Saturday Night LiveAfter a holiday break, the panel returned to the table last night and discussed a range of topics, including how unusually the NBA has been recently. Thanks to the dramatic rise in Covid cases over the past month, teams haven’t exactly had all their familiar faces available for each game. In order to complete their rosters, many teams have had to sign players from minor leagues and retired players to 10 day emergency contracts. Unfortunately, there have been some blowouts and injuries as a result of these emergency measures. SNLThat was great fun.
The sketch was designed to be used as a guide. NBA on TNTSegment, which allowed Kenan Thompson, to do his A+ Charles Barkley impression. He was joined by Chris Redd doing his Kenny Smith and Bowen Yang having a lot of fun as the understated Yao Ming, who yes, is really, really tall in real life (7’6”!). You can watch the sketch below which features a variety of other cast members and host Ariana DeBose as a fan who was out for a girls night and was asked to fill in…
The NBA was widely recognized for its well-organized bubble at Disney World, when Covid-19 hit. It demonstrated that the United States could return to sports safely and successfully. This approach was more appropriate for a short playoff run and an end-of-season tournament with fewer teams. A few months of asking players to isolate is quite different from asking them to isolate throughout the year. The league instead has a steady stream for testing and forced time away from teams for infected players. This has caused many outbreak clusters in the league, where several players may be out of commission at once.
Contrary to many NBA rosters, the current mix is quite deep. Long-running sketch comedy shows tend to be top heavy and deep. While there are still some big stars, there are also a few comedians who are capable of taking over a sketch at any time. That’s part of why we’re seeing so many sketches like this that bring in a lot of different faces for quick moments. It really plays to the cast’s strengths.
SNL We will be backNext week, Will Forte, a former cast member, will host the show. He’ll be joined by musical guest Maneskin and hopefully will bring with him a ton of really weird high concept ideas that don’t play super well with casual fans but are huge wins with the small minority of us who track perfectly with his sense of humor.