Australian actor Jacob Elordi, renowned for his roles in Netflix's "The Kissing Booth" and HBO's "Euphoria," marked a momentous occasion on January 20, 2024, by hosting the premiere episode of "Saturday Night Live" (SNL) for the year. The event, which quickly became a trending topic on social media, showcased Elordi's versatility beyond his recent celebrated performances in Sofia Coppola’s biopic "Priscilla" and the psychological thriller "Saltburn."
Elordi's SNL debut was characterized by a series of sketches that humorously poked fun at current events, popular personalities, and contemporary trends. Notably, many of these sketches highlighted Elordi's impressive stature of 6 feet 5 inches and his striking good looks, which have garnered him a considerable fan following online.
The episode was further enhanced by appearances from other notable stars. Reneé Rapp, the talented singer and lead in the new movie adaptation of "Mean Girls," graced the show alongside Rachel McAdams, famed for her portrayal of Regina George in the original "Mean Girls" film. Additionally, the audience was treated to a performance by the acclaimed rapper Megan Thee Stallion.
Here, we delve into the top 10 moments that defined Elordi's SNL hosting debut:
1. Jacob Elordi in a Mock Alaska Airlines Ad: In a satirical take, Elordi and the cast members lampooned Alaska Airlines following a recent incident that necessitated an emergency landing. The parody featured fake employees humorously promoting the slogan "You didn’t die and you got a cool story" and included an interview with a "real passenger" who humorously recounted her terrifying experience.
2. Pretend Romance with Chloe Fineman: A sketch titled “Crown Your Short King” saw Elordi and Fineman engaging in a playful, fake romantic encounter, which ignited lively social media discussions.
3. Humor in 'Saltburn' Scene: Elordi's opening monologue included jokes about a notable scene from "Saltburn," cleverly playing on the audience's reactions to watching it with different company.
4. Celebrity Lip-Reading Skit: This segment had Elordi and Bowen Yang offering comically inaccurate lip-readings of celebrities, including Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce, leading to amusing misinterpretations.
5. Acting Class Skit: Elordi humorously portrayed a famous actor unfamiliar with the concept of rejection, drawing laughs from the audience with his feigned ignorance.
6. Appearance at a Women-Only AA Meeting: In this sketch, Elordi's character candidly spoke about his struggles, leading to a comical twist on the theme of attractiveness and sobriety.
7. Interaction with Lovestruck Audience Members: Highlighting Elordi's charm, this segment involved staged questions from the audience, emphasizing his appeal.
8. Wedding Interruption Skit: Elordi's staged wedding gets humorously disrupted by a past Hinge date, played by Yang, leading to an unexpected bond over cartoons.
9. Bowling Alley Date Skit: Elordi and his date encounter bizarre animated bowling alley videos, culminating in a humorous conclusion to their date.
10. Scene with Rachel McAdams: Fans were delighted by the interaction between Elordi and McAdams in an acting class skit, culminating in a heartwarming hug.
These moments not only highlighted Elordi's comedic talent but also demonstrated his ability to connect with the audience, making his SNL hosting debut a memorable event in his rising career.