British pop singer Adele put in a supremely impressive performance as the host of hit American television show Saturday Night Live, delivering a slick and well-rehearsed effort while displaying her comedic charm in a series of humorous skits.
Saturday Night Live may well be one of the most lucrative late-night shows of all time and the chance to perform as either the musical guest or the host is a commercial opportunity not to be missed. While some fail to hit the mark with their attempts at humour, Adele managed to tow the line wonderfully as she discussed her own music career, her personal life and played a large role in six different sketches over the course of the episode.
“I know I look really, really different since you last saw me,” said the 32-year-old, as she took to the stage. “But actually, because of all the Covid restrictions…I had to travel light and I could only bring half of me,” she joked about her well-publicised weight loss. “And this is the half I chose,” she added.
Staying on relevant topics, Adele addressed some political discussion during her monologue but kept it light: “Now, I don’t know anything about American politics — I mean, I’m British you know — and I don’t want to say anything too political, but I’ll just say this,” she said. “Sarah Palin, babes, thanks for everything.”
Discussing her music, the singer again joked about the delay in her latest album: “I know there’s been a lot of chatter about me just being the host,” Adele said. “Like, ‘Why isn’t she the musical guest?’ There’s a couple of reasons. My album’s not finished and I’m also too scared to do both.”
Below, see her full monologue and sketches.