Perhaps it was just too awkward for broadcast. A pre-taped skit from the Kevin Hart hosted “Saturday Night Live” episode has surfaced online, featuring Kyle Mooney as a terrible comedian desperately trying to make a connection with someone in the industry.
Not only is Mooney’s character awful at stand-up, but he’s also an over-sharer and a bit of a sad sack. And after he makes a few racially clueless comments to Hart, Jay Pharoah and Michael Che, they really don’t want anything to do with him.
When Hart rejects him, Mooney breaks into a tearful monologue about how no one will ever love him and he’ll never have children. It’s only out of pity that Hart gives him a moment of his time.
The sketch skirts the border between just plain strange and actually funny, with an ending that launches it straight into the absurd. But Hart and Mooney are so earnest and sincere in their performances, it’s easy to believe that this is an encounter that really happened to one or the other of them in a comedy club.
Comedians Dave Atell and Artie Lange make quick cameos in the video as fellow comedians in the club who have absolutely no interest in talking to Mooney, either.
“Saturday Night Live” airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.