Comedian & actress Tiffany Haddish made her debut as host of Saturday Night Live last night (Nov. 11), and gave a hilarious impression of rising rap star Cardi B.
Haddish’s appearance on the long-running show featured a sketch of faux The Lion King auditions that were left on the cutting-room floor. The skit featured several famous actors and musicians who tried but failed to land a part on the live-action remake.
In SNL’s universe, Cardi B and Offset tried out for the spots of Timon and Pumbaa. Haddish, as Cardi, is dressed in a full-length mink coat and rocking an extravagant weave, while the fake Migos member sports a jean outfit, dreadlocks and shades. Haddish flips the film’s song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” into a Cardi-tinged version, while Offset applies the adlibs.
Other rappers get spoofed as well including LL Cool J and Eminem. Haddish even returns and does a Mary J. Blige impression.
Haddish made Saturday Night Live history last night by becoming the first black female stand-up comic to host the show in its 43 seasons – unpack that statistic for a moment – and she grabbed the chance with the room-working skills and confidence of the star she knows she is.
Anyone who didn’t see Girls Trip now knows, too.