The White Lotus was booked to host Aubrey Plaza’s gig on Saturday Night Live, but it offered an alternative resort experience at The Black Lotus with “all the decadence, all the intrigue, none of the silliness.”
In a broadcast of HBO’s upscale travel destination drama, Kenan Thompson and Ego Nwodim pit “a workforce that doesn’t have time for this nonsense” against familiar, overwrought hotel guests like Jennifer Coolidge’s Tanya, played by an indistinguishable Chloe Fineman aspiring local singer played by Heidi Gardner whose plan to replace in-house talent is foiled by Kenny at the Kirk Franklin Lounge.
Plaza stars as a provocative bartender who gives the young, betrayed Season 2 replacement for Albie some harsh but sensible advice, and speaks for the audience by asking, “What’s wrong with you? What did you think would happen?” She later attacks an angry guest after seeing them poke Thompson’s chest, and Kenan finally replies, “Welcome to Black Lotus, bitch!” Watch the clip below.
Plaza’s visit to Saturday Night Live was certainly boosted by her role in The White Lotus this year, but the hosting spot for the “iconic” actress was a long time coming. Her performance was preceded by an appearance on The Tonight Show where she shared her SNL audition horror story as well as an episode promo in which she revealed, “I’ve been waiting to do this show since I was 12 years old. Elsewhere on last night’s episode, Plaza and Amy Poehler reprized their characters from Parks and Recreation.
Though SNL’s White Lotus spoof promises even more iterations in “exotic locations” like Atlanta and Washington DC, the original award-winning series was renewed for Season 3 in November. Check out our Season 2 recap and theories about the entire season here.