Elton John Performs, Pokes Fun at 'Spider-Man' Musical on 'SNL'
Sir Elton John hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the first time April 2 and proved his acting chops are just as solid as his singing.
The singer joked about being gay, performing at the royal wedding and being a new father in a series of skits and performances featuring guests Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carmelo Anthony and Leon Russell.
In one particularly memorable segment titled "Knights of the Realm," John gathers at a round table with other U.K. celebrities knighted by the Queen. These include Sir Richard Branson, Sir Ian McKellen, "Sir" Bono, Sir Mix-a-lot and Ringo, all played by "SNL" regulars. Hanks also appears as Sir Michael Caine.
"I want to send a message to everyone in this room: when artists put their souls together, they can accomplish anything," Bono declares.
"Except that 'Spider-Man' musical," John deadpans, referring to the troubled Broadway production Bono composed. He then sings, "Can you smell a bomb tonight?"
He finishes with a campy promotion for the Broadway musical he composed, coincidentally also for Spider-Man director Julie Taymor: "The Lion King, still in theaters!"
Fortunately, John got to show off his musical skills as well, in a pair of performances alongside Leon Russell. Their joint album, "The Union," has sold 329,000 copies since its October release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
(Additional reporting by Jason Lipshutz, Billboard)