Watch: Kevin Hart Channels Quvenzhane Wallis, Recalls First ‘SNL’ Audition
So it only made sense that the 32-year-old funnyman went right into stand-up for his opening monologue, recalling a run-in with a homeless guy who was after his sandwich at Panera Bread.
Then came the impressions.
“Back in the day, I actually auditioned for SNL. True story people. I didn’t get it, no, they passed on me, which I’m fine about now . . . I just feel like I gave a great audition,” he said, before delivering his versions of basketball great Avery Johnson, Robert De Niro and Denzel Washington.
“The reason why I chose [Denzel], I’m black, he’s black, it was the perfect combination,” said Hart.
The evening was packed with spot-on sketches, live and pre-taped (“Is it a Z shirt?”), but the highlight of the show came by way of Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis.
Or, Hart’s version of the 9-year-old movie star.
Wolf Blitzer (played by Jason Sudeikis) chats with a correspondent for The Situation Room (Cecily Strong) about the selection for a new pope before the two are interrupted by a smoke signal, indicating that the Cardinals have made a decision — in Wallis.
“Quvenzhane Wallis is of course the first African American, first female and first child pope,” Strong announces, as Hart appears on screen in the actress’s Oscar dress (puppy purse included).
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