Adam Driver’s Musical SNL Monologue: The Force of Comedy is Strong with This One

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Written By Lori C.

Lori C. writes about movies, TV shows, and the latest updates from the world of entertainment. She studied Film and Television many years ago at university and uses her knowledge to dissect the newest releases. When not in front of a laptop, she wanders around various European cities with a backpack and a little dog.

Adam Driver took to the stage of Saturday Night Live once again with a flair for the unexpected, merging comedy with a dash of musical panache. His piano-playing monologue poked fun at modern social media culture and his Star Wars legacy, drawing a line through the bizarre, the relatable, and the culturally relevant.

Watch the full monologue and fantastic musical performance below: 

In his fourth Saturday Night Live stint, Adam Driver demonstrated a range not confined to dramatic roles. With impeccable comedic timing, the Hollywood leading man sat behind a piano and played to our funny bones, proving that his talents are as expansive as impressive.

Who Really Killed Han Solo?

Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Oscar Isaac, Brian Herring, Lupita Nyong'o, Dave Chapman, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
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In an age where social media clout can eclipse traditional stardom, Adam Driver’s piano serenade on SNL did more than entertain. By jesting about TikTok couples and the public’s inability to separate him from his role as Kylo Ren, Driver pointed out the absurdities of fame in the digital era:

I’d like people to stop coming up to me on the streets saying, ‘You killed Han Solo.’ I didn’t kill Han Solo; wokeness killed Han Solo.

Driver’s approach was a masterclass in self-deprecation and brand management. He’s aware that his image as a serious actor lies in stark contrast with the bizarre world of TikTok pranks and internet memes. Yet, he embraces this with humor and grace. 

His plea to Santa for an array of eccentric items is a nod to the materialistic nature of holiday wish lists, made even worse by people’s tendency to show off on social media. Driver’s performance is a playful prod at our consumerist tendencies, wrapped in a satirical bow. 

Hey Santa, it’s me, Adam Driver, from the Nice List. And also Girls. I turned 40 this year, Santa, so I’d like five pairs of Chinos. I also want one of those giant metal Tesla trucks. I think it would pair perfectly with my teeny tiny micropenis. 

He continued his performance by trying and failing to stare at the camera for an unspecified amount of time. Then he simply continued the hilariously unhinged Christmas ponderings: 

Hey, do you think the gingerbread man gets scared when he realizes the house is made of his own skin? […] OK, Santa, thank you for listening. I look forward to you breaking into my house. 

Adam Driver’s SNL appearance is a darkly brilliant reflection on fame, identity, and the “TikTok couples who do pranks on each other.” It’s a commentary on personality in the age of the internet and a reaffirmation of the power of humor to connect and disarm.