"Saturday Night Live" returned after a three-week break with singer and actress Keke Palmer as host and featuring musical guest SZA.

Palmer hosted after being awarded the surprise Best Supporting Actress winner at the 2022 New York Film Critics Circle Awards this past week for her role in Jordan Peele's blockbuster sci-fi thriller "Nope."

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Here are some notable moments from the sixth episode of "Saturday Night Live" Season 48.

Cold Open

The uncharacteristically short Cold Open featured Kenan Thompson playing Georgia senatorial candidate Herschel Walker, Mikey Day as Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Cecil Strong as Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and James Austin Johnson as Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. All three senators wanted to give Walker a pep talk ahead of the Tuesday runoff election in Georgia against Democratic opponent Herschel Walker.

The sketch fell a bit flat. There was an easier-to-mock speech by Walker about werewolves and vampires, which former President Barack Obama made fun of at a Warnock rally on Wednesday.


Palmer's monologue overflowed with confidence, jokes, and bubbly spunk as soon as she took the stage. She reminded the audience she has been acting since she was nine in her earliest film, "Akeelah and the Bee." Palmer said while making the film legendary co-star Laurence Fishburne yelled at her while she laughed during a spelling bee scene, "this isn't what real actors do!"

Palmer also addressed rumors about her possibly being pregnant. She joyfully said, "I want to set the record straight." She then opened up her blazer to reveal a baby bump, "I am!" Palmer continued, "rumors are even worse when they are correct." She noted that it was the biggest blessing to be a soon-to-be mom.

Palmer wrapped up her monologue by saying she had dreamed of hosting SNL since she was a child actor. She noted that she always wondered if she would be like a Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, or an Eddie Murphy-type of a comic actor. She responded, "Baby, I'm Keke Palmer!"

"Big Boys" Digital Short

The digital short featured Palmer, Strong, Ego Nwodim, Punkie Johnson, and musical guest SZA to remind us that it's "cuffing season." Each member of the supergroup rapped that they wanted a "big boy" to keep them warm through winter in the both funny and excellently produced music video.

Kenan and Kelly

The Nickelodeon show "Kenan and Kel" featured Palmer and Thompson. The pre-taped short shows Palmer playing Kenan's new sidekick. Devon Walker tries to make an impersonation of Kel until Kel Mitchell himself shows up running toward the famous character's beloved orange soda refrigerator.

Weekend Update

Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che return for the news. Jost addressed Kanye West's appearance on Alex Jone's internet show, where he said he liked Hitler.

"It didn't go great," Jost said.

He referenced West saying, "I like Hitler," then joked that "was the same password he used to get into Mar-a-Lago" when he visited former President Donald Trump.

Jost then raised a theory saying, "What I don't understand about this Kanye stuff is if Jews do control the media, then how are we still seeing a new interview with Kanye every day? Also, if Jews controlled the media, explain the 80-foot Christmas tree outside of NBC."

Michael Longfellow was one of the featured guests and joked about being a child of divorce and dealing with the holidays with parents who had split. He also reveals in an ironic twist that his dad is a divorce lawyer who met his current wife through one of the cases he tried.

Che joked about President Biden's measure that would avert railway workers to stop their strike but did say he would not include paid sick leave. Che joked, "How do you expect Biden to care about sick leave when he shows up to work every day with full-blown CTE."

Steve Martin and Martin Short will serve as co-hosts, and Brandi Carlile will be the musical guest on the next episode of "Saturday Night Live," which will air on Dec. 10 on NBC.