Jerrod Carmichael makes his hosting debut saturday night live This weekend and used his monologue to address the elephant in the room – the Will Smith/Chris Rock Oscar slap, and the endless social dialogue that erupted from it.
And, to show how endless the debate and controversy are, they need to say the name of Smith or Rock, not once.
“I’m not going to talk about it. I want to be clear over the top. I talked about it a lot. Keep talking about it. Keep thinking about it. I don’t want to talk about it.” And you can’t ask me to talk about it. But, I have a question: do you want to talk about it? Like you’re not sick of talking about it? Isn’t that crazy – It’s like we’ve been talking about it for so long,” Carmichael said soon after introducing himself.
“This is really going to blow your mind. Can you believe it’s been six days? Six days! It happened a week ago,” he added in a storm of laughter. “Don’t think it happened years ago? It doesn’t look like it happened when we were all in high school? It’s like it happened between Jamiroquai and 9/11. A long, long time ago. It Happened on Sunday. Sunday! It’s Saturday, brother.”
“It was exciting on Monday. I’m not going to lie. If it was Monday, you wouldn’t have been able to shut me up about it,” he recalled. “Tuesday, still talking about it. A little less exciting because it closed out about it. It started to be about a lot of pseudo-arguments … By Wednesday I wanted to kill myself.”
“But by Friday, until Friday, I made a vow to myself. I promised myself I would never talk about it again,” Carmichael continued. “Then Lorne [Michaels] came to my dressing room. He was like, ‘I think you need to talk about this.’ He said, ‘The nation needs to heal.'”
Carmichael then addressed the second point to many fans, though when it was first announced that he would be hosting.
Carmichael quipped, “The country doesn’t even know me! The country doesn’t know who I am.” “The country has no clue who I am. I have to be the least famous host SNL History. Like, at least.”
Carmichael is hosting this week to promote his new HBO comedy special. rothaniel, in which he came out publicly as gay for the first time. When he addressed his personal news, it drew applause from the audience, which he said was “an expected response” from New Yorkers.
“That’s why I live here. If you say you’re gay in New York, you can ride the bus for free and people give you pizza,” he said. “Honestly, if you’re gay in New York, you get to host saturday night live,
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