It was the writer and actor’s first time hosting the show, and she discussed both Fleabag and Killing Eve plus her recent Emmy wins before the sketches kicked off (but after the cold open that saw Matthew Broderick debut his impression of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.)
Taylor Swift was the show’s musical guest.
In a game show parody called “What’s Wrong With This Picture?,” Waller-Bridge portrayed a contestant alongside Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney. Kenan Thompson played the host. The contestants said increasingly bizarre things in response to pictures where there was something obviously out of place. “The teacher’s explaining the difference between Harvey Weinstein and Aziz Ansari,” Mooney’s character said about a photo of a student in front of a teacher.
Waller-Bridge also was featured in a parody of Love Island, the popular British dating show. “They don’t even understand each other,” the narrator said, making fun of their regional dialects.
In a local-news sketch, Waller-Bridge portrayed a reporter talking about a recent robbery. Correspondents played by Thompson and Ego Nwodim celebrated every time a perpetrator turned out to be a white man.
A History Channel parody called “The War In Word: Letters From The Front” featured Waller-Bridge as the wife of a fighter pilot. Her love letters to him were comically brief.
Kate McKinnon reprised her impression of Elizabeth Warren during “Weekend Update,” making calls to some of her donors during the segment.
New SNL castmember Bowen Yang also appeared as a Chinese trade representative during “Weekend Update.” “I’m basically the Lizzo of China right now, and turns out I’m 100 percent that trade daddy,” he said.
In a skit about the royal family, Waller-Bridge played a fictional duchess who married a comedian, street poet and blaxploitation actor named Jimmy, played by Thompson.
In the final sketch of the night, Waller-Bridge, McKinnon, Bryant and Cecily Strong played a group of friends in a dive bar who were both upset but still in love with their collective ex-boyfriend, played by Bennett.