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Emma Stone's Work in SNL's "Make Your Own Kind of Music" Sketch Deserves All the Awards

Stone, a four-time Academy Award nominee and SNL Five Timer, crushed the physical comedy in this underrated 2023 sketch. 

By Samantha Vincenty

Emma Stone has the range. The four-time Academy Award nominee is the youngest member of the Saturday Night Live Five Timers Club for a reason: Like fellow Oscar current and former nominees Adam DriverRyan Gosling, and March 9 Host Josh Brolin, Stone throws the full weight of her acclaimed acting talents behind every SNL sketch she appears in. In Stone's case, those talents include a nimble gift for physical comedy and a commitment to morphing into a total weirdo before your very eyes. 

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"Make Your Own Kind of Music," a sketch from the Poor Things actress's December 2, 2023 episode of Saturday Night Live, is a prime example of both. In it, Stone plays Mitch Lester, a twitchy, mustached producer for singer Mama Cass (played by the golden-voiced Chloe Troast, Season 49's sole new cast member). The year is 1969, and The Mamas and the Papas member Mama Cass is recording what would be her biggest solo hit, "Make Your Own Kind of Music." 

While Stone's starred in so many great SNL sketches across her five episodes, from digital short "The Actress" to "I Broke My Arm" to the Chrissy Knox "Posters" sketches, "Make Your Own Kind of Music" is the perfect sketch for Stone's elastic abilities. Watch it below.

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Emma Stone during a sketch on Saturday Night Live Episode 1850

"Make Your Own Kind of Music" showcases Emma Stone's physical comedy

The concept behind "Make Your Own Kind of Music" is a funny one, in which Stone's character Mitch presciently knows the song will be a haunting edition to many movies and TV shows in the future, such as LOST. 

"Everybody's going to forget about it for a long, long time," Stone's Mitch Lester says of the song. "But, in about 40-50 years, I think it's going to start showing up in a bunch of movies, Baby."

"Wow, movies?!" Troast's Mama Cass oohs. 

"Yeah," Stone says. "Because it's a perfect song to go under a slow-mo montage where the main character snaps and goes on a rampage. Let me show you."

What follows is a master class in using motion to full comic effect, as Stone's character contorts to reenact the scenes "Make Your Own Kind of Music" will inevitably soundtrack, as other cast members including Mikey Day and Andrew Dismukes join in to act them out.

Stone is transformed. Can we nominate this for the first-ever Academy Award for TV sketch comedy?

Make Your Own Kind of Music

Watch some of Emma Stone's best SNL Sketches

Watch just a few of Stone's standout Saturday Night Live moments below. 

Digital Short: I Broke My Arm

SNL Digital Short: I Broke My Arm

The Actress

The Actress



Question Quest

Question Quest

Ladies Room

Ladies Room