Saturday Night Live, with host Benedict Cumberbatch and musical guest Solange (aka Beyonce's baby sister), wound up its pre-election coverage with a delightful twist. As usual, the show opened with Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon furiously going at each other as Trump and Clinton, respectively, but then the two nominees broke character, took hands and fled the studio, running out through the audience onto the street and up to Times Square.
Music surging, the two actors (in full costume) hugged each other's supporters, ate cotton candy, and Baldwin gave McKinnon a piggyback ride back to the studio, before returning to the studio, where the two actors urged viewers to vote. After the show's consistent antagonism towards Trump and his supporters, it was a surprisingly positive way to pivot and plead for unity above and beyond the election.
Cumberbatch completely stole the show this week, thanks to an incredibly specific range of American accents, total commitment to each sketch and an impressive sense of comic timing. Cumberbatch, best known for playing the cold and superior titular character on Sherlock, was not afraid to get down and dirty as a stripper for a (dead) grandmother's bachelorette party. Shout-out to Aidy Bryant for not breaking during the sketch (Jimmy Fallon could never).
Yes, that's Anthony Rizzo, David Ross, and Dexter Fowler from World Series-winning Chicago Cubs, appearing as some very sexy male strippers. Reveling in what has to be the best week for Cubs fans in the last century, the players also appeared as a singing group on Weekend Update alongside original cast member and national treasure Bill Murray.
Yes, the surprise cameos were flying thick and fast on Weekend Update. Not only did we get to check in on Bill Murray, but beloved alum Dana Carvey returned to effortlessly reprise his iconic character Church Lady to comment on the election. It was a powerful reminder that no, it isn't just nostalgia, late '80s/early '90s SNL had the best cast ever.
Even still the night truly belonged to Cumberbatch, who somehow even managed to make sitting backwards on a toilet look cool in this pre-taped homage to the famous 1984 Macintosh commercial.
Next week's Saturday Night Live will be hosted by Dave Chappelle with musical guest A Tribe Called Quest.