Stand-up comedian John Mulaney returned home to host Saturday Night Live for the first time – and announcer Darrell Hammond still got his name wrong.
Mulaney, whose five-year run as an SNL writer ended in 2012, was introduced as ‘John Mulvaney’ as he took to the stage and recognized his history with the
‘It is great to be here hosting Saturday Night Live, that is a very weird thing to say,’ admitted Mulaney.
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Home again: Stand-up comedian John Mulaney, 35, returned home to host Saturday Night Live for the first time Saturday
‘I was a writer here for five years some of the best years of my life and to be hosting here is just surreal,’ he said. ‘I used to write monologues for the host and now I am up here and i get to give the monologue and to introduce the musical guest, that is incredible.’
The former SNL writer joked about how much life changed in your 30s and how he needed everyone he met to like him.
‘People ask my wife and I if we are going to have children, we don’t have any, so we say no and they say “never?” and I say ‘I don’t know never.”‘
‘Look, 14 years ago I smoked cocaine the night before my college graduation and now I am afraid to get a flu shot – people change.’
In Mulaney’s first sketch, he played a drag queen waitress who was sassy to some diners but coldly picked on one customer.
Servin’ up laughs: The SNL alum writer played a waitress in his first skit of the night
Good time: He pulled off a red curly wig as the sketch progressed
Dreams do come true: The comedian admitted that his hosting gig was ‘just surreal’
After hitting three of the cast with punchy one-liners Mulaney cruelly asked Beck Bennett when was the last time someone smiled when he walked into a room and branded him ‘an overprivileged husk of a human being.’
‘I don’t get it, I’m a nice guy, people like me and it has nothing to do with my godfather being the Dyson vacuum guy. She hates me,’ Bennett complained to his friends.
They urged him to not be sensitive and to ‘enjoy her sass’
Mulaney then pulled off his wig and took out his fake boobs and asked Bennett if he recognized him.
Finally Bennett realized that it was a former Intern he had berated at Goldman Sachs who had gotten into full drag just to insult him as his friend owned the restaurant.
Class is in session: Another bit on the show dealt with ongoing school walkouts
Oh my: Mulaney’s character had a number of racy punchlines in the bit
Next, Mulaney played a sexually-excited high school student who had helped organize his school’s national walkout day protest.
A turned-on Mulaney struggled to stand up for the protest after being hit on by a girl in the class and urged his classmates to take part in a ‘lie-in.’
Kate McKinnon played the part of a Swedish exchange student who urged the U.S to be more like Sweden where they had ‘no guns, no shootings and no sunlight.’
‘We sit year round in total darkness eating fish that is rotted on purpose,’ she deadpanned.
The cast then spoofed Wild Wild Country, the Netflix documentary about the rise of Rajneeshpuram, a commune led by mystic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh in Oregon in the 1980s.
In it, Kenan Thompson played a man from Compton, California, who did not know who the leader was and had only joined ‘for the a**’ and the ‘10,000 horny white women’ who flocked to Oregon.
Clawing for laughs: Kenan Thompson played a huge lobster in a bit about diners
Party of two: The ongoing joke was that no one orders lobster in a diner
Inspired: The idea eventually manifested into a large song number with shades of Les Miserables
Thompson then joked throughout the sketch that he did not realize he had joined the Bloods street gang.
He was joined by former SNL cast member Nasim Pedrad who made a cameo as Bhagwan’s second-in-command.
Mulaney then played a waiter at a New York diner, who was stunned when Pete Davidson ordered the lobster despite warnings.
A singing Thompson was then wheeled out in a tank dressed as a lobster as the sketch became a lobster Les Miserables musical spoof about never ordering seafood in a diner.
Davidson could not hide his laughing as Chris Redd told him he could not eat a lobster that had sung Les Mis.
Kate McKinnon then turned up as a singing lobster herself before the whole cast performed to convince Davidson to change his order to a tuna melt.
Mulaney then introduced Jack White who rocked out with three microphones to ‘Over and Over and Over.’
In Weekend Update, Michael Che poked fun at Donald Trump and his embattled lawyer Michael Cohen.
‘If being black has taught me anything its that when the Feds come kicking in your door then they have something: FBI raids are like when your girl goes through your phone, she is only doing it to confirm what she already knows,’ joked Che.
They’re back: Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost (L) and Michael Che tackled the big stories of the week
What’s the angle? Kate McKinnon played embattled Fox News host Laura Ingraham, touting her fourth-rate sponsors amid a recent boycott of her brand
Big baller: Thompson added his impression of LaVar Ball, complete with exaggerations aplenty
Che also took on Trump ordering airstrikes on Syria.
‘These Trump stories are so random and insane I feel like I am a contestant on Chopped. What the hell am I supposed to do with all these ingredients?’ said Che.
‘I mean I knew he was going to try and create a distraction but I thought it would be something small like Tweeting the N-word at Tristan Thompson. I didn’t know he was going to put us in a full war.
‘But isn’t he going to jail soon? He shouldn’t be signing us up for stuff he should be kissing us on the forehead and to take care of mommy.’
Che then asked the audience if he was the only one who ‘found the president being into pee-pee charming.’
‘I mean it is humanizing. Remember when we saw that video of Obama playing basketball, this is just the same but times two,’ he laughed.
Kate McKinnon then appeared as Laura Ingraham, who insisted her break from her show had been planned and not forced by the advertiser boycotts.
She then intruded a string of new sponsors such as Lady Bumpstock and Malaysian Airlines.
Kenan Thompson then appeared as NBA star Lonzo Ball’s father LaVar Ball, who plugged his Junior Basketball League and the latest $500 sandal addition to his shoe line.
In Hollywood Update, Mulaney was interviewed as the producer of a 2018 reboot of a 1980s show called ‘Switcheroo’, in which a father and son switched bodies and the son had an inappropriate sexual relationship with his mom.
Cecily Strong played the entertainment show interviewer who became increasingly horrified about the creepy show coming back while Mulaney remained oblivious to how inappropriate it was.
Mulaney then played a plastic surgeon who was asked by a patient to remove his horn implants as he could not find a
‘I have to agree they are terrible,’ Mulaney told the patient’s paint huffing girlfriend, played by Heidi Gardner as she complained that her boyfriend was compromising his edgy style.
The patient comforted his girlfriend by telling her he would keep the open wounds in his calf muscles as Mulaney grew increasingly horrified by the couple.