Jack Harlow, who does double-duty as host and musical guest on “Saturday Night Live,” has been one of the show’s most energetic guests in many episodes. He’s not quite ready to star, but the 24-year-old Kentucky-born-and-raised rapper brings an undeniable energy to the show.
He appeared in every sketch—unusual for hosts these days—and his confident but often self-deprecating demeanor influenced the writers to deliver sharp dialogue: the show had the clear purpose of portraying Southern life and southern culture often in Hollywood.
A reality show spoof features Harrow playing his exaggerated Southern tune as an anxious groom to his best man at a Halloween-night wedding, played by Andrew Dismukes, dressed as a “Jo-ker” for the occasion. Over the objection of the bride (played by Heidi Gardner), the wedding guests vote on whether “Jo-Ker” should stay. (“Survivor” host Jeff Probst appeared to judge.)
Another designer subverts the poverty and addiction-sex movie genre with the backdrop of an AA-style rehab meeting. Harlow plays a reluctant participant and is finally motivated to reveal that he’s always had “a good idea for a Pixar movie.” The idea involved suitcases thrown around the room until Tom Hanks came in for a cameo. Cecily Strong – returning to the series in Salata – plays a beautiful woman with electric hair that helpfully reminds the crowd that “drug addict movies should have a song.” The beat ends with the group (including Hanks) arm-in-arm singing along to the chorus line, “Keep yourselves in love.” Harlow also shines as a confused rider in Cellblock 666’s hijacked elevator, which also stars Hank as the King of Halloween, “David S. He showed it as a pumpkin.
Although Harlow claims to come from a liberal background — he mentions his close friendship with the most openly gay artist in hip-hop history, Lil Nas X, in his opening single — both designs reflect an eye for how Hollywood views things. Deep red-state America, especially at a time when there is such division in politics and culture.
Harlow also established himself as a beautiful heartbreaker and ladies’ man in a number of ways, from flirting with sexist Jitting in a sketch with Bowen Young to diving into Whoopi Goldberg (played by Igo Nwodim) in a sketch for “The View.” He gathers during his monologue to hold the hand of a lovely young woman (“Michaela”) (“Michaela” when he asks her her name) In another scene, he plays a bratty boy wearing a tampon and yells “Sigma” repeatedly at the camera. Asking where to score some “coke”. That willingness to poke fun at himself has been a hallmark of his career: Last year, he appeared as a janitor in an “SNL” skit as a musical guest; In the video for his breakthrough single, “What’s Poppin’,” he plays a short-order cook.
Harlow was packed at Studio 8H last night, dressed in a white “Saturday Night Fever” outfit and summoning the ghost of John Travolta for “Lil’ Secret/First Class” and gently performing “State Fair” for “Young Days.” – “The hate used to get to me, now I laugh.”
Named Harlow DifferenceThe 2021 Player of the Year is coming off two No. 1 singles in the past 12 months — his own “First Class” and his tag team collaboration with Lil Nas X, “Industry Baby” — and on Saturday night, he came to play. In the year With the 2023 Grammy nominations (we’ll find out on Nov. 15), this fast-rising star can add a successful “Saturday Night Live” hosting stint to his career.
(Additional reporting by Jim Aswad.)