Adele Wiki
Saturday Night Live
Format Variety show
Country United States
Running time 93 minutes (with commercials)
Channel NBC
Episode(s) featuring Adele October 18, 2008
November 21, 2015
October 24, 2020

Saturday Night Live, often referred to as simply SNL, is a late-night television show that blends comedy with variety performances. It originated in the United States during 1975, originally titled NBC’s Saturday Night.

Adele has appeared on the show as a guest three times — twice as the musical guest and once as the host.


Adele appeared on the show for the fifth episode of the show’s thirty-fourth season, along with actor Josh Brolin. The show aired on October 18, 2008 and featured Adele performing her singles “Cold Shoulder“ and “Chasing Pavements,” both taken from her debut album, 19.[1] This particular episode of the show also had the largest audience for an episode of the show since March 12, 1994.[2] Sarah Palin (at the time a vice-presidential candidate) gave Saturday Night Live a ratings boost and strong exposure to Adele’s performance as musical guest that same night. The following day, 19 was suddenly topping the iTunes download chart.[3]


On November 21, 2015, Adele again appeared on Saturday Night Live to promote her third studio album, 25. She performed “Hello“ and “When We Were Young.”

The episode also included a skit revolving around a bickering family at Thanksgiving dinner whose arguments were resolved solely by Adele’s song “Hello.” The skit heavily referenced the music video for the song.[4]


Adele hosted SNL on October 24, 2020 with musical guest H.E.R., marking her first time hosting the show and her first live television appearance in nearly four years.[5]

During her opening monologue, Adele addressed confusion surrounding her decision to not perform, citing her unfinished fourth studio album and her fear of taking on both hosting and performing duties. However, she did sing snippets of “Someone Like You,” “When We Were Young,” “Hello” and “Rolling in the Deep” during a skit that parodied the reality series The Bachelor.

Adele appeared in six skits during the episode — “Madame Vivelda,” “Chad in a Haunted Mansion,” “The Bachelor,” “Africa Tourism,” “Visiting Grandma” and “Ass Angel Jeans.”


The version of “Madame Vivelda” uploaded to the SNL YouTube channel was from the dress rehearsal and not the live show. The only noticeable difference is that Adele has a different hairstyle in the dress rehearsal.

Other skits[]

The November 12, 2011 episode of SNL featured a skit starring host Emma Stone whose storyline relied heavily on the usage of Adele’s song “Someone Like You”; it showed various people weeping to the song as soon as it turned on, and backstage, it showed Coldplay (the musical guest) weeping to the song as well.[6]

Aidy Bryant has impersonated Adele numerous times on SNL. She portrayed her on the November 16, 2013 episode of SNL during “The Worst Cover Songs of All-Time” sketch and the May 3, 2014 episode during the “Family Feud” sketch.[7] Bryant also impersonated Adele during the “Hello” spoof that aired during the November 21, 2015 episode (during which Adele served as the musical guest).