“Hi, I’m Kerry Washington and I’m hosting ’Saturday Night Live’ this weekend with musical guest Eminem,” says a clearly excited Washington in the first bit. All the while, Em, wearing a military-style jacket, grey sweatshirt, dog tags and a blank expression, stares into the camera unblinkingly.
“This is fun, are you having fun?” Pedrad asks Washington. “Of course!” Washington answers. “And Eminem, are you having fun?” Pedrad (aka “’Lil Blaster”) asks Eminem. Nothing. Not a smile, not a blink, not a nod. Pedrad awkwardly adds, “Two of us are having fun!”
Hell, even Kanye West got in on the action earlier this year when he did a beatbox bit in a teaser for his appearance alongside Ben Affleck.
In the other Eminem commercial, Marshall finally lets go a bit after Washington enthuses about sharing the stage with the rapper (still staring out with no expression) and reveals that when they wrap, they’re going out for a special treat. “Afterwards, we’re going out for cupcakes,” she says. “His idea!”
His comic timing perfect, Shady waits a beat, turns to Washington and deadpans, “I love cupcakes.” See? Em does do funny, just in his own way.