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‘SNL’ claims host Keegan-Michael Key ‘promised best show in 46 years’

Keegan-Michael Key is returning to his sketch comedy roots this weekend — and “Saturday Night time Stay” is making rattling positive he has plenty of hype to dwell as much as.

It began with the jokey video promo dropped Thursday evening for the subsequent episode of NBC’s venerable late-night giggle fest: “Hello I’m Keegan-Michael Key and I’m internet hosting ‘SNL’ with [musical guest] Olivia Rodrigo,” introduced Key, 50, who was a solid member on Fox’s “Mad TV” from 2004 to 2009.

Solid member Kate McKinnon shortly jumps in to boast: “You gotta watch as a result of Keegan promised the show’s gonna be the best in 46 years,” punctuated with some aggressive pokes to his broad shoulder.

“Properly, I didn’t promise — I stated it’d be good if it was,” he replies, with McKinnon, 37, doubling down: “No, you stated it. You promised. It’s on the market. Good luck.”

In a followup promo teased by ETOnline, Netflix’s “The Promenade” star reintroduces himself and McKinnon asks, “Do you assume you’re gonna deliver again any of your previous characters?”

“Ah, I form of wish to concentrate on the brand new stuff,” Key replies — apparently pondering that she’s referencing his “Mad TV” bits or possibly one thing from his acclaimed sketch collection “Key and Peele” with co-star Jordan Peele, which aired on Comedy Central from 2012 to 2015.

Cue the stone-faced Kate takedown: “Sorry, I used to be speaking to Olivia.”

Rodrigo is additionally making her debut on the long-lasting sketch comedy show. Nonetheless, the “Drivers License” singer was already the inspiration for a viral bit in February when breakout “Bridgerton” heartthrob Regé-Jean Web page hosted the show. 

Followers of the Disney+ authentic show “Excessive College Musical: The Musical: The Sequence” have been following the teenager gossip surrounding Rodrigo’s hit single “Drivers License,” which they imagine was impressed by an alleged love triangle between her and show co-stars Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter.

By no means a franchise to overlook a trending second, “SNL” dropped a ha-ha homage to Rodrigo’s viral tune — solely, it was set in a pool corridor, with grown males partaking in the excessive drama of all of it.

The singer herself took discover of the bit — because the episode aired on the identical day as her 18th birthday: “DRIVERS LICENSE SNL SKETCH IS THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER IM SHAKING,” Rodrigo posted to Twitter on the time.

NBC’s official “SNL” account instantly responded: “hbd!!!!,” becoming a member of the greater than 300,000 followers who preferred, retweeted and/or commented on Rodrigo’s authentic tweet.

Can Rodrigo and Key each dwell as much as the mixed hype? Decide for your self when the show airs dwell at 11:30 p.m. Saturday. In the meantime, subsequent up: “The Queen’s Gambit” star Anya-Taylor Pleasure and Devil-sneaker-sporting rapper Lil Nas X will shut out the 46th season of “SNL” on Might 22.

Keegan-Michael Key
Keegan-Michael Key is returning to his sketch comedy roots this weekend.
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