Nicki Minaj and The Weeknd finally revealed the project they’ve been working on together, performing a new remix of “The Hills” during Abel Tesfaye's official "Saturday Night Live" debut. The Weeknd tackled the first half of the song solo, before Minaj came out to rapturous applause for her new and unexpected verse on the track. The performance came on the heels of The Weeknd officially debuting two new remixes on iTunes, the other featuring Eminem.
Amy Schumer also made her "SNL" debut, successfully kicking off her first stint as host with eight minutes of standup where she riffed on the state of women in Hollywood, the Kardashians, and meeting Hillary Clinton and Bradley Cooper. Schumer, fresh off her Emmy win for her own sketch show, showed why she's one of our best comedic actresses, appearing as a flight attendant sucked out of the emergency exit of a plane, an adult film star (or was she a teacher?), Mary Todd Lincoln, and a very conservative elementary-schooler.
Below are some of the episode's highlights:
Nicki Minaj and The Weekend’s playful flirting.
Nicki Minaj and The Weeknd created a lot of new ‘shippers Saturday night.
Schumer roasts the Kardashians, says Khloe used to be "ours."
In a riff on being a role model for little girls, Schumer joked about Khloe Kardashian's recent weight-loss, saying that Khloe lost "a Kendall."
The Weekend Update’s TheWeeknd Update.
This short Weekend Update bit featured anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che cutting to a "new" segment, which really was just surprising a confused Tesfaye in his dressing room.
Amy Schumer and Vanessa Bayer's unlucky flight attendants.
The sketch of the night featured Schumer and Vanessa Bayer as flight attendants excited to perform their in-flight safety demonstration to the tune of "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls. That is, until they both get sucked out of the emergency exit of the plane.
Also, Taran Killam's rendition of "Say You'll Be There" had us like:
Mary Todd Lincoln rewrites history.
Schumer was also hilarious as an actor playing Mary Todd Lincoln in a reenactment of Abraham Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theater, taking history in her own hands as she ad-libs for horrified tourists, telling Lincoln "she's got a bad feeling about this" before she saves the day by punching "John Wilkes Booth" (played by Kyle Mooney) in the jaw.
PSA For Guns.
In a pre-taped commercial parody, the SNL crew satirized the ubiquity of guns in our society, imagining a future where we have guns in bed, at romantic dinners, on jogs, and at the births of our children.