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Saturday Night Live brought back their somewhat-recurring NBA on TNT sketch last night. Featuring Kenan Thompson as Charles Barkley, Alex Moffat as Ernie Johnson, and Chris Redd as Kenny Smith, the studio parody also found room (albeit barely, given the size jokes at play) for Bowen Yang as Yao Ming, filling in for Shaq.
The premise focused on the recent rash of disruptions to the NBA, which has forced what are essentially replacement players into action around the league. It was a fairly funny sketch (confession: I’m personally not the world’s biggest SNL fan, but this particular bit is as close to my wheelhouse as it gets, and Thompson and Redd are especially fun in their roles and Moffat got EJ’s cadence right, at least), recapping an imagined Nets-Kings first half that saw the Nets beating up on a roster filled with “fans and arena support staff.”
It was a night of close calls and producer adjudication Sunday on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune. Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross, Minnesota Timberwolves player Karl-Anthony Towns and Black-ish star Anthony Anderson all competed to raise money for their respective charities. During one particular three-word “Before and After” puzzle, Towns accidentally repeated a word while attempting to solve, saying, “Martin Short, Short Circuit.” The technically incorrect answer received a buzzer, and Anderson was quick to demand a turn at the now-obvious puzzle. Anderson correctly answered, “Martin Short Circuit.”