“Saturday Night Live” pulled off a zany LaGuardia Airport mock musical that included a star turn by actor Jake Gyllenhaal playing a plane passenger who loves to be checked out by Transportation Security Administration agents.
In a kind of homage to his earlier “Diner Lobster” and “Bodega Bathroom” sketches, former “SNL” writer and host of the night John Mulaney launched the wacky ride when Pete Davidson questionably asked for sushi at the trashy, but very pricey, food shop in the airport.
The musical featured unaccompanied bad baby Beck Bennett cooing about his hijinks to “Cool” from “West Side Story,” sushi chef Cecily Strong detailing her horrible wares in a bit from “Phantom of the Opera,” and Kate McKinnon as “Annie” blaming Mayor Bill de Blasio for the sun not coming out tomorrow at LaGuardia.
The “Nightcrawler” star did a parody of “Defying Gravity” (“You can tell that I enjoy security”) from “Wicked,” playing the guy who shows up for his flight in pajamas for easy agent access.
Bowen Yang hit the racism swirling around the coronavirus scare. “Profiled Asian — no I wasn’t in ‘Parasite.’ I know the virus is bad, but it’s coming from Italy, too,” he crooned in a spoof of “Suddenly Seymour.”
David Byrne capped it all off leading the crew singing: “We’re on a plane to nowhere.”
Check it out in the video up top.
Gyllenhaal has been part of the wild children’s musical comedy special “John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch,” which debuted on Netflix on Christmas Eve. Check it out here: