May 18, 2024
Kate McKinnon

Kate McKinnon

Kate McKinnon Joined by Comedy Queens Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph in Show-Stopping Monologue

Kate McKinnon stole the spotlight in her victorious return to Saturday Night Live, shining the audience with her opening monologue in her hosting debut. The comedic genius, who left the iconic show last year, took the stage with a mix of nervous energy and infectious humor, confessing, ‘My name’s Kate, hi. I used to work here’. Sporting a chic blonde bob and sleek black tuxedo suit, McKinnon guided the unfamiliar territory of speaking in her own voice, a departure from her usual character-driven performances.

In a heartwarming surprise, McKinnon brought out two legendary SNL alums, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, adding an extra layer of hilarity and nostalgia to the monologue. The three had a cheerful conversation, reminiscing about their time on the show and sharing inside jokes. McKinnon, Wiig, and Rudolph, each with their unique comedic styles, created an unforgettable moment, celebrating their shared history on the SNL stage.

Admitting that it’s uncomfortable returning to her ‘old job’ in a new role, McKinnon humorously reflected on her ‘big year,’. As herself, McKinnon spoke. “I don’t really like to talk in my own voice. That’s kind of why I got into this racket in the first place. I’ve been trying to assemble a human personality. So far, I have a hat.” Including her role as the peculiar “weird Barbie” in the summer blockbuster “Barbie.”

The opening monologue set the tone for a lighthearted and entertaining episode, culminating in an emotionally charged surprise musical performance. Wiig and Rudolph joined McKinnon on stage, giving a moving performance of “We came home for Christmas & It’s time to start the show,” marking a perfect close to the monologue segment. The chemistry among three continued to shine as they appeared in a hilarious sketch spoofing TV pitches for Christmas albums.

In a nod to their versatility, McKinnon, Wiig, and Rudolph transformed into the Swedish pop group Abba, featuring in a commercial for a holiday collection that promised “85 holiday remakes of their existing songs.” The sketch showcased their comedic prowess and the seamless camaraderie that defines SNL’s enduring tradition.

As the final episode of 2023 unfolded, musical guest Billie Eilish graced the stage for her third appearance on SNL, adding another layer of star power to an already stellar lineup. When Woody Harrelson was hosting Season 45, she made her stage debut as a musical guest. In Season 47 in December 2021, Eilish served as both a host and a musical guest.

Kate McKinnon’s return to Studio 8H was not just a comedic triumph but a heartwarming reunion that left fans eagerly anticipating what the new year might bring for this talented trio of SNL icons.

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