SNL's Drake Episode: 5 Best Scenes

Drake showcases his comedy chops; Sasheer Zamata, SNL's new castmember, makes her debut.

Rapper Drake's impressive hosting performance—owning roles from A-Rod to Katt Williams to an awkwardly straightlaced dad, and selling even sketches that didn't otherwise quite hold up—served as a reminder that his start was not as a musician but as an actor (on Degrassi: The Next Generation). The episode also marked the much anticipated debut of Sasheer Zamata, the show's first black female castmember since Maya Rudolph's departure in 2007. Zamata appeared in speaking roles in five of the night's sketches. As musical guest, Drake performed "Started from the Bottom" and "Trophies" and (with Jhené Aiko) "Hold On We're Going Home" and "From Time."

Some highlights...

Cold open—Piers Morgan Live: in a special "public figures apologies" episode, Piers Morgan (Taran Killam) welcomes Chris Christie (Bobby Moynihan), A-Rod (Drake), and a defiant Justin Bieber (Kate McKinnon).


 

The monologue—Drake apologies for the expression YOLO, unveils his Canadian, half-Jewish roots, and flashes back to his Bar Mitzvah with a rap to the tune of "Hava Nagila." ("Don't forget I'm black; Dont forget I'm Jewish; I play ball like LeBron, and I know what a W-2 is...")


 

Hip Hop Classics—a look back at the little known acting debuts of top rap stars, featuring Eminem (Taran Killam) on Felicity, Lil Wayne (Drake) as Urkel on Family Matters, Rihanna (Sasheer Zamata) in the Barbados reboot of Blossom, and Flavor Flav (Kenan Thompson) as the adult voice of Fred Savage on The Wonder Years.


 

Resolution Revolution—despite New Year's resolutions, Taran Killam, Drake, Sasheer Zamata, and Jay Pharoah can't resist the lure of donuts, liquor, sex toys, and cosplay...


 

Arianna Huffington (Nasim Pedrad) drops by Weekend Update to weigh in on Hillary's 2016 prospects.


 

NEXT, on January 25: Jonah Hill, with musical guest Bastille.
 

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On Election Day in 1996, TheAtlantic.com launched a weekly editorial cartoon feature drawn by Sage Stossel and named (aptly enough) "Sage, Ink." Since then, Stossel's whimsical work has been featured by the New York Times Week in Review, CNN Headline News, Cartoon Arts International/The New York Times Syndicate, The Boston Globe, Nieman Reports, Editorial Humor, The Provincetown Banner (for which she received a 2009 New England Press Association Award), and elsewhere. Her work has also been included in Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, (2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010 editions) and Attack of the Political Cartoonists. Her children's book, On the Loose in Boston, was published in June 2009.

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After college she took what was intended to be a temporary summer position securing electronic rights to articles from The Atlantic's archive for use online. Intrigued by The Atlantic's rich history and the creative possibilities in helping to launch a digital edition of the magazine on the Web, she soon joined The Atlantic full time. As the site's former executive editor, she was involved in everything from contributing reviews, author interviews, and illustrations, to hosting message boards and producing a digital edition of The Atlantic for the Web.

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