Jason Momoa’s surprise appearance on SNL was everything

Jason Momoa has been dedicating himself to the serious work of supporting protesters at Mauna Kea and addressing the UN to issue warnings about the threats that climate change poses to island nations. Jason still has time to have some fun, though. He popped up in a surprise cameo on the October 26 episode of Saturday Night Live, and the audience went bonkers.

Chance the Rapper, who was the episode’s host and musical guest, played Judge Barry, presiding over the First Impressions Court. He would issue verdicts within 10 seconds of looking at either the plaintiff or the defendant. The last case involved an elderly woman, Gladys Feldeman (Kate McKinnon, who entered “the courtroom” to applause and cheers), who was suing her former live-in nurse for theft. Enter Mamoa, “Apollo Benz,” wearing a leopard-print button-down shirt (which he would later open), and tossing his hair. Here’s the clip queued up to that part.

Jason has posted twice on Instagram about it, with a ton of photos and videos (many of him displaying those chandelier earrings).

(I love the photo in the second post of him posing behind Kenan Thompson.) “Now listen, your hombre” Jason also introduced Chance the Rapper’s second performance, Handsome, you can see that here. This was a perfectly executed cameo, and it was obvious that Jason was having a lot of fun with it, even if he was a bit nervous. He’s been invited back, too! (He hosted last December.) Perhaps Apollo will make another appearance! He and Gladys have reconciled; he’s returned her money, and they’ve relocated to an island where they protest climate change in their spare time.

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  1. MangoAngelesque says:

    I just love him. He’s so unapologetically puppyesque excitable, and I can’t help but adore him for it.

  2. Anna says:

    Quite possibly one of the most perfect male specimens on the planet. Jason, thank you for existing.

  3. BasicBitch says:

    Just made my Monday

  4. CommentingBunny says:

    Saw a pic of him and Lisa Bonet on Twitter with the comment: imagine Lenny Kravitz is your less fine husband.

    I’d reverse the order, personally, but the point stands.

  5. Abby says:

    Hilarious. The pic with Kenan made me laugh out loud. Thanks for making my Monday.

  6. Basi says:

    This is probably the best show of the season. It’s so good. Very impressed with chance.

  7. Mar says:

    His personality rocks

  8. egot says:

    I didnt know I had a thing for Momoa, but……I had the best dream about him the other night!!!!!

  9. Nev says:


  10. Joy says:

    Picture it. Your granny is elderly. She needs a live in nurse. That nurse is Jason Momoa.

  11. Milkweed says:

    I was watching our recording of SNL yesterday with my two elementary school-aged girls, and when Jason made his appearance, I screamed out involuntarily, “Oh!” They were like, “What?” I said, “That guy is really, really hot.”

  12. jenner says:

    Every skit was bonkers from this weekend, with everyone breaking character and laughing. Chance the rapper was phenomenal, in every skit plus he performed. I never watch it live because I’m asleep, but it’s fun to watch the skits later. Good fun.

    • lucy2 says:

      It was a really odd but fun episode. Chance is GREAT. He has a fun energy and is a great match for the show. I hope he gets to host again soon.

  13. Digital Unicorn says:

    Yeah Apollo and Gladys need to be a regular double act – am surprised McKinnon could keep a straight face as neither Momoa or Chance could.

  14. Senator Fan says:

    This man gives good face, eh, and the rest of him isn’t too bad either.

  15. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    My god. I’m five feet tall. He is one mountain I’d love to climb. Seriously people. Just let him stand there while i rope and carabiner my way to the peak.

  16. khaveman says:

    I love Apollo and Gladys! I think there is more material there hahaha….. I love how he flubbed a line but recovered beautifully. 🙂

  17. Leslie says:

    Omg. He slipped and said “certified paraplegic” instead of paralegal. I’m a paraplegic and I’m totally going to start using that. I love him.