Saturday Night Live
Variety show
United States
Running time
93 minutes (with commercials)
Episode(s) featuring Adele
October 18, 2008
November 21, 2015

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 twice in her career.

2008 Edit

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]

2015 Edit

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."

Skits Edit

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.[4]

When Adele appeared on the show in 2015, the episode 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.[5]


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