Issa Rae, star and creator of HBO’s hit series, “Insecure” took on the hosting duties at Saturday Night Live for the first time last night.
During her monologue, Rae joked about having nothing but time on her hands these days. The writer and comedian said her go to response to people inquiring about what she’s been up to is: “Puzzles, bitch — I don’t know.”
Rae showcased her talent best in a date sketch with Chris Redd where a parade of her disreputable exes keep turning up and interrupting the dinner date.
One ex, played by Kenan Thompson, aggressively hawked flowers to vulnerable outside diners, and when he spotted Rae, he vulgarly praised her “titty meat” and stole the couple’s French wine before exiting.
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Another live sketch featured Rae alongside Kate McKinnon and Bowen Yang in a Montreal-based morning show, “Bonjour Hi!” In the sketch, Rae displayed a decent, although comical, French accent.
During the “Your Vote Chicago” sketch, Rae played a lawyer for the NAACP. While speaking about political candidates, Rae’s character said she was “voting for everybody Black,” which referenced Rae’s comments that she was “rooting for everybody Black” at the 2017 Emmy Awards.
However towards the end of the sketch she mentioned one Black candidate she would not be supporting.
“When we come back we’ll talk about the presidential race between Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and Kanye West,” Thompson’s anchor character said.
Rae’s character fired back, “Kanye? F him!”
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Responding to the sketch on Twitter, Kanye West wrote: “I’ve always said SNL uses black people to hold other black people back. My heart goes out to Issa Rae. I’m praying for her and her family.”
West also added, “I know that the twenty years of service that I’ve paid in the entertainment field has furthered our ability to be more successful.”
To date, Rae has not commented on West’s tweet.
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