Nearly two years after making his “SNL” debut, the Chicago rapper returned as host and musical guest on the Halloween episode of “Saturday Night Live.” He once again pulled double duty, starring in some hilarious skits and hitting the stage for a couple performances.
Chance opened the show with a monologue dedicated to his hometown of Chicago and “second-best” things. Wearing a Chicago Teachers Union sweatshirt, he delivered a musical ode to the “Second City.”
“Sometimes the second best is better than the first,” said Chance before listing a series of runners-up that he prefers including Burger King, Pepsi, Luigi, DMC, and more.
He also revived his role as announcer Lazlo Holmes, who is forced to cover an e-sports tournament, and presided over First Impressions Court as Judge Barry, who doles out judgments based on first impressions. Plus, he participated in a couple Halloween-themed sketches including a ghost in a graveyard, who sings about how he died. He had a hard time controlling his laughter while starring alongside Kenan Thompson in a skit about a dance instructor who is a secret werewolf.
He also hit the stage to perform two songs off his debut album The Big Day including “Zanies and Fools,” which opened with his daughter Kensli singing the “Impossible” sample from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Joined by a tuxedo-clad drum and string section, he delivered the tribute to his wife, complete with dancers and choreographed moves.
For his second set, Chance performed “Handsome,” another album standout. After being introduced by Jason Momoa, Lil Chano rapped while the lyrics scrolled behind him on a ticker display. Megan Thee Stallion surprised the crowd by hitting the 30 Rock stage to spit her fiery verse. The Houston hottie with a model body later took to Instagram to reflect on her first “SNL” appearance.
“Omg I absolutely CANNOT believe I was on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE tonight,” she wrote. “I wanna cry 😢 thank you so much @chancetherapper for having me perform with you 💙 tonight was everything.”