Saturday Night Live

Rami Malek Makes ‘SNL' Hosting Debut

The Oscar winner hosted the late night comedy show, joined by musical guest Young Thug

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Rami Malek hosted "Saturday Night Live" to promote the latest James Bond movie, "No Time to Die," in which he plays the movie's villain.

Rami Malek started out his monologue by mentioning how he never does comedy, as his roles are usually serious, and as a result, people tell him he has a "resting villain face."

He further explains how movie villains are "misunderstood," providing examples of how the shark in "Jaws," "was just hungry," and the character Freddy Krueger from "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "was just encouraging kids to dream."

The cold open started with Cecily Strong as the head of PR for the National Football League. Roger Goodell steps in (played by Colin Jost) opening with a NFL media briefing to discuss the recent Jon Gruden email scandal.

Goodell allowed the former coach, Jon Gruden, to address the situation because he begged, he said. "And you know how much I hate seeing someone kneel," Goodell (Jost) said.

Gruden (played by new cast member James Austin Johnson), said he didn't mean to use hateful, misogynistic language in the emails. "This sounds like a stretch, but have you ever gotten burned by autocorrect?" he said.

Former player Colin Kaepernick (played by Chris Redd), who is known for taking a knee on the football field during the national anthem, to protest police killings of Black Americans, walked into the media briefing stating, "Huh, I wonder if anyone tried to warn people about this before. "It’s almost like that’s the reason they banned me from the league."

Bert Simpson (Kenan Thompson) hosts a new game show called "Celeb School," featuring John Oliver (Mikey Day), Jennifer Coolidge (Chloe Fineman), Adam Driver (James Austin Johnson), Kristen Wiig (Melissa Villasenor), George Takei (Bowen Yang), Lil Wayne (Chris Redd), Rami Malek (played by Pete Davidson), and Pete Davidson (played by Malek).

It’s a longstanding tradition for celebrity guests to appear alongside the cast member that impersonates them on the show.

Contestants are given a subject to call on a celebrity to help answer a question.

Day's John Oliver is called on to help answer a question about Sweden, and he proclaims Ikea has "sketchy furniture and even sketchier meatballs." Bert Simpson (Thompson) responds with "John, your rant though amusing, contains no answer, and please, no more over-the-shoulder graphics."

Next week, recent Emmy award winner Jason Sudeikis hosts with musical guest Brandi Carlile.

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