SNL is considering a real nightmare colleague: Chucky

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This is a time when many people with established jobs try to renegotiate relationships with an established physical office, the time they have to show up at a particular location each week. In many cases, the answer was, “For God’s sake, no.” Over the past couple of years, many Americans have enjoyed avoiding a time-wasting commute, the workplace drama, and interpersonal conflict that comes from being forcibly chained to a desk with a group of people defined every day, and the reluctance to join this system is high. .

This week, Saturday Night Live addressed this trend by taking the premise of a nightmare office to its ultimate extension. Ego Nwodim, Chloe Fineman, and Melissa Villaseñor are company co-workers seen in the restroom, chatting about a nightmarish colleague: Janet. The worst thing about her? She is so calm. While carpooling, she’ll disappear, then pop out of the back seat like Chucky, the killer doll from the horror series Child’s play.

Guess who’s in the cabin behind them? A eavesdropping Chucky (Sarah Sherman) who happens to be another of their co-workers and takes offense at being likened to the office pariah. He terrorizes and threatens to kill the women right there, but their ultimate fate is worse: they must all attend a corporate HR session to file his complaint.

“Chucky as a co-worker” is a solid premise on its own, but this skit takes it to the next level: Sherman is an outstanding Chucky, Fineman Character Credits Chucky Eavesdropping to the company’s gender-neutral bathroom policy, and Jake Gyllenhaal (particularly good as the company’s HR minion) tells Chucky that the women were wrong to equate him with Janet’s sucker, and that he belongs to the company because “each of us has a different story”, even though the doll stabs her leg repeatedly. Meanwhile, Janet is around taking notes (and eating overly flavorful food).

real life ccorporate nightmares aren’t too far off. Who among us hasn’t felt like we’ve been repeatedly kicked in the leg in a meeting (or prayed for strength when transaction with the scent of a cubemate choice of food)?

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