Inside Jerrod Carmichael's ‘SNL’ Hosting Debut


| LAST UPDATE 04/04/2022

By Arianna Morgan
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"Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" is one of the most iconic phrases heard in Hollywood. From David Spade to Kim Kardashian, it feels like almost every celebrity has hosted Saturday Night Live, so for comedian Jerrod Carmichael his debut as host on SNL was nothing short of a huge deal. The "least famous SNL host," according to himself, absolutely killed the stage on Saturday night, leaving audiences everywhere braying with laughter. Here's what went down.

Even though he may consider himself not so famous, on the contrary, Carmichael is one of the strongest comics in Hollywood. The comedian had a semi-biographical sitcom on NBC from 2015-to 2017, The Carmichael Show, and has three stand-up specials on HBO, including his latest Rothaniel. The comic made headlines with his latest comedy special because it was absolutely hilarious - but perhaps the comedian's most memorable moment was when he came out to the audience. The audience enthusiastically encouraged the comedian, and he explained how much the moment meant to him.

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Just a day after the comedian came out to the world in his comedy special, he graced the SNL stage with his presence and had a whole lot to say about it - along with Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, of course. The comedian delivered a hysterical monologue where he addressed his recent coming out and how he's over talking about the infamous slap debacle that happened recently but instead feels like it happened years ago. He was over talking about it by Tuesday, but "Then Lorne came into my dressing room. He was like, 'I think you need to talk about it.' He said the nation needs to heal," and so he "healed the nation" with some pretty funny jokes. The comedian continued to play on the Oscars incident with a skit as him being a seat filler next to Will Smith when the slap went down, and you see from his perspective how things took a turn real quickly.

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Not only was it Carmichael's debut, but Pete Davidson made a brief appearance in a skit with rapper Gunna after being MIA from the show a little too long! Nevertheless, from being the "least famous SNL host" to quite possibly now being one of the best, Carmichael has left his mark - and we hope he'll be back again to host in the near future! Stay tuned.

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