Emma Thompson Gets Help From Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in 'Saturday Night Live' Stage Hosting Debut
By Zach Seemayer
The incomparable Emma Thompson made her Saturday Night Livedebut on May 11, and she brought her brilliant timing and impeccable gravitas to the show, adding a level of confidence and control not seen in many first-time hosts.
The English actress kicked things off with a shout-out to SNL's longest-serving cast member. "It's incredible to be working alongside my beloved husband of 16 years, Kenan Thompson," Emma joked, as Kenan blew her a kiss from off-stage.
With it being the show's Mother's Day episode, Thompson also called on some friends and fellow mothers to help explain and decode some common "mom phrases."
"I just to relax in the backyard this weekend," really means: "Where does one buy weed?"
"I like that shirt," actually translates to: "I think I brought you that shirt."
"Can we just not talk about politics?" means: "Please don't ruin Joe Biden. He's what I picture."
Emma also explained that "British mothers are a particular breed of cryptic" and that when a British mom says, "splendid," what she really means is, "I'm sad. I'm happy. How are you? You embarrass me. I'm crazy. You're drunk."
"Splendid is sort of our, 'Aloha,'" Emma added with a laugh.
It was a super cute, sweet way to celebrate Mother's Day, as well as evidence that, as expected, Emma is nothing less than flawless in everything she tries.
Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. PT on NBC.