“Saturday Night Live” returned from the holidays with host Keke Palmer making a huge announcement: she is expecting a child!
“People have been claiming in my comments, ‘Keke’s having a kid,’ ‘Keke’s pregnant,’ and I want to clear the air,” Palmer stated in her opening monologue. “I am!”
Palmer made the shocking announcement during her animated and hysterical presentation about her good year starring in “Nope” and being nominated for an Academy Award – which she joked didn’t actually happen.
“I was trying so hard to keep it quiet since I had a lot going on,” she explained. “You know, people kept approaching me and saying, ‘Congratulations,’ and I was like, ‘Shh, can y’all stop?'” On the line is a liquor sponsorship.”
Palmer, all jokes aside, couldn’t suppress her joy.
“But honestly, this is the most incredible blessing, and I am overjoyed,” she remarked. “I’m going to be a mother, guys.”
She ended on a thoughtful note.
“When I first started doing stand-up and thought of being on this stage, I questioned myself, ‘Keke, who will you be?'” she explained. “Are you going to be like Maya Rudolph?” What about Eddie Murphy? ‘A Kristen Wiig?’ And now I can tell you who I am: my name is Keke Palmer.”
Palmer also referenced her time as the lead in “Akeelah and the Bee” in her monologue.
“It was a fantastic experience.” “I had so much fun, except when Laurence Fishburne yelled at me,” she added.
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Cecily Strong threw Palmer into wrestling positions and threw him against furniture in an introductory joke mimicking the soap opera network. At the end of the sketch, it was revealed that stunt doubles were used.
She also made fun of Drake in a sketch about women who had previously dated the musician, titled “United Tingz of Aubrey.” Later, in an ultrasound sketch, she mimicked her pregnancy by tipping a door dash driver from the womb.
She also starred in a spoof on the origins of “Hello, Kitty” (with a surprise cameo from “Russian Doll” star Natasha Lyonne), demonstrated her musical prowess in a video with SZA preaching the merits of “Big Boys,” and rocked out to “O, Holy Night” in a choir sketch.
Palmer, 29, is expecting her first child with her fiancé Darius Daulton, who is Sarunas Jackson’s brother.
The episode began with a parody of Herschel Walker and the run-off election.
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“My ex-wife believes all I do is run away,” Walker, played by Kenan Thompson, joked.
When asked about any issues in his background, Walker’s gaffes continue for an hour.
“I’m quite confident in this erection,” he explained.
Weekend Update is hosted by Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Ego Nwodim, Bowen Yang, Chloe Fineman, Punkie Johnson, Andrew Dismukes, Michael Che, and Colin Jost from “Saturday Night Live.”
As featured actors, the cast also features James Austin Johnson, Sarah Sherman, Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker. The show’s head writers are Kent Sublette, Alison Gates, and Streeter Seidell, with Liz Patrick directing.