Tonight marked the night that Saturday Night Live returned to the air as Canadian rapper Drake stopped by to host the show and serve as musical guest. But before Drake could kick off his hosting duties, we had to get through the opening sketch — something that has been hit or miss as of late.
Among the pop culture events that the opening sketch spoofed, was the ongoing Alex Rodriguez steroid scandal. Last week, A-Rod was handed a 162-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal and SNL skewered the situation and A-Rod’s reaction to it during the opening sketch.
Drake appeared as A-Rod in the sketch, claiming that he never took steroids and the emails to Tony Bosch were simply autocorrected, and that’s the reason it ‘appeared’ he was asking for steroids. Among the other things Drake did to make fun of A-Rod was he rambled senselessly and made allegations of collusion, much like Rodriguez actually did in real life.
The sketch wasn’t the best of season, but it also wasn’t the worst we’ve seen and it was far from being a dud. It also showed us that Drake might not be that bad of a host and helped set the night up with a little bit higher expectation that we were coming into it with.