Jason Sudeikis Finds New Role in SNL Sketch 'Mellen,' Parodying Ellen DeGeneres

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Monday October 25, 2021

Jason Sudeikis as 'Mellen'
Jason Sudeikis as 'Mellen'  (Source:Screencap/'Saturday Night Live'/YouTube)

Ever wondered what "Ellen" would be like with a dose of testosterone? Jason Sudeikis offered a glimpse with his "Saturday Night Live" sketch in which he starred as "Mellen - the Male Ellen!"

The sketch's voiceover explains that men in the time of COVID are watching daytime TV in greater numbers than ever before, but unlike male-dominated late night fare like "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" or "The Tonight Show," starring Jimmy Fallon, they are confronted with talk shows like "The View," "The Drew Barrymore Show," "The Kelly Clarkson Show," and so on.

To remedy that, the sketch envisions "'Mellen' — the Male Ellen!," promising "All the daytime fun energy of 'Ellen,' with a hard masculine edge."

Sudeikis, wearing a blonde wig, jumps into the role of "Mellen," chest-bumping and punching audience members. The narration notes that Mellen is not one to simply "high-five the audience, he'll nut-tap them, too."

Other highlights include "awkward male dancing," "kids that slap their teachers to get famous on Tik Tok" (rather than Ellen's guests who are "cute inspiring kids"), and promises that, "just like Ellen, Mellen has sneak-up surprises," such as stealthily injecting NBA player Kyrie Irving (Chris Redd), who refused to be vaccinated against COVID, with the vaccine.

"Put some protein in your daytime TV with the show critics are calling "Is this real?" and Ellen's lawyers are calling, "Cease and desist," the voiceover says.

Audience members looking under their seats find "a wet bath towel to whip each other with," spurring a frenzy of towel snapping, while Mellen brags of sending "Flyers mascot Gritty to bust into random women's bathrooms!" Maxing out the masculinity quotient, the fake ad for the show was purportedly sponsored by Peyronie's disease, a painful affliction in which a buildup of scar tissue causes the erect penis to curve.

Watch the sketch below.


Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.