Tonight’s Saturday Night Live gave us Waking Up With Kimye, a talk show in which Jay Pharaoh and Nasim Pedrad reprised their familiar impressions of shouty Kanye West and whiny Kim Kardashian. Pharoah’s West (which we last saw in his “I Am A Dog” parody) is pretty strong and included some “Black Skinhead”-y yelps to introduce segments like “What Kim Made” and “Kim Wore It Better.” The show’s host Lady Gaga was not so good as their guest, a nerdy Apple Store employee.
More musician impressions came later in a fake commercial for WHAAAT?: The Worst Cover Songs Of All Time, hosted by Taran Killam’s Adam Duritz. The collection included bad ideas like Britney Spears (Noël Wells) singing Leonard Cohen, Rick Ross (Kenan Thompson) singing Anna Kendrick, Lana Del Rey (Cecily Strong) and Nathan Lane (Bobby Moynihan) singing Shaggy, and Lady Gaga singing Madonna (the joke being that “Born This Way” is a ripoff of “Express Yourself”).
Also R. Kelly made a surprise appearance, joining/humping Gaga for their provocative ARTPOP duet “Do What U Want.”
Gaga pretended to play guitar on “Gypsy.” Watch her at 3:25, it’s pretty funny:
Next week on SNL: Haim!