Saturday Night Live Season 43 wasted no time in getting right to it, tackling sexual harassment, the ongoing Trump presidency, and all manner of pop culture and news with incisive humor, and sometimes some music.
Here are our favorite sketches from Season 43 of Saturday Night Live.
10. Stranger Things 3
The kids of Hawkins are growing up on Stranger Things, something that got harder to ignore with Season 2. Puberty is afoot, and Eleven (Natalie Portman) meets other mutants like her, but all their abilities come with a side effect like those nosebleeds. The sketch includes vomit, farts, and boners – and simple human Mike can’t hide how horny he is.
9. Tucci Gang
Stanley Tucci deserves all the appreciation of this totally-extra rap tribute, which is somehow even better because he had nothing to do with the episode and didn’t even have a big movie out at the time. With 32 years in the biz, Tooch deserves the credit!
8. Next: For Men
What’s a fun, timely deodorant for men with secrets? How about Next: the deodorant for sexual harassers running out of time. Will Ferrell, Kyle Mooney, and Alex Moffat navigate their career reckonings without breaking a sweat. Thanks, Next!
7. A Kanye Place
The release of John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place had no connection to Kanye West’s Twitter meltdown, but SNL married them expertly in this sketch with Donald Glover. It’s the type of chemical reaction the writers aimed for with sketches like “This Is U.S.” with Sterling K. Brown, and the result was genius.
Timed to the release of It, “Kellywise” combined some of SNL‘s greatest strengths, including White House parody and the inimitable Kate McKinnon. McKinnon does an excellent impression of both Kellyanne Conway and Pennywise the clown while the direction expertly recreates this terrifying scene from It.
5. Black Jeopardy
Growing up in Wakanda, T’Challa barely met any white people until that whole Avengers thing, but he picked up on white nonsense pretty quickly during a game of Black Jeopardy. Chadwick Boseman was excellent throughout his episode, but seeing him reprise T’Challa and seamlessly integrate him into the sketch was pretty special.
4. Welcome to Hell
Fall began the infamous (and ongoing) Hollywood reckoning for serial sexual harassers and abusers, and the ladies of SNL reminded us that things have always been pretty tough for women. Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Leslie Jones join host Saoirse Ronan to gleefully sing that sunny refrain: Welcome to our hometown, and welcome to Hell.
It may not have haunted us all the way it looms over our protagonist Steven in this sketch, but facts are facts: Avatar used the Papyrus font. Ryan Gosling commits to the sketch like any of his Oscar-nominated roles, and adds just the right amount of suspense and madness to this three-minute conspiracy thriller.
2. Diner Lobster
John Mulaney’s tenure as an SNL writer proved to be nothing but an asset in his first time hosting the show. He dredged up this ridiculous sketch about a diner patron ordering lobster and the lobster subsequently singing for his salvation like a character in Les Miserables. Who knew how badly we needed this?
1. Dinner Discussion
“Careful…” SNL gave us the perfect sketch to deal with a minefield of unpleasantness following allegations of sexual misconduct against Aziz Ansari. Ansari’s case unfolded unlike those in the months that preceded it; the Harvey Weinsteins of the world fell into a much neater category and “Dinner Discussion” reflected the different, confusing thoughts and feelings we all brought to the table.