This past weekend, Kieran Culkin hit the stage at 30 Rockefeller Plaza for his Saturday Night Live hosting duties, with Ed Sheeran as musical guest. But someone quite unexpected stole the show: here's what you need to know about Dionne Warwick's surprise appearance and what the starlet herself thought about it.
The Dionne Warwick Talk Show has become a staple of SNL, with Ego Nwodim leading the sketch with her stellar impersonation of Dionne. Co-star Punkie Johnson also often appears as Brittani Warrick, the singer's niece, and social/branding director. And this past Saturday, we saw a whole crew of celebs (impersonated by the cast) take a seat on the talk show hostess's couch.
Chloe Fineman as Miley Cyrus, Pete Davidson as Post Malone, and host Kieran Culkin as Jason Mraz spoke with the Hollywood legend. But hands-down, the best part came later, when Ego said, "You know what? I'm tired of interviewing people who are not icons. Please welcome me." And then, much to the audience's delight, out stepped the real Dionne Warwick.
"I'm so excited for you that I'm here," the 80-year-old hilariously said to her on-screen impersonator. A LOL-worthy conversation followed, where the starlets discussed everything from why Dionne is "perfect" to Dogecoin. Lucky for us, the I Say a Little Prayer singer later took to social media to share her reviews on the whole event.
"I had fun at [SNL]," Dionne tweeted alongside a star-eye emoji. The Twitter queen thanked Ego Nwodium, Punkie Johnson, and the writers, cast, and crew. "I had a wonderful time with you all," Warwick added. It's not the first time the Grammy-winning singer praises the sketch comedy masters for their work. After the talk show sketch premiered on her 80th birthday, Dionne called it "a hilarious birthday gift."
"That young lady's impression of me was very good," she said of Nwodium after the December debut. Warwick continued, "You did a wonderful job, baby. You are a star." We couldn't agree more. But, of course, we can't help but think this latest show was the best one yet - all thanks to Dionne.