Saturday Night Live Dress Rehearsal: Pete Davidson vs. Yellow Contacts

If you checked out Bleeding Cool's look at the holiday episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live, then you know that we found the pre-break outing a solid outing with a mixed bag of hits and near-misses (nothing outright bad). One sketch that stood out was the one with Pete Davidson as The Grinch, rocking tighty-whities and trying to help host Kristen Wiig and Mikey Day's Whoville residents explain their way around the fact that The Grinch stayed over for a threesome when the kids (Kyle Mooney, Chloe Fineman) start asking questions. This shouldn't have worked- and at nearly four minutes, it almost didn't. Yet it went out on the edge and got us from laughing to feeling disturbed to wanting to switch to another channel to us finally giving in to it and laughing our asses off.

Saturday Night Live released some rehearsal footage from The Grinch sketch. (Image: NBC screencap)
Saturday Night Live released some rehearsal footage from The Grinch sketch. (Image: NBC screencap)

Now, SNL is offering a pretty rare look at any video from dress rehearsals- and in the case of The Grinch sketch, we're glad we did. See, Davidson's holiday icon originally had yellow contacts for effect- except there was a really large problem. Turns out Davidson couldn't actually see anything with them in, a fact that's pretty important when you need to read off of cue cards. It's also a fact that Davidson doesn't hesitate to make everyone aware of (we swore he was going to take a dive down the stairs for one second) in the clip below:

Here's a look at the full, original sketch to use as a comparison:

Saturday Night Live's 46th season includes Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, and Bowen Yang. Che and Jost serve as head writers, with Bryan Tucker serving as senior writer. Lauren Holt (The Filth), Punkie Johnson (Space Force), and Andrew Dismukes (Comedy Central's Colossal ClusterFest, New York Comedy Festival) are joining the cast as feature players. Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump, with Maya Rudolph joining them as Kamala Harris, and Jim Carrey as Joe Biden for part of the season before cast member Moffat took over the role just before the holiday break (with Bennett continuing Mike Pence).

Not including specials and digital series, Saturday Night Live has won over 70 Emmy Awards, the most for any show in television history. SNL also holds the title for the most nominated television show in Emmy history with over 275 nominations (once again, not including specials and digital series). The long-running sketch comedy and musical series is executive produced by Lorne Michaels, produced by Steve Higgins and Erik Kenward, and directed by Don Roy King. Ken Aymong serves as a supervising producer, with Lindsay Shookus, Erin Doyle, and Tom Broecker producing. The series is produced by SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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