Saturday Night Live poked fun at the “perverts in Central Park” and the pesky charity fundraiser as it celebrated the first week of spring in its latest cold opening.
After New York was hit by a sweltering heatwave, the cast of SNL mocked the famous park’s eclectic features in a marked shift from the usual political commentary.
The comic’s opening show Bowen Yang saw the satirical host turn red-carpet style to present the return of the “freaks, madness and outsiders” that litter the Manhattan landmark.
“The mood here is electric, and the smell of kosher food and horse manure wafts through the air,” he said, while checking out stereotypes including “man alone with a drone” and “high park staff who don’t care about themselves.” their job.”
The Saturday night game also saw host actress Ana de Armas, who announced that she would become a US citizen for her “magic year”.
The sketch, which aired to mixed reviews, opened with regular Michael Day as ‘an older guy doing a solid march’.
Michael Longfellow, left, and James Austin Johnson, center, portray “perverts in the park”
Temperatures soared in the Big Apple this week, giving SNL the idea to poke fun at revelers back in the sun-soaked lawn.
“Here in New York City, it hit 90 degrees this week, a full two months ahead of schedule,” said co-host Heidi Gardner.
And while that may be climatically scary, warm weather can only mean one thing — all the freaks, lunatics, and eccentrics are heading to Central Park. And we expect to see some great park-goers today.”
“She’s an absolute icon of the park,” Chang opens, bringing in Michael Day as “an older guy making a solid run.”
“I’m wearing the tightest spandex shirt ever, mini shorts, and a weird heart rate monitor on my arm,” the parody character joked.
The Central Park ditty performed a hilarious walking demonstration, before the gardener then gave the more serious role of the sketch.
“I’m surprised now,” she said sarcastically. “Not one person joined me, but two perverts who came to the garden to amuse themselves.”
‘It’s good to be off the subway,’ replied Michael Longfellow, a binocular-wearing cast member who appeared alongside James Austin Johnson in the play.
“Where should the police look for you?” asks a gardener, as Longfellow replies, “You know where to find your boys—in the baby bush.”
The show, which entered its 48th season in October 2022, drew 4.2 million people for last week’s showing, a marked drop from the chart classic that previously peaked at 17 million viewers.
Among the many clichéd characters was Molly Kearney, “A Woman Learning to Rollerblade.”
Also featured in the stereotype of Central Park “High Park employees who don’t care about their jobs”
Andrew Desmoux, left, joins Heidi Gardner as he films ‘adult man with drone alone’
“We hoped she would show up,” Zhang continued.
“I always wanted to learn, and I thought what better place than a busy road filled with thousands of people?”
Next on the comedic call was “park employees who don’t care about their jobs,” who quickly admitted, “We’re pretty spread out right now, thank you for asking.”
After a brief appearance from Ego Nwodim as a lost woman in the park, Andrew Desmoux’s sitcom dropped where he portrayed “an adult man with a drone and he’s all alone.”
It was followed by “one of the worst parks ever” – a man with a clipboard who “wants to know if you had a second for a good reason”.
“People absolutely hate you, can you tell us why?” Zhang asked.
Confronting Michael Day’s character, the character, played by Marcelo Hernandez, replied, “I think it’s because I focus on people trying to enjoy themselves, and I ask them for money.”
The sketch, which appeared to be met with mixed reviews after its broadcast, concluded with “Madman with a Microphone” played by Kenan Thompson, and “Rich Woman and Baby” with Chloe Fineman.
Guest host Ana de Armas revealed during her premiere that she will become a US citizen to celebrate her “magical year.”
The show also featured a heart-warming moment with guest host Ana de Armas during her first-ever opening monologue.
“It was a magical year,” said the actress. Not only have I been nominated for an Oscar, but in three weeks I will officially become an American citizen.
“I am proud to become a citizen because when I moved here, everyone was so welcoming.”