Leslie Jones[Starts with SNL monologue intro] [Cut to SNL stage] [Band is playing music]
Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, Natalie Portman.[Natalie Portman walks in and to the stage] [cheers and applause]
Natalie Portman: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. It’s so crazy to be back. The last time I hosted, it was in 2006. Back then, I was promoting “V for Vendetta.” And now, the whole country is promoting “V for Vendetta.” And this is the last SNL before the Winter Olympic starts next week. Isn’t that exciting? [cheers and applause] Because NBC sure keeps telling me that it’s exciting.[Winter Olympics jingle plays. There’s a small commercial ad at left bottom corner of the screen.]
Alright. Very shuttle, guys.[Cut to Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon in their Winter Olympics reporter’s set. They’re talking about Natalie Portman’s monologue like it’s a sport.]
Kenan Thompson: Okay. And Natalie has just completed the short program of her monologue.
Kate McKinnon: That’s right, Kenan. She started off with a charming intro and then transitioned into a light political joke.
Kenan Thompson: That’s a tough combination to pull off, but she had done it marvelously.
Kate McKinnon: She sure has. And I- I’ve seen a lot of hosts who could not.
Kenan Thompson: Oh, yeah? Like, who?
Kate McKinnon: I’d rather not say. Let’s see what Natalie has in store next.[Cut to Natalie Portman in SNL stage]
Natalie Portman: So, I’m a mom now. And my six year old son actually wrote a joke for my monologue. So, okay, here it is. What’s the funniest letter in the alphabet? It’s P. Get it? Pee? You know what? It might be funnier he said it.[Cut to Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon]
Kenan Thompson: Ooh! A little stumble there.
Kate McKinnon: Yeah. That was– that was supposed to be a double joke joke into a triple applause break. I wonder what happened. I’m being told that joke was actually written by a 32 year old writer who went to Yale. Yes. Yes.
Kenan Thompson: Let’s look at that again in slow motion.[Cut to Natalie Portman. She is acting like she’s in a slow motion video.]
Natalie Portman: It’s P. Get it?
Kate McKinnon: Okay, pause it right there.[Natalie Portman stops moving.]
Yeah. You can tell that she’s very nervous about this one, Kenan. Lot of flop sweats here [circling her forehead] and here.[Cut to Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon]
Kenan Thompson: Yeah. And let’s go ahead and check out band leader Lenny Pickett reacting to that joke.
Kate McKinnon: Yeah.[Cut to Lenny Pickett in the band]
Lenny: Ha-ha.[Cut to Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon]
Kenan Thompson: Yeah. He is not into it at all.
Kate McKinnon: No, he is not. And Lenny’s usually a big laugher.
Kenan Thompson: And now, he’s just visibly swiping through Tinder.
Kate McKinnon: Ooh. Yeah. Completely checked out, Kenan. Well, we go now to our field correspondent, Leslie Jones, who is heading to the Olympics next week and she is standing by the stage right now.[Cut to Leslie Jones standing by the stage, reporting to them]
Leslie Jones: Thank you. I’m down here at the monologue stage, and well, it’s not good. [Natalie Portman is peeking at the camera from behind] I don’t know why they make these tiny white actresses do standup comedy?
Natalie Portman: Leslie, you’re kind of blocking me.[Leslie Jones looks behind.]
Leslie Jones: Hey, girl. You are killing it right now. [looks back at the camera] She is not killing it. Also, speaking of me going to the Olympics, did you know that North Korea is really close to South Korea? Um, why did no one explain that to me? I do not want to go now.[Cut to Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon]
Kenan Thompson: And thank you, Leslie Jones. [cheers and applause] Okay. We go back live to Natalie Portman who is ready for her big finish.
Natalie Portman: And I have to ask you guys something. Does anyone here like New York city?[cheers and applause] [Cut to Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon]
Kenan Thompson: And she has landed it.
Kate McKinnon: She mentioned New York City and people were like, “Hey, that’s where we are!”
Kenan Thompson: Ha-ha-ha. An incredible comeback for Portman.[Cut to Natalie Portman. Leslie Jones is jumping around her with a rose bouquet in her hands.]
Leslie Jones: Haa-haa! I believed in you, girl. You are the real Tonya Harding, baby! Yes! Whooo!
Natalie Portman: We’ve got a great show. Dua Lipa’s here. So, stick around. We’ll be right back.