This Saturday is about African American standup legends, Christmas, and nerdy intersectionalism. We’re gonna go with the comedy luminaries as our suggestions for a somewhat sunny Saturday.
Lil Rel Howery: I Said It, Y’all Were Thinking It [Netflix]
This bluntly titled hourlong is Lil Rel’a new HBO comedy special. He returns home to Chicago for some more honest comedy. My first intro to Lil Rel was Get Out so, personally, i’m looking forward to his observations. [Ed.’s note: He was also good in the Lucas Bros. sketch program Friends of the People]
Saturday Night Live [NBC, 11:30p]
So, tomorrow Dave Chappelle and “canceled” will surely be trending, but then he’s still getting the biggest gigs in the world, and he’s now more than halfway to the Five Timers Club on America’s longest running (by far) comedy show. He’s the go-to post-Election host. As long as Chappelle does not get caught up on defending his more indefensible takes, it should be a funny monologue, and it’s been an underrated season so far with some promising new cast.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- We’re not even sure WHAT to make of this, but it’s one of the odder crossovers of the… ever! The Star Wars universe meets up with Japan’s Studio Ghibli. Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies is something that has happened and it should be adorable and it’s on, where else, Disney+.
- And we’re already at the spot where Christmas hits the L-HV (Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex), which means we’re near the end. But since it’s Saturday, it also means we’ve still got the majority to cover. We’ll start on the faux Lifetimes and imitation Hallmarks. Up brings us A Tiny Home Christmas, in which a broken-up couple have to team up to help build small homes for the underprivileged. GAF offers the simply titled A Merry Christmas Wish, featuring two likeable people who find love on the holidays. Lifetime’s got Reindeer Games Homecoming, which is not a very late-arriving sequel to the Ben Affleck “classic” but a romantic holiday film about a local woman whose childhood crush returns from Hollywood. Finally, Hallmark’s got new flicks on both its channels: the original Hallmark Channel is airing The Royal Nanny, about a nanny who is also royal(?) and HMM features Our Italian Christmas Memories which is pretty self-explanatory.