Saturday Night Live likes to make fun of things and sometimes they nail it. Yesterday evening, with the host Simu liu and musical guest Saweetie, the show was about one of the most difficult things in the world: karaoke. It’s not that going to karaoke is difficult, but dealing with other people who think they’re the best, that’s the hard part.
The sketch is simple but definitely works. There is an information station in Wilmington, NC that offers karaoke as part of its information station, and that means basically anyone who sang at Rob Bar that week is up for grabs and falls into very specific categories like “bad choice all stars” which are karaoke singers who are good but end up choosing the wrong song.
The characters include “Guy Who Was Doing Great Until the High Note Came In” and “Neal’s ‘Mad World’, the Quiet Guy in the Hoodie” and each new character looks hilarious because we have all been subjected to some form of this person at karaoke. Maybe not Neal in his hoodie, but you know someone’s going to try and sing “Mad World” at some point.
Liu plays a financial brother who sings The Backstreet Boys famous song “I Want It That Way” and continually reminds audiences that they are rich because of their work. There is a nice piece throughout its segment where Chloe finemanThe character makes a joke about sleeping with him multiple times despite making fun of him for coming straight to the karaoke bar to try to fuck, which is hilarious. It’s also nice to see Liu clearly having fun and understanding how perfectly a financial brother would tackle karaoke because we have all lived one way or another.
Sketches like this really work for Saturday Night Live because they are unfortunately linked. Even if you’ve only been to karaoke once, you’ve at least met one of these characters because, unfortunately, he’s the archetypal karaoke fan. Personally, I would love to go to karaoke where a couple perform all of their songs like Marge and Homer Simpson but maybe it’s just me.
Saturday Night Live isn’t always great, but this karaoke skit is really a perfect example of when the show works because that hasn’t been subjected to some weird guy singing “Mad World” by Gary Jules too long ?
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