Kylo Ren himself showed up to host “Saturday Night Live” and the villainous star of the U.S.’s biggest movie of all time showed that his comedy chops are solid, despite uneven material. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Adam Driver was amusing as Matt, a participant on a special “Starkiller” episode of “Undercover Boss.”
Disguised as a low-level tech, Matt is slowly unmasked by the crew due to his intense Kylo Ren personality.
Other segments weren’t quite at the same level — though his role in “Girls” has comedic leanings, the broad strokes of Driver as host of “America’s Funniest Cats” were a stretch despite perky performances as French cat video commentators by Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon. Driver also unveiled a portrait of himself as a painfully young Marine, drawing a collective “aww” from the audience. “Apparently the Marines accepted 12-year olds,” he joked.
The show opened with a lackluster take on the recent Republican debate, with Fox Business Network moderators Maria Bartiromo and Neil Cavuto played by Strong and Kyle Mooney.
Though an opportunity was missed to revive some of David Bowie’s memorable “SNL” performances in full, Fred Armisen was on hand to pay tribute to the singer who died Jan. 10, commenting on clips from his performances and saying “he transformed live television.”