It’s hard to believe that international music sensation Harry Styles has never hosted SNL before because on Saturday, the certified hunk was a natural at comedy. Dressed in bright colours, jewellery and painted nails, the former boy-bander tickled the ivories, baring a striking resemblance to a young David Bowie, quipped about cultural differences between the U.S. and U.K. and then got down to the elephant in the room: One Direction.
“I was in a band called One Direction,” he said. “I love those guys, they’re my brothers: Niall, Liam, Louis and uhhh . . .Ringo.”
Dang. Did someone shut off the lights, or is all that darkness from the shade?
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) November 17, 2019
Many people on Twitter were quick to point out that Ringo was the first to leave The Beatles like Zayn Malik was the first to leave 1D, insisting it wasn’t a dig at Zayn. But some longtime 1D fans were not amused.
Oh Harry. He did tell us plainly that his priorities go “music, then fantastic hair, then comedy . . . then family, then friends” so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised.
The episode was filled with side-splitting sketches that saw Harry put in scenarios truly out of his comfort zone. But probably the bit that hit him closest to home was a sketch where he played a not-great social media manager for Sara Lee, leaving rather saucy comments on celebrity pages from the dessert brand’s Instagram account. We can only imagine the number of times that Harry Styles himself has been on the receiving end of such Insta thirst.
The evening of star power included a cameo by hunky Mad Men actor Jon Hamm who is dating SNL producer Lindsay Shookus. Where’s the Sara Lee social media manager when you need him, because Mr Hamm is FINE.
Harry also performed double duty as the SNL musical guest, debuting song “Watermelon Sugar” in a daring fuchsia suit and “Lights Up” in a glittering chest-baring black jumpsuit that will surely end up one day in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.