Tom Hanks’ Monologue


Tom Hanks’ Monologue

…..Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks: Thank you. Now, isn’t this something? 15 years of “Saturday Night Live”. Wow. I’m a fan. The Coneheads.. the Czech Brothers.. “You look mahvelous”.. the Church Lady.. So many others, and they’re all right here.

What a night, it’s a very, very special night. And out of all the stars that are here tonight, I have been given the honor of handling what has traditionally been the weakest part of the shoew – the opening monologue. That’s the part of the show where they take a very talented person, someone who is successful in some walk of life, someone who has never actually performed a monologue before – your Fran Tarkenton, your Ralph Nader, your Cicely Tyson – and they tell them to go out there. They say just be yourself, and, of course, be funny, and convey the following information – how great it is to be here, how great it is to be in New York, what a week it’s been, how the people around here are all “a little crazy”, and what a great show it is because we’ve got a great musical guest with us, and so on..

So.. anyway.. [ excited ] It is great to be here! New York City! Oh, the cast, the crew, what a week it’s been! Prince is with us! Paul Simon! It’s gonna be a great show! A great show! Just like it’s been since October 11th, 1975, when the Not Ready For Prime Time Players gave us all a reason to stay home on Saturday nights.

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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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