SNL alum Tracy Morgan returned to 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Saturday night to host the show last night, his first time back on the show after being critically injured in a horrific car accident in 2014.
Morgan was a series regular from 1996-2003, and in that time, he created more than a few memorable characters — including Astronaut Jones, who made an appearance on last night’s show. This time, Astronaut Jones channeled Matt Damon’s character in The Martian, though Jones has always been a little more Rat Pack than rogue.
In the sketch, a NASA official (Cecily Strong) explains that a storm on the surface of Mars has caused one of their astronauts to go missing. She gets pulled aside by her NASA underlings (Taran Killam and Kate McKinnon) about a new transmission in from the Red Planet. No, it’s not Matt Damon learning how to grow plants on Mars or waxing poetic about his mad survival skills.
Instead: “It’s him,” a.k.a. everyone’s favorite crooning space traveler: Astronaut Jones.
We’re glad to see Morgan back on the screen, doing what he does best: super-scientific space travel comedy.