Who would have thought that a lobster-themed send up of Les Misérables would strike such a chord with viewers?
Nevertheless, Twitter is gushing over the bizarre juxtaposition of pricey crustaceans and musical tales of the downtrodden from early 19th-century France that was this weekend’s expectation-defying skit on Saturday Night Live.
Perhaps the mastermind behind the outlandishly lovely parody was stand-up comedian, actor, and former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney. Returning to host the show this Saturday, Mulaney joined a short list of writers—Conan O’Brien and Larry David—who have hosted SNL but were never promoted to cast member status.
Whoever wrote it, it’s a must see for the uninitiated.
Brace yourself. Here’s it is:
Commenters didn’t hesitate to express their love for the preposterous spoof:
— Addie Matteson (@queenaddie) April 15, 2018
— Jillian Sederholm (@JillianSed) April 15, 2018
The Lobster / Les Mis skit on #SNL is the best in years
— Brenf (@Brenfdan) April 15, 2018
— Leslie Handford M (@LeslieHandfordM) April 15, 2018
Some Twitter users shared nearly identical sentiments:
This Les Mis Lobster rendition on #SNL is everything I didn’t know I needed.
— Chris Brennan (@CBrennanSaidIt) April 15, 2018
Didn’t know I needed a diner lobster/Les Mis crossover, but I guess I did! #SNL
— T’Challa K. Black II (@BKBlack28) April 15, 2018
That lobster les mis skit is everything lol #snl
— Sloan (@sloanhelms) April 15, 2018
OMG this Les Mis Lobster sketch is everything. He just called her “Clawsette” … dying. #SNL
— kendall (@HurricaneLola) April 15, 2018
Viewers wanted to know who was behind it:
I'd like to know who pitched the idea for the Les Mis lobster sketch. I'm not sure if I'd like to shake their hand or call for help. There was no reason that should have worked, but it did. #SNL
— Katie (@kgoodspeed123) April 15, 2018
Did @mulaney write all these sketches because they’re the best written sketches on SNL in a while. Drag Brunch! Lobster Diner Les Mis! Boner Walkout! And I’m only halfway through the episode.
— Paul Decker (@PWDecker) April 15, 2018
You just KNOW John Mulaney pitched this Les Mis/lobster sketch every week he worked at SNL, and tonight they were finally like “fine you can do it” pic.twitter.com/Eum4hsGysO
— Rachel Paige (@rachmeetsworld) April 15, 2018
Next stop: Broadway?
100% I would buy a ticket to see Lobster Les Mis on Broadway. #snl
— jen (@jen_jen) April 15, 2018
It really screwed with some people’s minds, but they still loved it:
There was a Les Mis Lobster skit on #SNL tonight. I have never been so happy yet so confused at the same time.
— Rachel W (@yoitsrach00) April 15, 2018
SMALL BRAIN: the les mis lobster diner skit on SNL was stupid
GALAXY BRAIN: inspired casting of john mulaney as combeferre
— ASYA (@communistbabe) April 15, 2018
That Les Mis lobster sketch on SNL was an out of body experience
— Joana Meurkens (@joana_meurkens) April 15, 2018
Overstatement or just the TRUTH?
#SNL Lobster Les Mis gives me life
— Maureen Murphy (@_MaureenMurphy) April 15, 2018