Former intern Aubrey Plaza hosts SNL for the first time


The ‘White Lotus’ star reunited with his former colleague and ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member Amy Poehler.

Features Aubrey Plaza and Amy Poehler during the Monologue on Saturday, January 21, 2023. Will Heath/NBC

Aubrey Plaza completed her rags-to-riches story on “Saturday Night Live” last night. She worked as a page for NBC during college and interned on SNL in 2004 and 2005, appearing as a extra in season 32 episode 9 during one of Kristen Wiig’s “Target Lady” sketches (this was the episode Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg premiered “Dick-in-a-Box”). She recently told Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” about her failed SNL audition early in his career.

She finally made her SNL hosting debut last night, fueled by the popularity of “White Lotus” Season 2, in which she played one of the leading roles. Plaza also met up with “Parks and Recreation” co-star and SNL veteran Amy Poehler. Sam Smith acted as a musical guest, promoting her forthcoming fourth album, “Gloria”.

cold open

The Fox Sports broadcast team (Keenan Thompson, Molly Kearney, Mikey Day, Devon Walker and James Austin Johnson) break down the night’s Eagles-Giants game. Joining them is newly hired George Santos (Bowen Yang), a new reporter who has won “more championships than Tom Brady.” After making fun of Santos’ recent lying scandalYang appeared on the soccer field as “Kitara Ravache”, Santos’ supposed Brazilian. drag queen character.


Plaza discusses her history with NBC during the monologue, noting that this hosting gig is a “dream come true.” She takes viewers on a short tour of the studio where she used to work as a “bad page.” Amy Poehler and even Joe Biden (virtually) appeared in the monologue, and Plaza reunites with the set design team she used to intern for.

miss Universe

Keenan Thompson hosts the Miss Universe pageant, “one of several shows still on the air where we rank women.” The real Miss Universe happened last week and the American R’Bonney Gabriel won. The sketch is a parody of this. viral video, in which the Miss Universe 2018 contestants scream the name of their country, and the part about Miss France goes wrong. Here the contestants (Chloe Fineman, Aubrey Plaza, Heidi Gardner, Ego Nwodim, Punkie Johnson, Sarah Sherman, and Molly Kearney) call out the name of their countries along with all the other answers. The two Property Brothers plus Tony Hawk make cameo appearances as judges and Miss France wins.

the black lotus

In a parody of the recent second season of “White Lotus,” Keenan Thompson, Ego Nwodim, Devon Walker, Punkie Johnson and Aubrey Plaza star as staffers on “Black Lotus,” which has “all the intrigue, all the decadence. none of the bullshit. Chloe Fineman reprises her Jennifer Coolidge impression, while the hotel staff poke fun at the problems of wealthy white clientele. “White Lotus” fans will appreciate the many references to the film’s plot. series, but the sketch still works for those who have never seen the HBO drama.

morning announcements

Molly Kearney and Aubrey Plaza play sisters Clarence and Cecilia giving the morning announcements at a school. Plaza has a near-death experience over the weekend and questions everything: “I’m going to have sex tonight!” Joining them for morning announcements are students Andrew Dismukes, Marcello Hernandez, and Sarah Sherman.

sam smith

Kim Petras joined Sam Smith onstage to perform “Unholy,” a single from his upcoming album that was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at this year’s Grammy Awards. Smith also performed “Gloria”, backed by a chorus with Sharon Stone.

weekend update

Colin Jost confronts George Santos “lying about almost every aspect of his life” once again, and Yang repeats his Santos impersonation to chat with Jost. Aubrey Plaza and Amy Poehler also made appearances, this time as April Ludgate and Leslie Knope.


In another pop culture reference, Heidi Gardner and Aubrey Plaza play human spies who have infiltrated the Na’vi, “Arizona tomboy women.” Gardner and Plaza say everyone should be on the lookout for some “Grand Canyon guys.”

film noir

Aubrey Plaza and James Austin Johnson played femme fatale and detective characters, respectively, in this fun black-and-white sketch from the 1940s. Plaza shines in this role, and Sharon Stone makes another appearance, playing Plaza’s mother.

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