In a dazzling return to Studio 8H, Emma Stone, the Academy Award-winning actress, charmed the Saturday Night Live (SNL) audience as she hosted the show for the fifth time. This accomplishment places her in the esteemed company of SNL veterans such as Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, John Mulaney, and Scarlett Johansson. Stone, who is gearing up for the release of her upcoming film “Poor Things,” set to hit theaters on December 8, showcased her comedic prowess and undeniable charisma.
The musical spotlight of the night was on Noah Kahan, a Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter hailing from Watertown. Making his SNL musical guest debut, Kahan enchanted the audience with his soulful performance, featuring his breakout hit “Stick Season.” The singer, who will headline two shows at Fenway Park next summer, added a musical flourish to an already star-studded evening.
The SNL cast, known for its biting political satire, delivered a memorable sketch featuring Bowen Yang reprising his character George Santos. In a satirical press conference, Santos addresses his expulsion from the House and reflects on the challenges he faced, attributing them to prejudice against his identity as a proud, gay, thief. The sketch humorously takes a turn as Santos breaks into a rendition of Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind,” modifying the lyrics for comedic effect.
A standout moment occurred when Tina Fey and Candice Bergen joined Emma Stone on stage, welcoming her into the exclusive SNL five-timers club. At just 35, Stone becomes the youngest person ever inducted into this elite group. The trio shared banter about the new women’s section of the club and reminisced about “30 Rock.” Stone was presented with her official five-timer’s club jacket, a moment filled with humor as it may or may not have belonged to Woody Harrelson.
The laughter continued with Stone, Punky Johnson, and Heidi Gardner as contestants on the game show “Question Quest,” hosted by Michael Longfellow. Stone’s character wins “Speedy,” a tortoise with a peculiar backstory, leading to comedic attempts to rid herself of the unexpected prize. The sketch imparted quirky knowledge, revealing that Charles Darwin and Steve Irwin both owned the same tortoise, Harriet, who remarkably lived to the age of 175.
Closing out the night, Noah Kahan returned to the SNL stage for a captivating musical performance. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter, whose breakup song “Stick Season” has garnered widespread acclaim, treated the audience to both “Stick Season” and “Dial Drunk” from the reloaded version of his 2022 album.
Emma Stone’s fifth SNL hosting stint, coupled with the stellar musical performances, ensured a night filled with laughter, entertainment, and a touch of musical magic, making it a memorable episode for SNL enthusiasts and fans alike.
In the latest episode of “Saturday Night Live,” hosted by the talented Emma Stone for the fifth time, the show delivered a mix of humor, music, and star-studded appearances. Stone, who joins the esteemed five-timers club, was welcomed by fellow members Tina Fey and Candice Bergen.
The sketches ranged from political satire with Bowen Yang’s recurring character to a quirky game show featuring Stone, Punky Johnson, and Heidi Gardner. Musical guest Noah Kahan, known for his breakout song “Stick Season,” made his SNL debut, captivating the audience with performances of “Stick Season” and “Dial Drunk.” The show, as always, offered a blend of entertainment and insightful comedy, leaving viewers with memorable moments and a reason to look forward to the next SNL installment.