'Saturday Night Live' and Jack Harlow: 5 Most Memorable Sketches
Metacritic selects the five most memorable sketches of Jack Harlow's 'Saturday Night Live' episode.
by Danielle Turchiano —
After a week's hiatus, Saturday Night Live returned on Oct. 29 with the second host and musical guest pulling double duty of the season: Jack Harlow. It was also the Halloween episode for the year and the return of series cast member Cecily Strong who had to sit out the first few episodes of the season due to conflicts with her theater performances in The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.
Harlow used his monologue to plug recent work, from his second album to shooting his first film (the White Men Can't Jump reboot), but also to call out how the internet roasts him and address some rumors about himself. His first example for the former was how people say he's the GOAT — "that one from Narnia," but also said he has been described as, "if you tried to draw Justin Timberlake from memory." And when it came to the latter, he covered everything from people "accusing me of being white" to "trying to romantically link me and Lil Nas X."
"I'm going to tell you right now: Everything that happened between us was casual and consensual and one of the best nights of my entire life," he said, only to clarify, "working with him."
When it was time to take the Studio 8H stage for his musical performances, Harlow sang a medley of "Lil Secret" and "First Class" and then "State Fair" from that aforementioned second album, Come Home the Kids Miss You.
See below for the most memorable sketches from Harlow's episode.
PBS NewsHour cold open
Kenan Thompson finally got a chance to play Herschel Walker on SNL, weeks after fans of him and the show were calling for that to happen. In the Oct. 29 cold open sketch, he appeared on a fictional version of PBS NewsHour alongside Mikey Day as Dr. Mehmet Oz and Strong as Kari Lake, three Republican candidates who have surged in pre-election polls in recent days. The three were on to discuss and defend why they are rising in popularity.
While a lot of the real-life candidates' lives, comments, and achievements were covered, the answer might have been summed up best at the start of the sketch when Thompson-as-Walker said, "The whole world is a mystery, ain't it?"