Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig made a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live” during Kate McKinnon’s hosting debut in the Christmas episode. McKinnon, who left the show in 2022 after a decade-long stint, expressed her joy at running into old friends like Rudolph and Wiig during her monologue.
Wiig humorously claimed, “We were just walking by,” as they joined McKinnon on stage. The trio closed the monologue by linking arms and singing a heartfelt rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
Later in the episode, Wiig and Rudolph continued spreading Christmas cheer in a sketch that parodied a retro paid TV advertisement for a fictional Christmas album by the Swedish pop supergroup ABBA. Rudolph portrayed ABBA-member Björn Ulvaeus, Wiig portrayed Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Bowen Yang played Benny Andersson, and McKinnon played Agnetha Fältskog.
The spoof included classic ABBA songs with a Christmas twist, humorously imitating the group’s iconic singing style, especially their trademark of “standing close facing different directions,” as seen in the style of “Mamma Mia.”
Additionally, Rudolph and Wiig featured in another sketch—a music video where they, along with McKinnon and other cast members, sang a folksy song titled “Tampon Farm” about harvesting the feminine care product.
The episode concluded with the announcement of “SNL” returning on January 20, 2024, with Jacob Elordi as the host and Reneé Rapp as the musical guest.