10:16pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
Awkwafina Thanks Lucy Liu for "Opening the Door" as Host on 'SNL'
Awkwafina on Saturday became the first Asian woman to host Saturday Night Live in 18 years and only the second Asian woman ever to do so, following Lucy Liu’s stint as host in 2000.
In her opening monologue, Awkwafina referenced the blockbuster romantic-comedy she appeared in this summer by noting that she is not, indeed, a “crazy rich Asian.”
Musical guest Travis Scott appeared in a sketch about two rival crews having a dance battle to songs like the themes of The Price Is Right and Wheel of Fortune.
Awkwafina played Cleopatra’s makeup artist alongside castmembers Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon.
In a digital short, the host also joined Thompson in playing hype men for Ted Cruz, played by Beck Bennett. Bennett’s Cruz was so painfully uncool that he couldn’t handle a microphone and immediately popped a basketball when trying to dribble it.
In a dating show parody, Awkwafina had to choose between oddball magicians played by Thompson, Pete Davidson, Alex Moffett and Kyle Mooney.
Awkwafina also played a dogwalker who crashed a baby shower and appeared in a bizarre Halloween video about having sex with pumpkins.
A commercial parody during the episode also poked fun at the new presidential alert texting system that was tested earlier in the week, showing hypothetical text alerts from President Donald Trump like “Warning: White men are under attack” and “Kid Rock sounds better than ever!”
As with last week, the "Weekend Update" segment spent a lot of time on Brett Kavanaugh, with newsdesk co-host Colin Jost noting that 50 votes is the least amount a Supreme Court justice nominee has ever received in a confirmation vote, following that with: “Keep in mind, it’s also the most yeses Brett Kavanaugh has ever heard.”