Chris Redd’s ‘SNL’ bop about late night wake-ups is too real

Anyone with an overactive brain can tell you that the nighttime hours are the best time to spiral.

That’s the premise of a new Saturday Night Live musical number from Chris Redd. In “Now I’m Up,” Redd, along with fellow cast member Kenan Thompson, sings about life’s little annoyances and worries that loom too large in the quiet moments before we fall asleep. Existential dread, too-loud ads from free streaming services, mysterious lumps, even a partner’s overly long toenails — all of those things and more can pop up out of nowhere and turn a sleepy brain into a suddenly active one.

It’s a catchy tune, as most SNL musical numbers tend to be, but it’s also painfully relatable.

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