I went into last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live with no expectations at all, good or bad. I’m simply not familiar enough with Drake to have predicted how he’d do as host and musical guest — which is becoming this season’s big trend, wouldn’t you say? While I walked in not really knowing what Drake would have up his sleeve, I walked out totally impressed. He was not only hilarious, but he came off as extremely confident and natural, like he’d been in the cast for multiple seasons. He never broke character, he recited his lines without relying too much on the teleprompter, and he gave every sketch his all. I guess that time on Degrassi did him good.
The other noteworthy thing about this episode is that it marked new cast member Sasheer Zamata’s first show. As you might have heard, SNL responded to backlash over not having a black woman in their cast by… well, casting a black woman. Sasheer didn’t get a whole lot to do this episode, which is to be expected on her first go at things, but she was a welcome addition. Thankfully the show didn’t bring to life their cold open from the Kerry Washington episode and have her play every black woman in existence. But let’s actually watch some sketches, shall we? Here are the five best of the night.
1. Piers Morgan Cold Open
2. Before They Were Stars
3. Jacqueline Bisset
4. Nancy Grace
5. Disney World Show
Honorable mentions go to “Mornin’ Miami,” which Miley Cyrus introduced during her hosting, as well as Drake’s monologue rap about being half Jewish and half black.