by Julian Spivey
Just when you think that there was no way possible for “Saturday Night Live” to add another classic Christmas sketch to its already long list of classic Christmas sketches they surprise you.
Host and former ‘SNL’ cast member Jimmy Fallon and breakout ‘SNL’ star Cecily Strong turned in one of the all-time ‘SNL’ Christmas greats with their unique and hilarious take on the great Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” on this past Saturday night’s (Dec. 21) episode.
When the duo began the performance of the timeless song I figured it was going to be a sketch about how potentially rapey the song sounds, but they surprised me by turning it into a version your typical “hit-it-and-quit-it” male would sing after getting what it is he wanted.
Fallon and Strong are both at the top of their comedic game here. The urgency he shows trying to get her to stay at first and then later leave really is hilariously spot-on, as is her clichéd clinginess after the fact.
You could tell the duo was really having a ball with this sketch, which added to the classic-ness of the whole thing, and I’m frankly surprised that Fallon, notorious for cracking up in the middle of sketches, was able to keep his comedy cool on this one.
Among the best lines of the parody performance are Fallon’s “I said a lot of things” and especially “can you take the trash when you go?” Then the whole thing goes from incredibly funny to charmingly cute in its finale making it truly the perfect holiday sketch.
The look on Fallon and Strong’s faces and the warm embrace the two shared just after the sketch before the show went to commercial was a little added bonus, because you could tell how much they truly enjoyed it, almost as much as we enjoyed watching it.
Kudos to whichever ‘SNL’ writer, I wonder if Fallon had anything to do with it, came up with this terrific idea for a sketch, one I’m sure we’ll be seeing for many years to come on ‘SNL: Best of Christmas’ specials.