Roller Coaster Accident – The rest of the episode was pretty fantastic, featuring a wide variety of sketches. Most of them were entirely original, with only a “Street Fighter 6” voice recording session relying on a previous formula. Right on the coattails of the State Farm sketch was another feat of oddball comedy from the increasingly fantastic Sarah Sherman. Previously, Sherman brought plenty of laughs with a bug-eyed sketch that was not only funny, but featured some impressive makeup effects. This time, Sherman had another unsettling physical bit up her sleeve, and Jordan came along for the ride.
In this sketch, a morning news show welcomes back their cooking segment host Francine, who is fresh off an incident that kept her stuck on a running roller coaster at a speed of 150 miles an hour for 19 hours straight. Inspired by that family game Speak Out, which finds players trying to say different phrases while wearing a mouthpiece that won’t let them shut their mouth, Sarah Sherman plays Francine with her mouth wide ups, and wild hair and blouse perpetually blown by the wind.
It’s a simple gag, but Sherman’s wild eyes and enthusiasm make it that much more hilarious, and it only gets funnier as she drinks wine and eats food, all of it falling out of her mouth and onto her shirt. The sketch takes things further when it’s revealed that the show’s weather man was also on the roller coaster, and we get to see a bearded Michael B. Jordan with his mouth forced open. Amusingly, Jordan wasn’t shy about letting minestrone soup spill out of his mouth, with vegetables getting stuck in his faux beard. It’s yet another example of a 10-to-1 type sketch being put in the primetime spot after the monologue, and we’re not mad about it.
King Brothers Toyota – This sketch had me cracking up for a variety of reasons. First of all, this pairing of Andrew Dismukes and James Austin Johnson was spectacular, and they really must be teamed up more often. Secondly, the sketch started off feeling like your average high energy car commercial, but then had the vibe of a wrestling video with one wrestler threatening another for the title. Furthermore, there’s the increasing desperation of the King Brothers attempts to get rid of their overstocked automobiles that have them trapped at their dealership. And finally, the threats of long lines at the likes of trendy chain restaurants like Raising Cane’s, Chik-fil-A, and In-N-Out Burger is totally real, and the fact that it’s the basis for a commercial like this is truly hilarious.
Towel Guys – Sadly, not all the sketches were winners. While this wasn’t a downright terrible sketch, it ending up feeling like a poor man’s version of the famous valet drivers from “Key & Peele.” Marcello Hernandez and Kenan Thompson play the towel guys at a hotel in a Dominican Republican resort at Punta Cana, and they only have generic assumptions about Americans, which make them think a white woman they see is Ellen DeGeneres, or a guy from New Jersey must be like Tony Soprano. It’s not unfunny, it’s just not all that great. What made the sketch memorable though, was Michael B. Jordan appearing as their boss and doing one of the worst Dominican accents you’ll ever here. Take this as a moment to remember that no matter how talented, ripped, and famous Michel B. Jordan may be, there are still things he’s terrible at.
For the rest of the sketches, including riffs on Southwest Airlines, a male confidence seminar, an awkward bachelorette party (this is where Jordan pops and locks), and more, hit up the “Saturday Night Live” YouTube page.