John Krasinski shared a kiss with Saturday Night Live (SNL) cast member Pete Davidson as the actor said he was haunted by his role as Jim from The Office.
Krasinski hosted the first episode of SNL in 2021 on 30 January. During his opening monologue, “audience members”, who were SNL cast members, interrupted his speeches to ask questions related to Krasinski’s role in the US version of The Office.
SNL cast member Alex Moffat asked Krasinski if he is “Jim from The Office“. Krasinski replied with “actually, I’m John”. But Moffat asked him to “do The Office“.
John takes questions from the audience about The Office and…actually just The Office. pic.twitter.com/hhUs0Mcrqz
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) January 31, 2021
The heckling continued until finally, one cast member said they needed to see Krasinski “kiss Pam”, referring to Jim’s love interest in the TV series played by Jenna Fischer. Pete Davidson then joined Krasinski on the stage. He said that everyone’s “been stuck inside for the last year, watching The Office nonstop” so they can’t help but see Krasinski as his character from the show.
Davidson is then confused for Pam by the “audience members”. He said: “I think they really need someone to be Pam. I think we’ve got to give them what they want, Jim. You have to kiss Pam.”
So Krasinski obliged and kissed Pete/”Pam”, and the internet went wild.
Many people were into it, hoping that this was the energy they could carry throughout 2021
— Carly Dossick (@DossickCarly) January 31, 2021
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However, others pointed out that using straight men to kiss for comedy wasn’t actually funny. Kevin Fallon, senior entertainment reporter for The Daily Beast, called out the kiss’s alleged hilarity on Twitter. He even said a later sketch was “one of the best queer-love sketches they’ve ever done”.
SNL this week, last week, every week, always and forever: “The joke is it’s two guys! They kissed! Get it?!?! It’s hilarious! THEY’RE GUYS! Hahahahahaha” pic.twitter.com/XOYOmmOq5E
— Kevin Fallon (@kpfallon) January 31, 2021
Others on the internet agreed with Kevin Fallon’s take that seeing two straight men share a kiss simply isn’t funny.
If your TV show thinks a same-sex kiss is edgy, it might need to A) climb out of 2003; B) get new writers; or C) both. #SNL
— Mark Jacob (@MarkJacob16) January 31, 2021
Am I the only one who feels like one of the lowest hanging fruits of comedy is guy x guy kissing? And maybe we should move past it?
— Krishnanand Kelkar (@KrisKelkar) January 31, 2021