The Easter holidays are a time of rebirth and renewal — and also an opportunity for “Saturday Night Live” to pack as many celebrity impersonations as possible into a single sketch.
This weekend’s “SNL,” which featured Lizzo as host and musical guest, kicked off with its cast members performing a bag of impressions, starting with Bowen Yang as the Easter Bunny.
He explained that while he may not be the most popular holiday mascot, “I’m the weirdest: a human-sized bunny with no history.”
Yang added that, unlike Santa Claus, “I don’t use enslaved elves to make my Easter baskets. I find them on Etsy. Because I support women.
Yang was followed by Kate McKinnon, in her recurring role as Dr. Anthony S. Fauci. “Trust me, I’m not here to give you more Covid advice,” McKinnon said. “I’m not stupid enough to think you’re actually going to follow him. All I will say is that the Covid cases are very much like Jesus: they have risen.
Cecily Strong played Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who said she aggressively wished her fellow Jews and Muslims a happy Easter. Chris Redd played Mayor Eric Adams of New York, who shared good news with the audience:
“We got it: we got the shooter,” Redd said, a reference to the man accused of opening fire in a subway car in Brooklyn on Tuesday. “Of course it took 30 hours and the suspect turned himself in, but we got him. Case closed. The metro is repaired. Ride without fear.
Mikey Day appeared as billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and announced that he planned to buy Easter. “I’m offering 43 billion Peeps,” he said. After a few stilted laughs, Day added, “That was a joke. Hahaha. You understood? That’s why, afterwards, I say: “It was a joke.”
Chloe Fineman portrayed Britney Spears, who was celebrating her recent release from a year-long conservatorship. “Don’t worry; I’m finally free and I’m going to have a baby,” she said. “I just pray that my baby is born happy, healthy and with power of attorney.
Next, Kyle Mooney appeared with long hair and a beard, identifying himself as Jesus Christ. “Just kidding – I’m Jared Leto,” he said. He added that his Easter message this year was to encourage positivity. “So if you’re going to see my new movie, ‘Morbius,’ please don’t review it,” he said.
Just when Yang seemed to be finishing the sketch, he was interrupted by James Austin Johnson, playing former President Donald J. Trump. Johnson, as Trump, complained that his omission was “another example of how horribly white people are treated in this country.”
He then gave a rambling, discursive monologue about Cap’n Crunch, Seabiscuit and Little Caesar (whom Johnson claimed he learned to say “Pizza, pizza”). He then marked the holiday by observing, “I told America Covid would be over by Easter. I just didn’t say which one.
Nostalgic pieces of the week
It was the week that “SNL” realized it had the ideal cast member cast to play members of the Black Eyed Peas for a skit in which two producers in 2008 (played by Lizzo and Aidy Bryant ) help bandmates (Kenan Thompson, Strong, Redd, and Yang) turn their not-too-complex ideas and emotions into hit singles like “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling.”
And if that sketch wasn’t enough to satisfy your desire to be transported to a more innocent time, like 13 or 14 years ago, there was also that segment in which several performers played Mr. Six, the inexplicably old mascot alert. Six Flags theme parks.
Lizzo’s performances of the week
Lizzo’s musical talents were put to good use in a few sketches this week, including this filmed segment in which she and the Please Don’t Destroy crew frantically try to think of a new hit single for her in 10 minutes, this which leads to the hilariously disastrous song (and music video) “Horny Zookeeper.” (A close runner-up would be this skit that features Lizzo as a twerking flautist whose unconventional methods inspire an entire orchestra.)
Lizzo also had a lot of success when it was time to be a legit, non-comedic musician: Her performance of her new song “About Damn Time” is probably the first time we’ve seen “SNL” audiences go crazy for a flute alone.
Weekend update jokes of the week
At the weekend update desk, anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che commented on President Biden’s political woes and Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter.
A new poll shows President Biden’s approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 33%. For one perspective, that’s minus half the approval rating of “Sonic the Hedgehog 2.” “Sonic 2” features the characters Tails and Knuckles, which are also the names of two gang members Joe Biden claims to have fought in the 1960s. A video also went viral of President Biden finishing a speech in North Carolina, then apparently turning to shake hands with an unseen person. Hey, her name is Kamala.
President Biden, seen here trying to remember where he left his mask, announced new federal regulations for ghost weapons. I mean, look, I don’t like the idea of people having ghost guns either. But if there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who are you going to call? [His screen showed the cast of “Ghostbusters.”] Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter for over $40 billion so it can relax its free speech rules. That’s how much white men want to use the N-word.
Jost added to this thread:
I honestly don’t understand why Elon even wants to own Twitter. It was something that seemed important and even fun, and now you look at it and it’s confusing and depressing. It’s the Giuliani of apps. And come on, Elon built electric cars, he’s going to Mars. Why does he even get involved with Twitter? It would be like the Prince of England simply dropping out to marry a “Suits” actor. Plus, I have to say that Twitter isn’t even profitable anymore. Sounds like a bad business decision. And I say that as someone who bought a Staten Island Ferry with Pete.