This weekend’s Saturday Night Live was the first in several weeks, and when you think about that alone, you had to expect big things from the cold open. Go ahead and add to this now the presence of Maya Rudolph as the host. While we don’t often see the person hosting the episode lead it off, this is a slightly different situation here! We’re talking about an iconic former cast member who is more than capable of kicking a show off right.
So what did SNL decide ultimately to do this go-around? Think in terms of kicking off the episode with something a little bit different. It’s not often that we see the show kick off with some sort of game-show spoof, but that’s what we had here. Rudolph hosted a game show entitled Snatched, Vaxed, or Waxed, which for the most part explains itself.
Sure, this was a ridiculous game-show spoof, but the ultimate goal here was to make fun of the Spring Break crisis in Florida. There are a lot of people out there not taking the health crisis seriously, and this show chose to represent almost everyone out there being ridiculous.
Ultimately, the real problem we have with this as a cold open is that nobody’s going to remember it. While Rudolph was a fun host, there was no iconic moment or character. It allowed people to be ridiculous and, before you knew it, the sketch was over. It has to be one of the shortest cold-open sketches in recent memory. Also, it may be one of the weirder ones given all of the different directions they could’ve gone. How do they not start with Kamala when you have a fantastic impressionist right there? It doesn’t matter if she does it later on.
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