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‘SNL’ recap: The best moments and funniest sketches from Dan Levy’s episode

The "Schitt's Creek" star was a capable first-time "SNL" host, and even brought his dad with him.

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With less than 24 hours until Super Bowl LV, “Saturday Night Live” made sure to offer plenty of sketches tied to the big game.

The variety show set the tone right from the start, with the typically political-themed cold open instead featuring cast members playing the hosts of CBS’s “The NFL Today” dissecting the matchup between Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs.

In a later sketch, cast members attended a “totally safe” Super Bowl party, and in a third sketch, they created a musical number based around the Super Bowl

The show wasn’t solely focused on the gridiron, however. Host Dan Levy, one of the stars of Emmy juggernaut “Schitt’s Creek,” jumped into sketches of all types, from commercial parodies to character pieces. Highlights of the episode included an erotic Zillow commercial parody and a cameo from Levy’s father, actor Eugene Levy.

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Here are the top moments and funniest sketches from Dan Levy’s episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

Super Bowl Pre-Game Show Cold Open

Though the cold open ran a bit long (as it often does), there were several fantastic bits sprinkled throughout. A series of commercial parodies brought some laughs with a faux-inspirational ad linking MLK to Cheez-Its and a commercial for Papa John’s aimed to appeal to QAnon conspiracy believers. The MVP of the sketch was Aidy Bryant, who played both Chiefs coach Andy Reid and Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians, switching wardrobes multiple times in a matter of seconds.

Monologue

In his opening monologue, Levy took viewers backstage to show viewers a behind-the-scenes look at COVID protocols on the show. Apparently the protocols consist of a woman named Doreen (Aidy Bryant) poking Levy with a pool noodle to maintain social distance, and putting his father, actor Eugene Levy, in a giant glass enclosure in order to watch the show after traveling from out of state.

Universal Tram

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In Levy’s first big showcase of the evening, he plays a Universal Studios tour guide trainee named Thoby who can’t stop sharing hugely inappropriate anecdotes. As head tour guide Jermey (Mikey Day) tries to keep things on track,  Thoby continues to interjects with jokes about lesbian dinosaurs in the “Jurassic Park” exhibit to his theory about “Back to the Future” centering around a pedophilic relationship.

Zillow

In the best sketch of the night, Levy and several cast members created a pitch-perfect parody of erotic chat TV commercials, but targeted at late 30somethings whose real turn-ons involve browsing dream homes on Zillow. Who needs porn when thousands of virtual homes tours of mansions you may or may not be able to afford are at your fingertips?

Super Bowl Pod

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Most people shouldn’t join together for a Super Bowl party during the pandemic, but what about a group of friends who has been doing everything right? And by everything right, we mean… the exact opposite.

Lifting Our Voices

As part of Black History Month, Kenan Thompsons hosts a show dedicated to recognizing the role of white allies, including a well-intentioned but misguided math teacher (Aidy Bryant) and a trying-too-hard activist (Levy) whose John Lewis tattoo may or may not actually be Al Roker.

Weekend Update

Colin Jost and Michael Che weighed in on the Marjorie Taylor Greene saga during the “Weekend Update” segment on “Saturday Night Live,” hitting back at the freshman congresswoman from Georgia’s weak attempts at apologizing for her harmful conspiracy theories and previous endorsement of violence against Democratic officials.

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Jost savaged Greene for her non-apology, during which she responded to her conspiracy theories about 9/11, school shootings, and Jewish people by saying “nobody’s perfect.”

“‘Nobody’s perfect’ is a cutesy little phrase you say when you accidentally mess up a lunch order. It doesn’t really apply  when you accuse kids of faking a mass shooting,” Jost said. “It’s the same reason, ‘Did I do that?’ was [‘Family Matters’ star] Urkel’s catchphrase and not O.J.’s.”

Hot Damn

What’s a football Sunday without the traditional singing of football songs? What, you’ve never heard of football songs like “Hot Damn”? Let these two bartenders (Levy, Cecily Strong) enlighten you.

Phoebe Bridgers

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For many viewers, this may have been their first introduction to indie rocker Phoebe Bridgers, and the singer-songwriter didn’t disappoint, playing her single “Kyoto” and finishing the night with some rockstar antics, smashing her guitar and amp after performing “I Know the End.”

Wedding Friends

As a couple (Ego Nwodim, Mikey Day) prepare to get married, a catty pair of friends (Levy, Kate McKinnon) won’t quite go so far as to object to the wedding — as long as you’re happy, we’re happy! — but still find passive-aggressive ways to make their feelings about the groom perfectly clear.

It Gets Better

In the final sketch of the night, three LGBT cast members (Kate McKinnon, Punkie Johnson, Bowen Yang) joined Levy (who is also gay) in a parody of the “It Gets Better” campaigns that inspired LGBT youth in the early 2010s. While the group maintained that it mostly gets better, coming out can bring its own set of problems, including being bullied by fellow gays about your music taste, gay divorce, and in McKinnon’s case a …giant iguana?

Men’s Cosmetics (Cut for Time)

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In this unaired sketch posted on YouTube Sunday morning, Levy, Pete Davidson, and Alex Moffat put the man in spokesman as they advertise makeup products just for men, even though the aggressive voiceover actor (Beck Bennett) refuses to actually call it makeup.

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