‘SNL’ last night: Watch Simu Liu, tribute to Peter Aykroyd, more

Marvel star Simu Liu returned to her comedy roots this weekend as the host of “Saturday Night Live.”

The “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” actor and “Kim’s Convenience” alumnus introduced himself to the studio’s animated audience as “the first overtly Chinese superhero” and “the first Chinese animator on” SNL “… to be the fourth Chinese guest on” SNL “.

“A lot of people ask me how I landed a role in a Marvel movie,” the Chinese-Canadian performer said during her opening monologue.

“The truth is, I understood ‘Shang-Chi’ how every Canadian gets his big chance: by asking politely. … I tweeted, “Hey, Marvel,… and an Asian superhero? … And five years later, Marvel made their first Asian superhero movie. And after I got the part, I went online and tweeted, “Thanks for coming back to me. Clearly, I am Canadian.

Liu titled the episode of “SNL” this weekend opposite musical guest Saweetie, who delivered a dynamic performance of his latest single, “Icy Chain”, as well as a pleasant mashup of his successful collaboration Doja Cat “Best Friend” and viral TikTok sensation “Tap In”.

“I really can’t believe my life right now because 10 years ago I actually had a job disguised as Spider-Man for children’s birthdays,” Liu said at the top of the page. ’emission. “I will never forget this birthday boy. His name was Trevor, and … let’s just say he was a real Trevor – kicking me in the shins and screaming, “You’re not Spider-Man!”

“I don’t know if you’ve ever been hit by a 7 year old while wearing a $ 30 Walmart Spider-Man costume, but it will break you. It will break your mind. But it also started a fire under me. And I don’t know where he is now, but Trevor, if you look, I just want to say you were right. I am not Spider-Man. I’m Shang-Chi, bitch.

Here is a sample of other highlights from Saturday’s episode.

Cold open tackles Kyle Rittenhouse verdict

After Kyle Rittenhouse – who shot and killed two people amid the Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin – was acquitted of all charges on Friday, “SNL” cast member Jeanine Pirro of Cecily Strong said praised Rittenhouse on the show’s cold opening for “doing the bravest thing.” any American can do it: protect an empty used car lot in someone else’s town. “

The Tory TV host then welcomed her first guest, Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder (Mikey Day), who was widely criticized during Rittenhouse’s trial for appearing to sympathize with the defendant.

“He’s as impartial as a dance mom who claps louder than anyone,” Strong’s Pirro said when introducing Day’s Schroeder. “You have run this courtroom with an iron fist. Tell us how you did it.

“I ordered the prosecution not to use the word ‘victims’,” said the judge. “They were rioters. And they were not “shot”. They were ‘ga-doinked’. But that in no way gave my client an unfair advantage. “

When asked if he meant “the accused” instead of “my client,” Day’s Schroeder laughed and replied, “Oh, yeah. Sure.”

Liu and Bowen Yang trade their “first Asian prizes”

One of the most popular skits of the night saw Marvel’s first Asian superhero square against the “first all-Asian actor on ‘SNL’” for a sort of “first Asian Olympics”.

Liu and Bowen Yang became increasingly competitive with each other as they traded niche prizes such as “the first gay Asian actor to mispronounce” boutique, “” the first Asian man to pinch the Splash Mountain, “” the first Asian man to beat ‘StarCraft 2’, “and” the first Asian to ‘You Pick Two’ at Panera. “

“Just remember, Simu,” Yang said threateningly. “Whatever the first thing you do, I always be gay.

Liu and Ego Nwodim play a tricky game of “Republican or not”

“Republican or Not”, hosted by Kenan Thompson, host of the “SNL” game show, challenged Liu and actor Ego Nwodim to correctly guess the political leanings of various people based on a number of false statements. simple ones that prompted more questions than answers.

“I think Facebook is evil,” said a man named Brady (Kyle Mooney).

“Because they spread disinformation or because they banned Donald Trump?” Liu asked.

After Brady declared his respect for “professional athletes who stand up for their convictions,” Liu and Nwodim asked in exasperation, “Which athletes? “And” What beliefs? “

Laughing softly to himself, Thompson laughed at him, “It’s not that easy, is it?”

Target Thanksgiving ad becomes painfully relatable

A digital short parody a holiday Target Advertising has expertly identified just about every personality type at the Thanksgiving dinner table, from “your niece’s annoying new boyfriend” to “the uncle taking the lead. [backyard football] game too seriously.

‘SNL’ honors late actor Peter Aykroyd

At one point on the show, “SNL” released a title card honoring the late Peter Aykroyd, former cast member of “SNL” and brother of comedian Dan Aykroyd.

The performer, who also wrote for “SNL”, recently passed away at the age of 66. After this week’s episode, “SNL” tweeted Tom Schiller’s short, “Java Junkie,” starring Peter Aykroyd and Teri Garr, in honor of the first.

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