SNL Addresses Its Diversity Problem with Kerry Washington
The sketch sets up a Scandal parody with Barack Obama and Press Secretary Jay Carney in the Oval Office, but Washington soon enters as Michelle Obama. The sketch addresses the show's lack of diversity, forcing Washington to repeatedly run off-stage to re-enter as another famous black woman. Finally, it ends with a special appearance by Rev. Al Sharpton. It was a clever, funny way for the show's producers to acknowledge a serious problem they have. Washington, by the way, has apparently had a great Oprah impression up her sleeve this whole time.
The rest of the episode was unusually strong. Washington herself was game for almost anything and appeared in nearly every single sketch, somewhat of a rarity for SNL hosts. A personal highlight was a new character by Nasim Pedrad, Heshy, an incredibly enthusiastic motivational speaker. You can watch it here: