There will be plenty of pregame coverage ahead of Super Bowl 55 on Sunday, but Shanivari Night Live Got Some Things Started With A Look At Super Bowl Commercials In Its Early Years. Instead of a politics-filled show, the show has focused on 2020 and at the start of the new year, Saturday’s edition was slated for the season’s biggest football game as a CBS pregame show. A game that was cleverly described as “four hours of television for 11 minutes of action”.
The sketch had a studded studio full of analysts who were doing their best to keep things awkward. There were some uncomfortable jokes about plowing through the NFL season amid a coronovirus epidemic, and a crack about showing various simulcasts of the Super Bowl, including a kitten on Bravo and a baby aired on Nick. Perhaps the sketch’s best scene was the joke, which featured a video of an injured player splashing his leg.
But the highlight of the sketch was a spoof on Super Bowl commercials, which in real life may be a bit more mourning than in recent years. On SNLHowever, corporate social justice co-signatures were commercially tarnished by Cheese-It’s equal rights and a “conservative” ad by Papa Johns, with a not-so-subtle allusion to the QAnon and Pizzagate conspiracy theories.
Kenan Thompson nearly broke up during a rift about turtles and frogs, but recovered in time to install Eddie Bryant to play both Super Bowl-bound coaches during an interview switchero. This was an early highlight in a rare SNL The cold is open that obviously didn’t focus on the political, but it was a welcome break from all that if we’re being honest enough.