In a spectacular start to the new year, Jacob Elordi, the charismatic star known for his role in "Euphoria," graced the stage of "Saturday Night Live" as the first host of 2024. His debut on the renowned sketch comedy show was marked by his engaging monologue, where he humorously referenced his recent projects and past remarks, captivating the audience with his charm and wit.
Elordi's performance was a blend of self-deprecation and clever comedy. He opened with an enthusiastic acknowledgment of the year, stating, “It is so exciting to be here hosting the first and, so far, best show in 2024”.
The 26-year-old actor then playfully remarked on his role in Emerald Fennell's dark comedy thriller, "Saltburn." Elordi joked about his character, Felix Catton, being more recognized from viral TikToks than from the film itself.
In a particularly humorous moment, he referenced a controversial scene featuring Barry Keoghan’s character, Oliver Quick, atop Felix’s grave, quipping, “Yeah, I was the one in the grave”.
Elordi's SNL Triumph
Elordi's monologue also included a gracious nod to those who had seen "Saltburn," with a tongue-in-cheek apology to those who watched it with their parents and a sly 'you're welcome' to those who saw it with their partners.
The highlight of his monologue, however, came when he addressed his comments on "The Kissing Booth," the Netflix movie series that catapulted him to fame. Two months ago, Elordi's remarks about the film being “ridiculous” and “an escape” rather than “universal” had sparked considerable media attention.
In a playful exchange with SNL cast member Sarah Sherman, who feigned disgust at the idea of two people kissing, Elordi cleverly turned the critique into a moment of humor, which was met with roaring applause and laughter from the audience.
Elordi's SNL appearance not only showcased his comedic talent but also highlighted his ability to engage with public discourse in a light-hearted manner. This performance, which skillfully balanced humor and self-reflection, has set a high bar for the rest of the year's SNL episodes.