SNL Video: Cumberbatch Turns Chuck E. Cheese Into an ’80s Dance Occasion


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SNL Video: Cumberbatch Turns Chuck E. Cheese Into an ’80s Dance Occasion

Within the grand custom of “Area Pants” — Peter Dinklage’s insane, Devo-inspired tune that the present finally launched as a single — this week’s Saturday Night Live provides one other knock-off of a deeply ’80s aesthetic.

Mikey Day and Chloe Fineman are the dad and mom of a pleasant younger additional taking part in their son at a Chuck E. Cheese. Visitor host Benedict Cumberbatch is one half of the synth-pop duo Reflection Denied, subbing in for the restaurant’s animatronic band — most likely as a result of that retro tour with Duran Duran and New Order hasn’t received round to calling but. His associate is Bowen Yang; each are sporting mouse ears and a plastic nostril over their basic new wave apparel.

Like his work all through the remainder of the episode, Cumberbatch exceeds expectations with a dedication to the bit that outdoes even among the common performers. The self-seriousness of the musical style calls for the identical from a parody and he nails it. The excessive falsetto he reaches is each foolish and spectacular on the identical time.

Sarah Sherman will get a short, however memorable look because the band’s supervisor (/dancer?), Julie. Aristotle Athari performs Pasqually, the pizza chef — maybe higher identified now because the identify Chuck E. Cheese makes use of on supply apps after they run as a ghost kitchen. Alex Moffat is the superfan/retailer supervisor.

However no musical SNL sketch can be full with out Cecily Robust coming in to indicate us all the way it’s completed. She performs Katie Carrot, deserted denizen of Chuck E. Cheese’s salad bar. Like Cumberbatch, her dedication to the drama of early ’80s techno-pop is a terrific throwback to the times of Depeche Mode and Pet Store Boys. Fineman’s character says, “I do know that carrot. I’ve been that carrot,” and damnit, we imagine her.

Elsewhere within the episode, the collection tackled the attainable Roe v. Wade reversal with a trip to the Middle Ages.

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