Kieran Culkin of Saturday Night Live Discusses Succession In His Opening Monologue & First Appearance On Sketch Series With His Elder Brother
Kieran Culkin made his debut appearance as the presenter of Saturday Night Live tonight, reminiscing on his time as Roman Roy on HBO’s blockbuster series Succession over the previous three years.
“He’s one of the gentler characters on the show,” Culkin said, “but he’s still one of the top ten worst human beings on television.”
People occasionally tell Culkin, “That part really fits you,” which he admits isn’t meant as a praise. “It’s like approaching someone and asking, ‘You know what job would be a perfect match for you?'” He made a joke about Giuliani. “Ah, why?” says the narrator.
Aside from these interactions, Culkin has had a “huge year,” having had his second kid with wife Jazz Charton in August. “I have to admit, my wife has been really supportive and kind throughout this process, but I have a sneaking suspicion that she is scared for me.” “I’m just anxious,” the host stated, emphasising that she will be in the audience tonight. “I suppose she’s worried I’m going to make a mistake.” But I want to reassure you that everything will be OK… Even if I make a mistake and’shame the family,’ we’ll be OK.”
Culkin said that he does not believe that would happen tonight since it is not his first time on the SNL stage. His brother Macaulay hosted the renowned late-night comedy series “30 years ago, nearly to the day,” where he first appeared.
He remembered, “When I was 9 years old, I got to participate in three skits, two of which were non-problematic, and at the end, I got to be on stage for the goodnights.”
He then cut to a scene from the conclusion of that 1991 episode, in which the cast raises the older Culkin onto their shoulders but fails to do it for him. In reflection, he said, “I’m plainly envious.” “My brother’s up there, all triumphant with his arms raised, and I’m down there on the ground, like, ‘Me!'” ‘I want uppies,’ she says.
He then requested Kevin Nealon to lift him up, which the cast member did—and then he simply “started hamming it up” for the cameras, he remembered.
“There were two reasons why I wanted to display that tape. “One, in the hopes that someone from the cast would pick me up at the end of the night,” Culkin said, “and two, because I’ve been waiting 30 years to return to this stage and say, ‘We’ve got a terrific performance for you today!'”
Ed Sheeran, a musical guest, joins Culkin on tonight’s show. When footage becomes available, Deadline will update this article.