Watch: Saoirse Ronan impersonated an Aer Lingus air hostess on Saturday Night Live
Irish actress Saoirse Ronan hosted what she called the "St Patrick's Day episode" of Saturday Night Live
The 23-year-old from Carlow hosted Saturday's show alongside musical guest U2 and there were plenty of jokes about her Irish-ness, in particular, the pronunciation of her name; even singing a song teaching Americans how to pronounce it (it didn't work).
"Yes I am very Irish and I have an extremely Irish name, some would say too Irish," she said in her opening monologue. It’s Saoirse, it means freedom but I’ve got a little problem – it’s spelled wrong, the full typo. S-A-O-I-R-S-E. You can see why people have a hard time. If it was a Wheel of Fortune puzzle, you couldn’t afford it. There’s too many vowels, God bless them, no one has been able to pronounce my name – not even close."
But it was a segue to a sketch in which she played Aer Lingus air hostess Colleen Doyle, wearing an iconic red bob wig, which showed her comedic chops as she kept it together while her castmates broke character a few times laughing. The skit was filled with plenty of clichés with trad music playing in the background and the whole premise was based on the fact that the captain had a lot of dogs aboard the flight and made not-so-subtle reference to a sexual term that rhymes with Aer Lingus.
"You know about the word it sounds like, not saying anymore about it. It's low hanging fruit, literally. And that is definitely the last we're saying about that," Saoirse says.
Kate McKinnon bursts in, saying: "Folks, we've got a dog on the runway - he's got sad eyes and the soul of Oscar Wilde, so we're going to have to wait. We're going to let the dog choose when he's ready to wait; it's his will, his story, not ours. Do you understand?"
After that, the three options on the menu were potatoes before the dogs run amok on the flight and Saoirse ends by saying, "Folks, as you can see, the captain's dogs has run out of the cockpit. Look, Maeve's got her fiddle out."
You can watch the sketch here: