Drake Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches

Drake’s got a reputation for himself now as one of Saturday Night Live‘s most reliable hosts.

The Degrassi star-turned-rapper gave it his all upon his return to Studio 8H in his second double-duty stint as host and musical guest (in support of his new album Views). While the humor in some sketches might’ve been more questionable than, say, the level of acceptable funk on a song by Downtown Sasquatch, the Artist Formerly Known as Jimmy Brooks shined when asked to play a 1970s R&B singer, a rude rental car salesman and a rare black Canadian named Jared.

Seeing as though he’s the only musical guest in recent memory capable of pulling double duty as adroitly as five-timer Justin Timberlake, it’s easy to imagine Lorne Michaels calling Drake on the cell phone again during Season 42. (And to think he allegedly started from the very bottom!)

Lo and behold, my picks for best and worst sketches from Season 41’s penultimate episode:

BEST: DRAKE’S BEEF
In what was arguably the best digital short of the season, the Grammy winner drew inspiration for his latest verses from a plethora of rage-inducing #FirstWorldProblems. His lyrics grew more explicit with each alleged confrontation, like when Pete Davidson made fun of him for having trouble with his television set, or when Aidy Bryant removed his baseball cap from a nearby chair to make herself comfortable.

BEST: MORE THAN A MEME (OPENING MONOLOGUE)
Before busting out a Rihanna wig to deny rumors that they’re more than just friends, Drake embraced his role in Internet culture with a clever ballad that poked fun at the many memes inspired by his “Hotline Bling” dance moves, his time on Degrassi and the cover of his latest album release.

BEST: BLACK JEOPARDY
In the latest edition of one of SNL’s most reliable game show sketches, Drake tackled a character he was born to play: a black Canadian. Though we could’ve done without the self-referential humor when host Darnell Hayes claimed that no good rappers have ever come from north of the border, Rick Moranis-enthusiast Jared was “hilarious, dawg” with his thick Toronto accent, his inability to be impolite and his failure to excel at such categories as “Oh Snap!” and “Bruh.” Thankfully for Jared, he still managed to win by uttering the secret black phrase of the day.

HONORABLE MENTION: JAY PHARAOH ON WEEKEND UPDATE
Pharaoh is SNL‘s go-to impressionist these days, and for good reason. This was the second time he brought a parade of impersonations to the Update desk this season, but his A+ channeling of rappers such as Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Will Smith (aka a rapper Colin Jost likes) put this segment over the top. Drake confronting him about his Drake impression was just the icing on the cake.

WORST: BABY BOSS
Whether you love or hate this sketch in which Dick Patterson is a 52-and-9-months-old man with the body of a baby, there’s no denying Beck Bennett’s commitment to the bit. His MVP-level physicality was no less impressive here, but the sketch surrounding the character’s return left much to be desired and made little-to-no use of Drake. This time around, Patterson was brought in as a potential Republican candidate for president should Donald Trump not secure enough delegates to avoid a contested convention. Blerg.

OK, it’s your turn: What did you think of this week’s SNL? Grade the episode in our poll, then sound off in the comments.

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33 Comments
  1. Brandy says:

    Nowhere near as good as Ariana Grande was, but he did a nice job. Kate as the Russian lady was my favorite part of the night by far.

    • Ian says:

      Exactly. Read the first line of this, and was like, “Pretty sure that’s Ariana.” Lol.
      I’m expecting her to rack the appearances pretty quickly and get into the 5 times Club in a few years.

    • Ugonna Wosu says:

      He fid a better job two years ago than Ariana did this year though . That plus last night is why they’re saying he’s reliable

  2. Dave says:

    Terrible. The whole thing.

    • Scott says:

      Completely agree. Never written a comment on any Web site, but this was the worst episode of SNL ever. Hated every minute.

    • Ray says:

      Agreed. Worst of the season by far.

    • Carrie says:

      I agree. I can’t believe his opening monologue has been included among the best of the night. I thought it was weird and awkward. In fact, he was pretty weird and awkward throughout, and the writing was pretty terrible. I didn’t enjoy this one.

  3. Patrick says:

    The bit in the car rental may have been one of the worst live sketches SNL has ever done.

    • Tom says:

      Right? Like, what was even the point? And to have it so early? Some new writers are needed.

      • Patrick says:

        Drake was game for whatever, and he’s seriously talented. But he ignored the prime directive when hosting SNL. Never, ever be the host the week before a returning (recent) cast member is hosting. The writers (Lorne) withhold all the best skits for the week where the former cast member is hosting.

    • S. says:

      You may not’ve gotten or liked it, but I thought that sketch was fine. It you’ve had people with that attitude serve you, and that type of thing I absolutely have seen, it’s funny. As for the baby body sketch, the audience clearly never really gets it, but I’ve always liked it. Beck always commits and always nails it. The Trump baby hands reference was worth that entire sketch just because you know it has to infuriate him and you know he’ll see it because it’s a mention of him on SNL. ;)

      • Buffy0531 says:

        I agree. Beck has me in stitches with the man-baby, and it’s because he so commits to the role.

        • I liked it too. The hands comparison was spot on. But I am pretty sure that Trump would win in any temper tantrum comparisons. Also, while Ariana and Drake are fine, give me Bruno Mars anytime.

  4. Larry Estrin says:

    Jay Pharough was great in everu sketcfh. And he was in a lot. I liked the JayZ/Beyonce sketch and the ompressopms duromg weelemd I[date

  5. Rick23 says:

    Weekend Update was the best in a long time. Really funny from start to finish.

  6. jon anthony says:

    Spectacularly UNfunny TV…..

  7. Great episode. Better than the Russell Crowe or Peter Dinklage ones for sure. Some skits were not great, but it’s hard to hit homers for every one. But this one was the best in some time.

  8. Kevin K says:

    I give the Drake episode of SNL an A but in my opinion Ariana Grande was at her best this season. The American Ninja Warrior sketch which was left out from the list is hilarious as did the Black Jeopardy part. Can’t wait for next week’s season finale with Fred Armisen. Any suggestions which cast member(s) will be gone from SNL after this season? Kyle Mooney? Beck Bennett? Maybe Jon Rudnitsky?

  9. Dude says:

    Wait, wait, wait. You do know that no one in Toronto has that accent right? I’m not even fully convinced anyone in Canada has that accent.

  10. Shaun says:

    Where’s the love for that funny American Ninja Warrior….terrific physical comedy.

  11. Sharon says:

    I hate the man baby sketches. U have never found them funny.

  12. Dude says:

    Drake was good as always but the writing failed him royally. They’re clearly ready for summer to start.

  13. Monique says:

    Drake did good for what they gave him to work with cause I’m sure when he’s with his friends he’s way more funnier than that. But he did good for what they gave him. #drakecandobetter