Drake joins the two-timers' club—or is it the four-timers' club, because he did double duty as host and musical performer again—on Saturday Night Live, bringing his Canadian charm to Studio 8H. And let's say this: He's very good at playing a hapless Canadian "Black Jeopardy" contestant.
Since the presidential election is truly the best entertainment out there right now, the cold open was Donald Trump and Chris Christie. Drake's monologue gave him an opportunity to cover off those memes everyone loves to make of him (he discussed this with Jimmy Fallon as well) and his alleged romance with RiRi. He also channeled his singing into a good digital sketch about his beefs with the staff: In a slam directed at Pete Davidson, "You skinny as hell!... You ain't Josh Gad!"
This episode was a good showcase for Jay Pharoah, who appeared in the cold open as Ben Carson and in "Black Jeopardy," but his real capstone was his impressions of rappers for Weekend Update—and then being confronted by Drake about his Drake impression. Anyway, we have a suspicion the cast won't mind having him back:
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Other sketches included the return of Baby Boss (ugh), a car rental scenario, PBS pledge drive with a 1970s soul singer clip, an American Ninja Warrior contestant played by Bobby Moynihan, and a high school party chaperone. Click through to see all the videos.
Next week, for the season finale, the host is former SNL cast member Fred Armisen, with Courtney Barnett as the musical guest.