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Jack Harlow Turns in a First-Class Efficiency as Host and Musical Visitor on ‘Saturday Evening Reside’

In his double-duty stint as host and musical visitor on “Saturday Evening Reside,” Jack Harlow was one of the crucial energetic friends the present has seen in lots of episodes. He’s not prepared for prime time but as an actor, however the 24-year-old Kentucky-born-and-raised rapper introduced an vitality to the present that was plain.

He appeared in almost each sketch — a rarity for hosts nowadays — and his assured however typically self-deprecating demeanor influenced the writers to ship sharp dialog: The present took clear goal at Hollywood’s typically condescending portrayal of Southern life and Southern tradition.

One reality-show spoof featured Harlow enjoying up an exaggerated Southern accent as a befuddled groom at a Halloween-night marriage ceremony with a finest man, performed by Andrew Dismukes, who dressed up as “the Joe-ker” for the event. Over the protests of the bride (performed by Heidi Gardner), marriage ceremony friends vote on whether or not the “Joe-ker” will get to remain. (“Survivor” host Jeff Probst even popped as much as adjudicate.)

One other sketch skewered the poverty and addiction-porn film style with the backdrop of an AA-type restoration assembly. Harlow performed a reluctant attendee who ultimately is coaxed into revealing that he’s at all times “had an important concept for a Pixar film.” The thought, which concerned suitcases, bounced across the room till Tom Hanks busted in with a cameo. Cecily Robust — in a pointy return to the sequence — performed a strung-out trying girl with electrified hair who helpfully reminds the group that “motion pictures about drug addicts must have a tune.” The bit ends with a gaggle (together with Hanks) arm-in-arm in a refrain line singing “Pack Your self With Love.” Harlow additionally shined as a confused rider in Cellblock 666’s haunted elevator, which additionally featured Hanks because the King of Halloween, “David S. Pumpkins.”

Whereas Harlow has stated he comes from a liberal background — he referenced his shut friendship with Lil Nas X, probably the most outspokenly homosexual artist in hip-hop historical past, throughout his opening monologue — each sketches might have mirrored an eye-roll at how Hollywood views deep red-state America, particularly at a time of such division in politics and tradition.

Harlow additionally spoofed himself as a good-looking heartthrob and girls’ man in quite a few methods, from horny gyrating as a bartender in a sketch with Bowen Yang to hitting on Whoopi Goldberg (performed by Ego Nwodim) in a “The View” sketch to diving into the group throughout his monologue to take the hand of an adoring younger girl (“Michaela,” she managed when he requested her title.) In one other sketch, he performed a frat boy dressed as a tampon, repeatedly yelling “Sigma” to the digital camera and asking the place he can rating some “coke.” That willingness to make enjoyable of himself has been an indicator of his profession: He appeared as a janitor in an “SNL” skit final 12 months when he was a musical visitor; he performs a short-order prepare dinner within the video for his breakthrough single “What’s Poppin.”

Harlow was throughout Studio 8H final evening, donning a white “Saturday Evening Fever” outfit and summoning the spirit of John Travolta for “Lil Secret/First Class,” and easily performing “State Truthful,” a play to his “youthful days” – “the hate used to get to me, I simply snort now.”



Harlow, who was named Selection’s 2021 Hitmaker of the 12 months, is coming off of two No. 1 singles up to now 12 months — his personal “First Class” and his tag-team with Lil Nas X, “Business Child” — and on Saturday evening, he got here to play. With 2023 Grammy nominations probably (we’ll discover out on Nov. 15), this fast-rising star can add a profitable “Saturday Evening Reside” internet hosting stint to his resume.

(Extra reporting by Jem Aswad.)


Jack Harlow Turns in a First-Class Efficiency as Host and Musical Visitor on ‘Saturday Evening Reside’



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