The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with fake news break-in for An NBC Special Report where Jason Sudeikis took over the role of George W. Bush from Will Forte in order to announce to America that he had accidentally started another war during his recent visit to Vietnam that was supposed to promote peace within the region. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Ludacris then officially opened the show with a monolog about the times when our host differentiates himself as rapper, Ludacris, versus when he uses he birthname, like when he acted in the movie Crash. He also shared how the hip-hop persona came about before being interrupted by Kenan Thompson as a childhood friend named Rick “Rickdiculous” Barnes.
This was followed by a fake ad for an album called Young Douglas: Hypin' the Classics where Ludacris played a rapper named Young Douglas who provided the backing tracks on classic hits by cast members as contemporary artists like Jason Sudeikis as Harry Connick Jr.
Dr. Archibald Bitchslap had Ludacris in the titular role so that he and his wife, played by Maya Rudolph, showed troubled couples how to save their marriages with the help of Bitchslap’s bitchslap technique.
This was followed by a parody of The O'Reilly Factor where Darrell Hammond as O’Reilly shared his plans to boycott Def Jam Records for signing Ludacris to their label in the middle of the infamous, O’Reilly vs. Ludacris feud. Of course, this was ridiculous, as if O’Reilly ever supported Def Jam in the first place.
This was followed by a fake ad for Booty Bidness where Ludacris promoted a new line of club clothing that businesswomen could wear to the office as well as while out for the night.
The Blizzard Man featured Andy Samberg as the titular white rapper who Ludacris brought on for a track on his latest album in order to add to the magic of the song only there was nothing about this Blizzard Man’s style that would’ve fit in with the world of hip-hop.
Ludacris then switched to musical guest mode to perform Shake Your Moneymaker.
Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Bill Hader dropped by as John Mark Karr because he took offense to O.J. Simpson’s If I Did It book (now titled, I Did It, after the Goldman’s won the rights) because he wanted to take credit for being the real killer. Jason Sudeikis also stopped by as, angry basketball coach, Bobby Knight, in order to yell at Seth Meyers for making too obvious of a Spiderman joke. Maya Rudolph then wrapped up the guest section of the news as a teen magazine editor who applauded anorexia before she ate her lip gloss because she was feeling starved.
Poolwatch had Ludacris as a pimped out lifeguard who had to carefully remove all of his bling and expensive designer clothing before he could respond to drowning lady in the pool he was paid to watch.
Hair Transplant had Ludacris as a shady hair transplant practitioner who tried to make a quick exit from his makeshift office/trailer after releasing Will Forte who was going for an Elton John-style look but ended up with an afro that filled the area of his male-pattern-baldness.
Lesbian Cruise Ship had Ludacris as a boat captain who was excited to steer a cruise ship filled with lesbians because he thought it would play out the same way that it does in porn, only to be disappointed by the fact that the trip ended up being more of a floating Lilith Fair.
Ludacris then took to the stage with Mary J. Blige to perform Runaway.
Old Friends had Ludacris and Darrell Hammond as two old friends who sat at a lunch counter and complained about just how hectic all of our modern “conveniences” are making their once simple lives.
Finally, Ludacris closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.