Ahoy! Grab your trident because Jason Momoa better known as “Aquaman” is hosting a brand new Saturday Night Live!
Depending on what kind of fanboy (or fangirl) you are, Jason Momoa, who’s hosting an all-new SNL tonight for the first time at 11:30pm on NBC, may be known to you as a different character. For fans of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” he’s Khal Drogo, a chieftain of a Dothraki khalasar or if you’re a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger reboots, he’s the Conan the Barbarian. However, on Friday, December 21st, Jason Momoa splashes into theaters nationwide as “Aquaman” DC Comics’ King of the Seven Seas! A role that Momoa has already appeared as in the superhero movies, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League.”
For years, comic book fans have made Aquaman the most disparaged hero in the DC Universe. He was considered somewhat of a joke and a weaker member of the Justice League whose ability to “talk to fish” rarely came in handy when the world was in danger. Warner Bros and DC Comics has definitely turned this perception around by casting Momoa as the Sea King of Atlantis, giving the character more of a Viking warrior look as opposed to a Jim Gaffigan look like he had on the 70’s cartoon “Super Friends.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean that Saturday Night Live won’t mine Jason Momoa’s now signature character for comedy. We would be shocked if SNL didn’t do some sort of “Aquaman” sketch tonight. In fact, it would be a perfect opportunity for the show to bring back one of cast member Kate McKinnon’s funniest and most disturbing characters, Shud the Mermaid. This character first appeared in 2016 when Ariana Grande hosted during SNL – Season 41 and then she came back a year later during SNL – Season 42 when Scarlett Johansson returned to host. “Shud” is mermaid, but not like her beautiful sisters who are half-human and half-marlin or half-bluefish. Shud is 15% maiden and 85% blobfish. The blobish, you may remember, is perfectly named. It looks like a jellyfish with a face and was named “World’s Ugliest Animal” by the U.K.-based Ugly Animal Preservation Society, mostly as a rib. Shud the Mermaid was always a little man crazy and looking for love and was quite confident with her blobby appearance. Tonight, it would be a natural for Aquaman to be saving the day by calling out to his fish allies and Shud answering the call, “I heard you calling my name!”
Last week on SNL, Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live as President Trump for a cameo-filled SNL – Cold Open that turned into a musical number. It included Ben Stiller as former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. It looks like Saturday Night Live may have brought back Ben Stiller a week too soon last week. A new memo surfaced Friday night, recommending a long prison stretch for Cohen by New York prosecutors in the Southern District of New York and by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller for illegally redirecting campaign sources into payoffs from President Trump to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom Trump (or Individual 1 as he’s been called in the memos) is accused of having affairs with and which Trump allegedly wanted to silence with money to stop them from hurting his 2016 Presidential bid. With this news just hitting the country last night, SNL‘s talented writing staff must be scrambling to put something together for it, either in a cold open or sketch and definitely for Weekend Update. Lucky for them, Ben Stiller is local and leaves nearby in Manhattan. Also, this week from the World of Trump, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an interview that he had to stop the President from committing illegal acts during his tenure. The ever-classy Donald Trump fired back back saying Tillerson is as “dumb as a rock.” Don’t be surprised to see John Goodman return to SNL as Rex Tillerson to take on this story. These developments along with other information coming out on Cohen’s ties to Russia on Trump’s behalf and legal documents on Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort being released, there will be no shortage on Trump material for SNL to work with this weekend.
Another SNL – Cold Open possibility would be President Trump’s awkward and almost less-than-human appearance at the funeral for 41st President George H.W. Bush. Trump refused to participate in the service despite sitting in the front row with all of our living former Presidents. Trump would not ( or could not) recite the Apostles’ Creed and was photographed not placing his hand over his heart while the casket of our fallen former Commander-in-Chief processed by him like everyone else in the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. If SNL is bringing in stars for cameos, it would make a remarkable cold open to see Baldwin as Trump, Darrell Hammond return as former President Clinton, Jay Pharoah back as President Obama and of course, Will Ferrell as President George W. Bush. It’d be great, but that’s a lot to ask for, as well as making comedy out of a national day of mourning after SNL‘s very respectful tribute to Bush 41 during last week’s Weekend Update.
Other news stories we could look for tonight in sketch-form or on Update include Harvey Weinstein asking his media contacts to help clear his name, the Kardashian Family not sending out their infamous annual Christmas card this year, Lady Gaga, President Obama and Korean boy band BTS having the most liked Tweets of 2018 while another famous Tweeter was left out (#Sad,) and Kevin Hart pulling out of hosting the Oscars after severely homophobic tweets of his from years ago resurfacing after he was named host by the Academy. The Hart story could be made into a sketch featuring the SNL cast’s best celebrity impressions as other embattled stars auditioning to be the new Oscars host. Also, an SNL cast member made news this past week when Pete Davidson claimed he’d been bullied online by haters and proudly announced that he refuses to kill himself. It will be interesting to see if this “announcement” earned Davidson another trip to the Weekend Update desk to talk about his own personal issues and life again like he’s done in the past, which ironically is the reason for his online bullying.
In the first of the promos which you can watch below for tonight’s new Saturday Night Live, Jason Momoa plays the hero again when he’s forced to fill in as an NBC page at 30 Rock. Nothing stops him from getting the secret information the person holding on the phone is waiting for! In the next set, Momoa is joined by tonight’s musical guest, Mumford & Sons and cast member Leslie Jones, and we find out Leslie’s sorted connection to the band and then the “Three M’s,” Momoa, Mumford and Mama let off some steam.
Jason Momoa hosts a brand new episode of Saturday Night Live, tonight at 11:30pm and live across all time zones on NBC with musical guests Mumford & Sons.
Next week on Saturday, December 15th, it’s the SNL mid-season finale hosted by Matt Damon.