Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, Will Forte.[Will Forte walks in and to the stage] [cheers and applause]
Will Forte: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. Oh, man. I am so excited to be here tonight. This is my first time hosting SNL. I was in a cast 12 years ago with
Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen. So, it was really fun to see Kristen host. Then Bill. Then, Andy. Then Fred. Then Kristen again. Then Bill again. Then Jason. Seth Meyers. I mean, he’s one of my best buds, but you know, come on. He wasn’t really a sketch guy. He was just on Weekend Update. It doesn’t even count as being on the show? But he hosted, right? John Mulaney was a writer when I was in the cast, and then he hosted… four times! Four times. But hey, that’s okay. You know. I’m not bitter about it. Ha-ha-ha. I’m not. Save the best for last, right? Save the best for way last.
But look after 12 long years, tonight it’s finally my turn. My time to shine. Tonight is all about me.[Kristen Wiig walks in]
Are you serious? Kristen. Hey! Yeah!
Kristen Wiig: Hey, Will. I am so excited you’re hosting?
Will Forte: Not a good time.
Kristen Wiig: Okay, yeah.
Will Forte: Yeah. Well, good to see you. Bye-bye.
Kristen Wiig: Okay, so I should go?
Will Forte: Yeah, I think so.
Kristen Wiig: You know, I flew in for this.
Will Forte: Oh, great. So, you know where the airport is?
Kristen Wiig: Alright, well, back to North Korea. It was really hard to get out.[Kristen Wiig walks out]
Will Forte: Alright. I don’t love that she got more applause than when I came out. You know, I came out once when she was hosting, and I did something in her monologue. But I was polite enough to get less applause than her. Yeah. But look, my point is maybe the universe had a reason for making me wait to host. Maybe it wanted me to wait until MacGruber The series was streaming on Peacock. And speaking of MacGruber, I would like to officially announce the MacGruber has been picked up for season two. [cheers and applause] I would like to announce that. But it hasn’t been picked up yet, so I can’t. We’re waiting to hear. But I can announce that you’re in great hands tonight. You know. Strong, veiny, comedy hands. And look, if I could just take a serious moment, I’d like to say how much this show has meant to me. I started my career here. And they’ve always supported me.[music starts playing in the backbround]
And wait a second. Are they playing me off? Are you are you playing me off in my own monologue? I waited 12 freakin years for this. I mean, have you seen some of the idiots they’ve had host the show since then. Kristin, Phil, Andy, Fred. Alright, fine. I’ll take one question you sir.
Lorne Michaels: I’m so sorry Will. There’s been a mistake.[Willem Dafoe walks in]
Willem Dafoe: Hey!
Will Forte: Wait. Willem Dafoe? You’re hosting next week.
Willem Dafoe: I’m pretty sure it’s this week.
Lorne Michaels: You think I would book someone named Will, then someone named Willem?
Will Forte: My god, this is not happening. But you texted me to come host, Lorne.
Lorne Michaels:I texted Willem and you know, autocorrect.
Will Forte: Alright, fine, then, you know let’s have the fans decide once and for all.[The poll “who should host?” appears on the screen. Willem Dafoe – 40%. Kristen Wiig – 40%. Maneskin – 10%. Will Forte – 5%. Abandon show, bring back Tom Hanks – 5%.]
Will Forte: Oh my god. 5%. Oh, I guess people do love me. Alright, we have a great show. I’m here. Maneskin is here. So stick around and we’ll be right back.