Watch: Kevin Hart Channels Quvenzhane Wallis, Recalls First ‘SNL’ Audition

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Kevin Hart did what he does best on Saturday Night Live: comedy, comedy, comedy.

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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Hart’s composure is briefly interrupted on “Weekend Update with Seth Meyers,” in the pair’s edition of “Really With Seth and Kevin.”

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Hart also channels his inner zombie in a tribute to The Walking Dead. After his character gets bitten, the conversation gets a bit sensitive for the new zombie.

“We’re not racist,” Taran Killam says. “It just seemed like you were turning into a zombie.”

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Justin Timberlake will host and serve as musical guest on Mar. 9.

What did you think of Kevin Hart on SNL last night? Weigh in below.

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