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Steve Martin joins host Selena Gomez to share the Whoopee Cushion story – NBC Chicago

Between a dirty discovery in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard lawsuit and a surprise guest appearing as the inventor of the whoopee pillow, there was plenty of bathroom-related humor to go around on Saturday night.

Selena Gomez, who first appeared as a musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” in January 2016, used the opening monologue from her hosting debut to thank a few of her co-stars. Acting stars: Steve Martin – who later appeared as the happy-go-lucky creator of the whoopee cushion – Martin Short and Barney, singing the dinosaur’s song “I Love You” with the audience.

She also said she was single and ready to mingle.

“I’ve heard that ‘SNL’ is a great place to find romance,” Gomez said, listing previous hosts who had fallen in love, from Emma Stone and Dave McCary, to Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost, to Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian.

“Since I don’t want to try dating apps, I just want to say in the universe that I show love. And at this point, I’d like to say I’m looking for my soul mate, but at this point, I I’d take anyone,” she said, to which several cast members, including Kyle Mooney and James Austin Johnson, volunteered to step in — even though they’re both married, as she points out. .

Gomez – who has taken on roles such as a Broadway actress on a show where no one knows their lines, one of three princesses chosen by a prince who slayed a dragon and a fast-paced morning talk show host – had two little friends in the sketches.

In one, she’s a girlfriend in a long-term relationship, and her boyfriend “competes” on an American version adapted from the Japanese reality show “Old Enough,” where toddlers are tasked with making races in the world by themselves. On the American version designed by “SNL”, a longtime boyfriend must perform the tasks alone.

Gomez’s character Kelsey asks her boyfriend Matt, played by Mikey Day, to do two things “on his own.” Needless to say, Matt struggles to follow instructions and breaks down in tears as he tries to remember the right thing to do. Sephora.

He ended up going home in one piece, but with nothing he was supposed to have brought, drawing Kelsey’s expected exasperation.

“I’m so proud of him, but that said, I asked him for an eye pencil and two shallots, and he brought home 10 pounds of onions and a blush palette for African American women. “, she sighs.

The cold open on “SNL” featured Depp, played by actor Kyle Mooney, taking the stand in his defamation lawsuit against Heard. Depp is suing his ex-wife in Virginia, accusing her of defamation for a December 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post in which she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence.”

Although the article does not mention Depp by name, his lawyers say the article defames him for the high-profile allegations made by Heard when she filed for divorce in 2016. Depp says he has never abused physically from Heard, while Heard – who contradicts Depp – says she was assaulted on more than a dozen occasions.

The two actors have traded accusations on the stand in recent weeks, including Depp alleging that Heard once left feces in his bed.

In the “SNL” skit, Depp’s attorney plays surveillance footage imagining hotel staff discovering the feces, who arrive one after another and grimace.

Judge Penny Azcarte, played by Cecily Strong, shows interest in the video playing and the line of questions, but pulls out a bag of popcorn as she progresses. At one point, Heard’s lawyer, played by Heidi Gardner, tries to object and asks what part of the video really needs to be played.

“We don’t have to watch anything, but we want to – so shhh,” Strong replies.

Gomez, a co-star with Martin on ‘Only Murders in the Building,’ opened the skit with the comedian as host of the fictional show ‘American Inventors,’ which profiled Martin’s Archie Gizmo , the “inventor” of the device joke.

Gizmo, billed as a ‘stuffing inventor’ and the ‘longest-serving patent holder in history’, says he had an early prototype of the pad made, but couldn’t decide which sound he wanted. was supposed to emit when someone sat on it.

Much to his relief, the answer was found when he met Dina Beans, played by Aidy Bryant, who made the perfect gas sound every time she sat down. Martin’s character then recounts how he fell in love and married her, while continuing to draw inspiration from other physical gags stemming from his misfortune, from the electric buzzer to the box of nuts with snakes inside.

“She was God’s complete idiot,” Martin mused.

Musical guest Post Malone, who sang the new songs “Cooped Up” and “Love/Hate Letter to Alcohol,” also appeared in a few skits, including as a baby in a crib with two other “newborns.” of the cast. Gomez’s character in the skit is supposed to take care of the other twin babies, but it turns out that they might be watching her and her friends.

The next album from the Grammy winner, “Twelve Carat Toothache” is set to be released on June 3.

Netflix’s “Russian Doll” star Natasha Lyonne will host the Season 47 finale on Saturday, May 21. Japanese Breakfast will perform as a musical guest.

Anyone affected by domestic violence can receive help, advice, information or crisis intervention by calling the National Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-799-7233 or by visiting the website

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