in front of a green screen of Toronto’s skyline, holding a CBC microphone in front of the CN Tower. READ MORE
‘SNL’ AIRS CANADIAN-THEMED ‘DRAKE WATCH’ SKETCH; BIEBER AND CARREY ALSO APPEARED
TORONTO – The latest episode of “Saturday Night Live” had a Canadian-themed sketch, complete with references to Drake, “Degrassi” and the CBC.
Guest host Issa Rae played a Toronto correspondent at a French-Canadian news channel in the piece titled “Bonjour — hi.”
She stood in front of a green screen image of Toronto’s waterfront for a news channel segment called “Drake Watch,” and held a microphone emblazoned with the CBC logo.
Rae and two news anchors had French accents as they chatted about whether she had seen the Toronto rapper.
She said she confused him with a man in a wheelchair, which is a reference to Drake’s character Jimmy Brooks from his days starring on the Canadian series “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”
There were some other Canadian elements to the “SNL” episode on NBC and Global — Toronto-born actor Jim Carrey returned to play U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and Stratford-Ont.-raised pop star Justin Bieber was the musical guest.
“SNL” is back to airing episodes from Studio 8H at Rockefeller Center in New York, after doing remote performances during the COVID-19 lockdown last season.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 18, 2020.