The cast for the Lion King remake made a big splash on the internet last week, with voices coming from the likes of Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen and Eric Andre. On last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live, the cast imagined which voice actors didn’t make the cut of the upcoming film.
Tiffany Haddish, who hosted the episode, portrayed Cardi B, who along with her fiance Offset, auditioned for the roles of Timon and Pumba. The audition featured Cardi singing her own version of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” with her own name, while Offset contributed some titular ad-libs. It seems likely that including Offset in the bit was inspired by Migos’ recent request to portray the three Hyenas in the film.
Haddish also played Mary J. Blige, while resident hip-hop head Pete Davidson parodied Eminem’s recent Trump freestyle, sternly circling the space as he delivered his lines. Other celebrities impersonated include LL Cool J, Celine Dion, John Oliver, Oprah Winfrey, and Kristen Schaal.
As she shared on Instagram recently, Haddish made history with her appearance, making her the first black female comedian to host SNL since it began airing in 1975. Taylor Swift, who just released her album Reputation served as the musical guest.
In her opening monologue, Haddish addressed the recent sex assault scandals in Hollywood, specifically, the allegations made against Louis C.K., which he has confirmed are true. “Listen, fellas. Listen. If you got your thing-thing out and she’s got all her clothes on, you’re wrong. You’re in the wrong,” she said.
The upcoming November 18th taping of SNL will be a big one for hip-hop fans. Chance The Rapper is set to host the show, while Eminem will appear as the musical guest. It has been rumored that Em will share his ninth studio album Revival on Friday, November 17th, but it is yet to be confirmed. Last Friday, he shared the first single from the project “Walk On Water” with Beyoncé.