Actress Ariana DeBose just made her first appearance as host of “Saturday Night Live” last night.
During her monologue, she introduced herself by saying that she won the Golden Globe for her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s film adaption “West Side Story,” which hit theaters late last year.
“Now, not many people know this, but ‘West Side Story’ is actually based on another classic tale of star-crossed lovers,” she began. “90 Day Fiancé.”
She said it was good to be there to represent the Latino community, but also the Broadway community.
“Obviously, Broadway has been through a lot these past couple of years, but we are a community that perseveres,” she said. “I believe Broadway changes lives. I mean, hey, it changed mine, and Broadway has this magical ability to bring people together.”
“And I think we can all use a little Broadway right now,” she continued. “Maybe… maybe a little something from ‘West Side Story’?”
Thus Enters Kate McKinnon!
After DeBose made that suggestion, comedian Kate McKinnon immediately burst onto the stage.
“Did I hear, ‘Sing songs from West Side Story with Kate McKinnon?’” she asked.
“Uh, no,” DeBose replied. “But hi, Kate.”
“I’m sorry. It’s just, it’s my favorite show,” McKinnon said. “I’ve loved it since I was in elementary school.”
“Oh,” DeBose said. “Well, did you like the movie?”
“I didn’t see it,” McKinnon says with a deadpan expression. “I don’t leave the house because of COVID, and also because I don’t leave the house.”
“Well, in that case, why don’t we bring out some stools and we can sing together?” DeBose asked.
“Oh no,” McKinnon began. “I don’t even know if I even remember the songs… ‘Tonight’ in A-flat, thanks.”
Together, the duo performed parts of the songs “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty,” “Something’s Coming,” and “America.”
After the first song, DeBose said, “That was pretty good, Kate.”
“Yeah, I know,” McKinnon replied. “I’ve been on Broadway.”
“You have?” DeBose asked.
“Yeah,” McKinnon replied. “Like, the sidewalk.”
“That was pretty good, Kate,” DeBose said, early on in their performance.
Fans Loved The Skit!
Fans absolutely loved the musical duet between DeBose and McKinnon, which had been viewed over 50,000 times by Sunday morning.
“So happy for her!” one fan commented. “She’s amazing and deserves all of the success!!”
“Ariana Debose is so talented, I can’t even make sense of it,” another fan wrote. “Her delivery is so polished and yet natural and she makes it look easy, when it’s anything but easy… Wow. Blown away!”
“She’s amazing and her energy when she came out was fantastic,” wrote another. “Kate McKinnon nailed it perfectly and was the best partner Ariana could have had️.”
“Ariana DeBose is very talented,” said another. “She was incredible in West Side Story She deserves to win Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars.”
“The whole world is going to know her when she has an Oscar in two months, mark my words,” another wrote.
“Ariana DeBose is such an amazing person,” one fan commented. “I’ve seen her in person along with Spielberg and my God she’s just stunning.”
“Ariana is absolutely amazing, she has such a beautiful voice,” another wrote. “Shout out to Kate’s dance moves though, she’s so funny.”
Another shared, “Really admire the hard work and dedication of Broadway performers and theatre in general.”
“The fist-bump with the line ‘I feel pretty and witty and gay’ was def my favorite part,” said another.
“They really just let the two of them have fun and I love it so much,” wrote another fan.
@nbcsnl tonight! Just got home from the Dress Rehearsal and let me tell you: you’re in for a treat! @ArianaDeBose KILLS IT as host. She’ll sing, dance and do everything in between perfectly. Oh and Ariana + Kate McKinnon?!! 🤯 Still can’t recover from that… 😭 BRAVO Ari!! pic.twitter.com/nGrv4fPvUa
— Nydia Jaimes (@nydiajaimes) January 16, 2022
“I knew Ariana has a beautiful voice but man was I not prepared !” another fan wrote. “Kate gave me goose bumps… What a voice ! Excellent monologue girls.”
“One of my all-time favorite movies/shows no matter who plays it,” another said.
Some fans loved DeBose’s hosting so much that they have their fingers crossed that she’ll come back in another episode!
“Confidence all the way through the roof,” wrote another. “What a personality. 2-time host in the same season coming right up.”
Although DeBose has stellar vocal ability, she was not the “SNL” musical guest. After rapper Roddy Ricch was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier in the week, he was replaced by Jack Antonoff’s indie-pop band, “Bleachers.”
Fans catch watch the full Ariana DeBose opening and Kate McKinnon sing-a-long below!