Emma Thompson Hosts the Mother of All “Saturday Night Live” Episodes

Following in the footsteps of the boy wizard himself, Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) hosted her first ever Saturday Night Live this weekend with a special Mother’s Day-themed show.

Thompson opened the show alongside former SNL cast members Tina Fey and Amy Poehler with a monologue about motherhood in which viewers were taught the essentials of “mother-speak 101.” The trio deciphered phrases that mothers often say, such as “I like that shirt” and “You look tired,” which in mother-speak actually mean “I think I bought you that shirt” and “You look bad.” Thompson also clued viewers in on the favorite British word “splendid,” joking that it means a myriad of things.

The quick-paced monologue ended with Thompson, Fey, and Poehler sending heartwarming messages to their own children.



Continuing on the Mother’s Day theme, another skit from the night showed a different side to motherhood. Thompson played a mother visiting her daughter who is struggling with being a mom to a young child. Incredibly funny and a little crude, this segment reminded everyone about the challenges of parenting, and that there is no such thing as perfect.



Away from the Mother’s Day theme, Thompson also appeared in a skit with actress Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters). In a callback to old Hollywood movies, Thompson and McKinnon played actresses who were determined to have the last word in a scene.



Thompson also paid tribute to her role in Beauty and the Beast, playing a live-action Mrs. Potts and reprising the classic song of the same name. Things start to go wrong, however, when the Beast’s gym equipment escapes and confronts Belle, the Beast, and Mrs. Potts!



All in all, we think Emma Thompson did a great job of hosting this Mother’s Day episode of Saturday Night Live! What was your favorite skit of the night? Which Potter star would you like to see host SNL next?


Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!