Following a two-week hiatus, Saturday Night Live returns with Keke Palmer making her hosting debut after giving a stellar performance in the summer blockbuster Nope.

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After courting controversy with host Dave Chappelle, Palmer felt like a delightfully un-divisive choice and a breath of fresh air for the show.

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Already a showbiz veteran at 29, Palmer, an actress, singer, host, and genuinely funny individual, is a promising and inspired choice to host the show.

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Her monologue confirmed her charisma and star power as well as the rumors of her expecting her first child.

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In a night of absurdist comedy, from breakdancing fetuses to unionization against Drake, the “Hello Kitty” sketch stood out.

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Set in a Time Square flagship store for the world-famous children’s character and toy, the scene takes advantage of the onboarding of seasonal staff in anticipation of the holiday shopping season

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The sketch is fueled by Palmer and Bowen Yang’s logical response to Hello Kitty’s incongruous, corporate-sanctioned, origin story

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The duo plays off each other perfectly, their rage and indignation challenge Cecily Strong’s straight-woman role superbly.

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The sketch belongs to Palmer and Yang, who are fully invested in the scenario.

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