In the promos for this week’s episode of Saturday night liveBowen Yang greets host Jake Gyllenhaal by butchering and reading his last name on the fly Marshmallow Peeps 2: Where are my peeps? (We can probably do without further accompanying material.)
Gyllenhaal is returning as presenter for the first time in 15 years, and the potential for a good show is high if the writers have better stuff for him than they had for Jerrod Carmichael last week. Gyllenhaal was super comfortable in his guest appearance in 2007, which has a previously unseen versatility. (I mean, if you’re the former hope Prince of Persiayou really can’t show much more commitment SNL Experience than doing the monologue in drag and singing “And I’m telling you, I’m not going.”) He has since appeared in a cameo role in “Airport Sushi”, one of John Mulaney’s signature musical sketches. It’s surprising the show didn’t have him back anymore.
Gyllenhaal’s film profile has faded somewhat while his Broadway resume has grown — this is a man from whom the theater kid can’t be extracted — and it’s a safe bet we’ll see more musical sketch footage this week. On the musical guest front, pop princess Camila Cabello pocketed her new album family, which comes out today. Cabello may appear in sketches herself after playing the lead role 30 rocks vet Kay Cannon’s remake of Cinderellain which critics felt Cabello did well but failed to erase the horror of James Corden “Poke the crotch of the mouse.”
(SIDE/FLASHBACK: For some reason during the pandemic I was re-watching a bunch of the old “Bronx Beat” sketches, One of these aired in Gyllenhaal’s episode. Man, that was Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph. Maybe it’s because I know my share of these ambitious, constantly hurt matriarchs, but the interaction between Poehler and Rudolph was pure gold. The current line-up doesn’t play nearly as well with or against each other as these two do. For many weeks, the actors seem to operate from individual silos – what an original SNL Writer Marilyn Miller called “boutiques” in the Live from New York book – certainly a consequence of the currently enormous regular clientele.)
https://www.avclub.com/jake-gyllenhaal-camila-cabello-bowen-yang-snl-promo-cli-1848767309 Jake Gyllenhaal greeted SNL with a dramatic Peeps reading