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Timothee Chalamet made his second appearance as a Saturday Night Live (SNL) host on Nov. 11 with musical guest boygenius. Chalamet’s return to SNL was highly anticipated after skits from his debut went viral on social media.
Chalamet appeared on the SNL stage wearing a gold and black gemstone jacket. He opened his monologue by acknowledging the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike. He joked that he is now free to shamelessly self-promote his upcoming film, “Wonka”. Cameras followed the “Call Me by Your Name” actor as he waltzed around the stage singing a parody of the “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” original song, “Pure Imagination”.
“Come with me/ And you’ll be/ In a world of shameless self-promotion,” Chalamet sang as he swung a cane around the stage.
In the second part of his monologue, Chalamet was joined by comedian Marcello Hernandez, who joined the SNL cast last year. The pair rapped together about how they’ve been told they have a “baby face”. Hernandez was featured at the University of Maryland’s homecoming comedy show in 2022.
One popular skit of the night was a sequel to “Yeet” a skit performed by Pete Davidson and Chalamet during the actor’s debut show. Davidson and Chalamet played a pair of SoundCloud rappers promoting their new song, “Yeet ''. The skit became a viral sensation and even a popular Halloween costume. Taylor Lautner and his wife dressed as the pair for Heidi Klum’s annual Halloween party.
This year, Chalamet reprised his character in a roundtable skit about the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. Chalamet’s character knows or cares little about the genre but brags about how his song hit one trillion streams. He then performed his new hit, “Cling, Cling, Cling”.
“I thought the rap skit was one of the best of the night. SNL skits can be very hit or miss in my opinion so it was nice to see them bring back a fan favorite, although it wasn’t quite the same without Pete Davidson,” said sophomore journalism major Lia Gorbach.
Another hit of the night featured Chalamet dressed as Troye Sivan. A patient, played by Sarah Sherman, tries to explain to her doctor that she is hallucinating Troye Sivan. Chalamet was dressed to replicate Sivan in his “Got Me Started” music video, even copying his dance moves to a tee.
“I thought the Troye Sivan skit was the best one. It was super relevant since Troye Sivan is really having a moment in pop culture right now, and Timothee Chalamet looked just like him,” said criminal justice major Lindsay Fisher.
Troye Sivan himself got a kick out of the skit. He reposted the skit to his Instagram and TikTok pages and even made his profile picture Chalamet in the skit.
Boygenius sang their hits “Not Strong Enough” and “Satanist” dressed in their signature suits. All three band members played guitars as they sang.
“I thought Boygenius sounded excellent during their performance. I’m a new fan so I was really curious to see how they sounded live and they definitely didn’t disappoint! I love that they all play instruments too,” said criminal justice major Hannah Scopp.
It was a successful night of comedy and music for Chalamet and the members of boygenius. Fans can catch Chalamet on the big screen in “Wonka” on Dec. 15.