Saturday night, SNL kept fans entertained with its second "at-home" show amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The comedians have been working together on creating new skits with the help of video conferencing applications, which has led to some concerns about the level of quality. The second episode left no doubts after Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, Paul Rudd and Charles Barkley all made surprise appearances.
The former NBA star in Barkley drew the most attention after he took part in Kenan Thompson's "What Up With That?" skit. Although he didn't technically get to do much more than shake his head and look irritated. Every time that Barkley tried to speak, he would be interrupted by music and Thompson singing. The screen would split and feature Ego Nwodim and Melissa Villaseñor filling roles as backup singers while Jason Sudeikis danced.
The viewers at home saw Barkley appear in this skit, and they immediately expressed excitement. The former NBA star has been featured throughout SNL's history, but he has played various characters. This time, he was simply trying to tell a story about Michael Jordan.
There was no shortage of comments about Barkley following his appearance, the vast majority of which were positive. SNL fans enjoy his appearances and the expressions on his face. Barkley isn't known as the greatest actor around, but they don't care.
Charles Barkley is hilariously bad on #SNL— InAbsentia (@_YeahNo_) April 26, 2020
who forgot to tell me about the charles barkley cameo on SNL?— Laura Watkins Baker (@snackmantis) April 26, 2020
This episode of @nbcsnl is only 20 minutes in and has already had surprise guest appearances from Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, @djkhaled, Charles Barkley & Pete Davidson's mom.... i am lowkey enjoying it more than the normal studio episodes... #SNLAtHome pic.twitter.com/u9DOjtOUvw— Annie is 6ft away from (w)u (@Annie_Wu_22) April 26, 2020
@nbcsnl Home version tonight...Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, Charles Barkley, etc...just great!!!!!!!😍😍😍😍👏👏👏👏👏👏👏— BillionsHateTrump (@NancyTexass) April 26, 2020
Tonight's SNL is off to a good start. Brad Pitt as Fauci and What's Up with That with Charles Barkley.— Elena Cruz (@Elenacruz) April 26, 2020
I appreciate Charles Barkley on SNL At Home so much— Samantha Sobolewski (@SamSobolewski) April 26, 2020
What's Up With That?: 9/10
Yes! Charles Barkley's face... "Incredible stories, and you might hear them if you actually let me talk." And those animal graphics... Lindsey Buckingham must have the same ISP as CNN's guests.#SNL #SNLAtHome— Michael Stone (@Michael__Stone) April 26, 2020
Now we get Sudekis dancing in the red tracksuit plus a Charles Barkley cameo in "What's up with that." This is the Chase Young of openings for SNL.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) April 26, 2020
Charles Barkley speaks for all of us, on #SNL or otherwise: "Well, that was weird."— Linda McMullen (@LindaCMcMullen) April 26, 2020
I always love it when Charles Barkley is in SNL! #SNLAtHome— Ryan Bartholomee (@RyanBartholomee) April 26, 2020