10:06pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
'SNL': Don Cheadle Plays Spike Lee in 'Celebrity Family Feud' Parody
Actor Don Cheadle hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live for the first time in his long career on Saturday night, playing director Spike Lee during one of the show's longest bits, a game show parody called “Celebrity Family Feud: Oscars Nominees.”
He went up against Melissa Villaseñor doing her recurring impression of Lady Gaga, who is nominated for her performance in A Star Is Born and her original song “Shallow.”
Kate McKinnon appeared as Glenn Close, nominated for The Wife, and Beck Bennett played Sam Elliott, also nominated for A Star Is Born, while Kyle Mooney played Bradley Cooper. Pete Davidson played Rami Malek, nominated for Bohemian Rhapsody, and Cecily Strong played a very drunk Olivia Colman, nominated for The Favourite.
Cheadle also appeared as a high school teacher in a parody of a closed-network freshman class show called “Fresh Takes” where students discussed the latest gossip, including a segment called "Cold Sore Watch." He also appeared in a Nailed It-like baking show where chefs tried to replicate cartoon characters as cakes, yielding monstrous creations like Cheadle's disturbing take on the Cookie Monster.
In a sketch about a bar fight, characters played by Cheadle and castmembers couldn't quite get into the fighting mood because the bubbly song "Lollipop" by Mika was playing.
In a commercial parody Cheadle appeared in, a tent shaped like a dog for couples to have sex in to avoid the awkwardness of their dogs watching them was touted. In another commercial parody, he played a cockroach who made himself so at home in someone’s house that he slept with a man’s wife.
Cheadle also took the hosting job on the sketch show as an opportunity to make a few statements with his attire. At one point during the program, he wore a shirt that said "Protect trans kids" on it.
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) February 17, 2019
And at the close of the show, Cheadle wore a Soviet Union-style hockey jersey that had Trump's name on the back and the number 45.
Don Cheadle wore a Soviet Union hockey jersey with “Trump” and “45” on the back at the end of SNL after hosting. Shade level: Masterful pic.twitter.com/hrDjPRulXy
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 17, 2019
See videos from Cheadle's best SNL moments below.
Feb. 17, 8:31 a.m. Updated with Cheadle's attire choices.