"Saturday Night Live" reacted to the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision and similar ruling in the Eric Garner case with a cold open lampooning Al Sharpton and a bit on "Weekend Update", but a sketch cut for time was its best portrayal of a nation in shock.
Kenan Thompson and Cecily Strong play beleaguered morning talk show hosts Kip and Jenny on "Rise and Smile," not unlike the classic "SNL" sketch, "Wake Up and Smile," with Will Ferrell. Instead of a dealing with teleprompter malfunctions, Kip and Jenny have to get through the morning after the nation discovers that the police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown would not be indicted.
The characteristically chipper talk show becomes unbearably awkward as they rattle off unfortunately named local events and do a cooking segment with "Chef Darrell" (James Franco) that goes predictably off the rails. Just wait until they get to the live music portion of the show.