Sifting through the clips from this weekend’s new, original “Saturday Night Live” on NBC, we wondered which one would be worthy of leading this Sunday morning recap.
Well, our search ended as soon as we laid eyes on Charles Barkley in a dress and wig confessing to a group of friends that “he’s” a lesbian. When we saw that, our decision was made: This clip, called “Joann’s Announcement,” is first up in this package of highlights from “SNL” — which Sir Charles guest-hosted, and featuring musical guest Kelly Clarkson.
When it comes to “SNL,” we’re also partial to each week’s commercial parody and “Digital Short.” This weekend’s show was no exception. The commercial parody was for Chantix, the prescription drug that helps fight cigarette cravings. But it’s also one of those powerful drugs whose commercials include a long and unsettling list of possible side effects. On “SNL,” it was these side effects that raised concerns for one couple — played by Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.
As for this week’s “Digital Short,” this one featured Andy Samberg in a musical satire as he portrayed a singer named “Convoluted Jerry” whose songs all contain contradictory lyrics. The bit was styled as a TV commercial for a collection of his “hits” — a CD titled “Convoluted Jerry: The Songs Album.” As the announcer says, “It’s all the mixed-message lyricism you’ve grown to love.”
We also liked this sketch called “New Mayan Calendar,” which took a look back at the moment in history when the Mayans invented their new system for measuring time and nonchalantly declared that time would end in 2012. What we liked most about this sketch: Again — Charles Barkley! He really did put in a great effort for this, his third guest-hosting stint on the show.
And we couldn’t resist including a clip here of Kelly Clarkson, who made history as the very first “American Idol” winner and who’s still going strong with her musical career.
Catch more clips from Saturday’s “SNL” on our “SNL” page — right here.