The Best and Worst of Jerrod Carmichael’s Hosting Debut

This week’s “Saturday Night Live” saw comedian Jerrod Carmichael step into the hosting hot seat, promoting his recent HBO standup special, “Rothaniel.

Naturally, this continued this season of “SNL’s” impressive streak of first-time hosts, this time with someone with — admittedly — less star power than the others.

Carmichael spent his monologue talking around “it” (the Will Smith/Chris Rock Oscars controversy, of course)

It’s an openness and honesty that one could imagine would inform Carmichael’s role as the latest first-time celebrity host in “SNL” Season 47.

In terms of “SNL’s” handling of the Smith/Rock situation, Carmichael’s monologue went the route of not even saying any names at all.

After “Word Crunch” from Zoe Kravitz’s episode, the next game show sketch was always going to be fighting an uphill battle.

Plus, the joke of losing track of dates and months during a pandemic is already something “SNL” has done outside of this sketch.