‘SNL’ Sends Up Fox’s ‘The Floor’ With Shane Gillis Not Recognizing Any Famous Black People

Saturday Night Live set its sights on The Floor, Fox’s new game show hosted by Rob Lowe that has contestants facing off in a series of quiz duels.

On SNL’s version, tonight’s host Shane Gillis played the defending champion David, who triumphed in the first round by correctly identifying a glass of orange juice.

More from Deadline


But when it came time to identify famous faces, Gillis was continually stumped by a series of pictures featuring Black politicians and personalities. As pictures of Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou, Colin Powell and Aretha Franklin flashed on the screen, a panicked Gillis said things like “I know him, but I’m nervous” or “I’m a huge fan of hers” without saying their actual names.

Fear even had him miss the names of Stephen Curry and Oprah Winfrey.

But when an image of Cleveland from Family Guy appears, Gillis’ David gets it right.

“Wait, Cleveland is a historical figure?” asks Heidi Gardner’s Susan.

“Yes,” replies Michael Longfellow’s version of Lowe. “He was the first African-American cast member of Family Guy.”

Next up is Lydia, played by Ego Nwodim. For the category of famous artists, Lydia has trouble identifying paintings like the Mona Lisa, the Sistine Chapel ceiling and American Gothic, which she describes as “J.K. Simmons and Cynthia Nixon.”

Watch in video above.

Best of Deadline

Sign up for Deadline's Newsletter. For the latest news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.