Saturday Night Live kicked off its Mother’s Day episode with the support of musical guest Miley Cyrus, which included the entire cast and their adorable mothers.
One by one, the Not Ready for Primetime players entered the stage together with their mothers, which they could not see due to the lockdown on last Mother’s Day. Meanwhile, Cyrus played a soulful rendition of “Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” a song originally recorded in 1992 by her own godmother, Dolly Parton.
Kate McKinnon and her mother started off with their best impression of Molly Shannon’s Mary Katherine Gallagher. Then came Aidy Bryant’s mother, who used her limited screen time to promote the third and final season of her daughter’s Hulu comedy Shrill.
Kyle Mooney’s mom asked for two Mother’s Day gifts to make amends for the past year, while Mikey Day’s mom just wanted a hug … from Beck Bennett. Bowen Yang’s mother kissed her son and immediately washed his face with Purell. And Colin Jost’s mother almost canceled her and her son on live television.
Everyone eventually gathered around Cyrus, who was also joined by their own mother, Tish.
The Mother’s Day cold preceded the arrival of this weekend’s host, Tesla CEO Elon Musk. SNL’s controversial decision to win Musk as one of the final hosts of the 46th season sparked internal turmoil on the late-night sketch series following the April 24 announcement. The backlash on social media was quick – and Musk appeared to be indulging in the Hullabaloo, cryptically tweeting, “Let’s find out how live Saturday Night Live really is.” The tweet sparked a reprimand from actor Bowen Yang, who commented on Instastory, “What the hell does that even mean?”
Yang’s SNL co-star Andrew Dismukes, who went on to become a standout player this season after writing on the show since 2017, also cast shadows on the Musk train, saying, “The only CEO I’ve been with would like to sketch is Cher-E Oteri. ”- a reference to the former SNL MVP.
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