The last seven days have provided SNL with an approximate metric fuck-ton of topical inspiration. One piece, of course,

In the endlessly fragmented dropped pie that is the television landscape, it’s rare that live TV unites everyone in the world in the conviction

Five days later, host Jerrod Carmichael—an established comic and star of the late, lamented (at least by me) NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show

That doesn’t happen every week, and Carmichael is uniquely candid and moving in Rothaniel as he details this

So despite Carmichael’s less-than-household-name status, this SNL episode arrived with more anticipatory buzz than usual.

—so perceptive and inventive in his standup—push the show to go afield on gay themes (a direction that led to one of the most laug