One by one, the Not Ready for Primetime Players made their way to the stage alongside their mothers, who they were unable to see last Mother’s Day due to lockdown. Cyrus, meanwhile, belted out a soulful rendition of “Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” a song recorded in 1992 by her godmother, Dolly Parton.
Kate McKinnon and her mom kicked things off with their best impression of Molly Shannon’s Mary Katherine Gallagher. Then came Aidy Bryant’s mom, who used her limited screen time to promote the third and final season of her daughter’s Hulu comedy Shrill.
Kyle Mooney’s mom demanded two Mother’s Day gifts to make up for last year, while Mikey Day’s mom just wanted a hug… from Beck Bennett. Bowen Yang’s mother gave her son a kiss, then immediately washed his face with Purell. And Colin Jost’s mom nearly got her and her son cancelled on live television.
Everyone eventually gathered around Cyrus, who was joined by her own mother, Tish.
The Mother’s Day-themed cold open preceded the arrival of first-time host Elon Musk. During his opening monologue, the Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder revealed he has Asperger syndrome and addressed the controversy surrounding his appearance on the NBC sketch series.
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