Like most of us, Chance the Rapper is baffled by League of Legends in this SNL sketch
Chance the Rapper hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend, which provided him with the opportunity to bring back Lazlo Holmes, the Knicks correspondent who had to cover a hockey game without knowing anything about hockey. “As they say in hockey… let’s do that hockey.”
This time around he’s handling the League of Legends World Championships, and he appears to know even less about what’s going on. For starters, he repeatedly calls it “League of Legos.”
It’s low-hanging fruit for the most part, aimed squarely at people who still watch SNL, but I did get a chuckle out of a few cracks, like saying LoL “looks like how a seizure feels,” or getting the audience pumped up with, “You know how they do in esports: Ready, set, sit down.” The interview segment is more cringe-inducing, and not in a good way—the skit could have easily had fun with some of the inherent alienness of esports without going so all-in on the “look at these weirdos” approach.
Some of my appreciation for the bit may arise from the fact that I can relate to poor Lazlo’s predicament. Pro-level esports can be incredibly complex and covering it in any depth requires specialized knowledge and experience. Honestly, given the choice of having to do emergency color fill-in for the NHL or LCS, I’d take the NHL every time.