This weekend Saturday night live featured singers and rappers Lizzo both as host and musical guest for the episode. Of course she took part in many of the sketches and in one of them she joined the cast Chris Red and Bowen Yang singing about something that many of us can relate to: the joy of eating while watching something on YouTube.
Redd and Yang are in the Baskin & Robbins video clip and their song is titled “Sensual Evening In”. The skit’s title and overall mood make it seem like the couple are about to sing some cheesy romantic song, but turns out there’s no romance. Almost a minute into the song, Yang sings that he remembers that he actually lights all the candles and doesn’t set the mood for anyone but himself because “There’s no one home”.
So, like many of us, Redd and Yang pull out their phones and open YouTube to watch something while they eat dinner. Since there is “no one to talk to” here, the two find solace and entertainment in watching random videos. Some of these videos include step-by-step cooking, popping pimples, Joe Rogan Clips and amateur documentaries.
Halfway through the video, the song also caters to those who have fallen too far down the rabbit hole of outlandish conspiracy theories and start believing everything they see on the internet. The song even changes the tone a bit for Yang to express his concerns about the type of content Redd — or Demetrius — appears to be consuming on the platform.
Then comes Lizzo, the embodiment of “the algorithm” that apparently SNL decidedly should look almost like Elsa Frozen. “I know you better than you know yourself,” Lizzo raps as examples of random recommended videos pop up around her. Her power to know what people want to see seems to confuse Yang and Redd, which is an accurate representation of how we all must have felt at some point when the algorithm guessed something we want to see.
Towards the end, Lizzo makes a suggestion for the couple to follow: eat together instead of alone. However, they still have their phones open on YouTube while gorging on food at the shared table, and due to their full mouths, the song’s lyrics become indistinguishable.
This was certainly one of the most relatable sketches from this weekend SNL Consequence. Check out the sketch below:
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https://collider.com/snl-lizzo-bowen-yang-chris-redd-food-youtube-sketch/ Bowen Yang and Chris Redd sing about combining food and YouTube