Norton said in his monologue Saturday that Lorne Michaels first asked him to host in 2000 — and that he’s been getting ready ever since. Then Baldwin arrived to put him through the paces. He had Norton do several impromptu celebrity impressions, including Woody (Harrelson, not Allen — though Norton did both).
And then Cyrus appeared, just three weeks after her own “SNL” hosting gig. Her advice for Norton: Keep sticking your tongue out.
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The show’s highlight was a Baldwin-narrated trailer for a Halloween film from Wes Anderson: “The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders.” Norton, star of Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” and the upcoming “Grand Budapest Hotel,” played Owen Wilson, who co-starred with a stop-motion mouse. The trailer featured all sorts of delightful Anderson-isms favorites: polite notes between murderers and would-be-victims, Gwyneth Paltrow smoking, and, of course, still shots of the contents of desks. Watch it here.
The episode also included an ad for “Autumn’s Eve,” pumpkin-scented feminine hygiene product:
Next, Norton played a cop who can’t convince kids never to get in a van just because someone’s offering candy:
The episode also found Norton playing a master of “punny” Halloween costumes whose comedy is lost on Steve Harvey: