Here’s the Saturday Night Live country song and dystopian Korean drama mashup you didn’t know you needed. Rami Malek, Pete Davidson, and country rapper Big Wet sing about hard times pushing desperate people into playing the bizarre and deadly game at the center of Netflix’s Korean mega-hit series. Watch above.
For anyone who watches Squid Game the idea of finding comedy that isn’t pitch-black in the whole thing might seem weird, but SNL succeeded here in a huge way, because the song goes from straightforward bro-country sad ballad parody to demented Squid riff in nothing flat.
Davidson and Malek—who hosted this season’s second episode—are singing about typically sorrowful country subjects like debt and loss and using the melody from the 2017 hit Big Wet had with Branchez, “Turn Up On the Weekend.”
Then Davidson sings, “Yes I’m broke and it’s a damn shame / Guess I gotta play the Squid Game.” Blam, like that, they’re in the game and playing the infamous “Red Light/Green Light” that ends the first episode of the series.
The parody song and video managed to touch on some of Squid Game‘s more confusing elements with lyrics like, “Weird cards, pink guards, locked us in a big room,” and “45 billion won, that’s a whole lot of money. At least I think it is… I’m confused by the currency.”
We’re not going to say the end of the video is something of a spoiler for the end of the first season of the show, with Davidson’s flaming hair and him ending up back in the game after appearing to win, but he does sing, “Going back to the Squid Game, I’m terrible with money.”
Next up: Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis hosts the October 23, 2021 SNL with musical guest Brandi Carlile.