There’s no premise as evergreen as “a corpse is accidentally treated extremely disrespectfully,” and Saturday Night Live’s latest entry into Weekend at Bernie’s territory was no exception. Aidy Bryant, as an 83-year-old bride-to-be, has been dead for less than five seconds before her well-meaning friends and family strap “Bachelorette” novelty sunglasses over her glazed eyes and call in the strippers. In this case, that means Benedict Cumberbatch and Mikey Day, both Logjammin’ed-out in flannel, hard hats, and work belts.
What follows is some great physical comedy as Bryant somehow plays a convincing corpse while having her head bounced back and forth between the men’s crotches in a move they call “a fun sandwich.” Bryant, notoriously prone to cracking up at Kate McKinnon, somehow makes it through not just that bit, but keeps a straight (dead) face while Cumberbatch fills her mouth with whipped cream, tops it with a cherry, eats the cherry, and gives the line he was born to deliver: “My favorite flavor: her mouth.”
But the real cherry on top of the skit was an appearance from World Series champions Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler, and David Ross of the Chicago Cubs. In a touching tribute, perhaps, to Cubs fans who never saw their team win a series before shuffling off their mortal coil, Rizzo, Fowler, and Ross treated Aidy Bryant’s character’s corpse to a triple-play lap dance to remember. Unfortunately, brain activity stops about 40 seconds after the heart stops pumping, so Bryant’s character was undoubtedly completely incapable of forming a new memory of a single thrust or shimmy, much less recalling it in the future. Let’s go Cubbies!