And just like that it's here: Dan Levy is making his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live.
After a standout 2020, Levy is taking the plum headline spot. While we dreamed of a Schitt's Creek reunion spoof or something like that, Levy went in another direction keeping the references and mentions of the show to an absolute minimum. That said, it was still a really solide showing with sketches about Zillow as well as one about the It Gets Better campaign as true viral gems.
Bridgers put on two beautiful performances throughout the night, ending one by smashing her guitar. A rock star, indeed!
After a Super Bowl themed opening skit, Levy appeared on stage for his opening monologue. For it, the Schitt's Creek creator spoke to his 2020. The year contained highs and lows: winning a historic number of Emmy Awards and having them delivered by attendants in Hazmat suits. But, according to Levy everything is great at Saturday Night Live and socially-distanced. He took viewers on a bit of a tour with a running gag of an overzealous minder, pointing out guidelines along the way. Towards the end of the tour, we see our first appearance by a Schitt's Creek co-star: his father Eugene Levy.
Eugene says he's come to wish Dan well but as he's flown in from Canada he has to quarantine, and is thus in a glass box. Here's to hoping he's the first of many cameos.
In his first skit, Levy played Thoby. Thoby happens to be a tour guide on a Universal Studios tram tour and as a result of over-caffeination is spilling a few too many beans. Not only is he getting into the weeds with fan theories, and oversharing about himself — he calls Newman from Seinfeld his "softener" which ... is essentially the opposite of a fluffer — but telling everyone else's information as well. When Bowen Yang appears as Dylan, someone else who works on the tour, Thoby calls out that they used to be friends be for Dylan found himself deep in an addiction to cocaine.
The cast made a public service announcement spoof for the ongoing pandemic. With the Super Bowl coming up, the spoof creates an imagined Super Bowl party where everyone says they've been completely safe while ... excusing all of the ways in which they have not been safe. Suffice it to say, they all end up with the virus at the center of the pandemic. Cut to Kate McKinnon as Dr. Fauci telling us all what we don't want to hear: stay home, alone, and do nothing for the Super Bowl because the pandemic isn't over yet.
In a talk show sketch centered around a BET Black history show, Levy plays a woke white person who's been "radicalized" and is using the Black Lives Matter movement to build a personality or to go viral.
"White silence is violence" Levy yells as his character Blake. "White people need to listen!" It is important to note that to say this, he has interrupted the Black person speaking. Talk about timely.
For a wedding skit, Levy and McKinnon play passive aggressive friends. They've come to their friend's wedding, and aren't massive fans of the man she's marrying. Instead of saying that outright they object ... but never really object. The key moment: Dan saying "rail me, daddy." Need that clip immediately.
In what's probably our favorite segment of the night, Levy is joined by McKinnon, Yang, and Punkie Johnson — so yes, an all queer cast — for a follow-up to the It's Get Better campaign. That campaign is some 11 years old now (the 10 year anniversary of its book of essays is next month) and now, the group is looking at it from different perspectives. Yang discusses how it seems queers can be even more critical of one another than those outside of the community and McKinnon is dealing with all of the non fairytale aspects of building of family.
As Levy says, in one of his many wigs he's worn throughout the night, progress is queer folks having "straight people problems."
If you wanted a peek at Levy's legs, here's your chance. In this skit, Levy and Cecily Strong play bartenders on Super Bowl night at a bar that the television has gone out. As they wait for the owner to figure out the repair, the two try to entertain a group of friends by singing a popular football song that maybe is not a popular football song? The result is the full cast getting pulled into a jazz number, replete with a tap dance sequence.