Jason Momoa Transforms Into Rapping Gladiator While Spoofing Roman Empire TikTok Trend on ‘SNL’: Watch


The Nov. 18 episode marked Momoa’s second time hosting the iconic sketch comedy show.

“Saturday Night Live” host Jason Momoa appears in “Rome Song” skit on November 18, 2023.

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Jason Momoa channeled his inner Roman on Saturday Night Live.

While returning to the iconic sketch comedy show for his second hosting gig, the Aquaman star appeared in a hilarious sketch spoofing a TikTok trend focused on how often men think about the Roman Empire.

The three-minute “Roman Song” skit opens with a man (Momoa) looking off in deep thought while his concerned partner (Ego Nwodim) sings about the dwindling status of their relationship.

“What’re thinking about, baby?” Nwodim’s character asks her man, who’s sitting in bed. “Me? I’m just thinking about… the Roman Empire, ancient Rome!” Momoa’s character replies as the clip shifts to him dressed as a fierce gladiator rapping about his love for the era.

“Five times a day it pops into my dome, which reminds me, they invented the dome/ It’s one of the reasons I think about Rome,” he continues as a group of soldiers dances behind him.

From there, Momoa’s sword-wielding gladiator drops bars about his admiration for Julius Caesar (“Straight didn’t give a f—/ Drank ice cold water from an aqueduct”) and Romulus (“Founded the Eternal City/ Here’s him and his twin sucking on a wolf’s t—y”).

Elsewhere in the sketch, SNL cast members Mikey Day and Kenan Thompson also fantasize about the City of Seven Hills while their significant others look on with disapproval.

Saturday’s episode also featured Billboard cover star Tate McRae making her SNL debut with performances of her hit song “Greedy” and new ballad “Grave.” The 20-year-old pop star will also make her Billboard Music Awards debut on Sunday (Nov. 19) with a performance of “Greedy,” which currently sits at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Watch the “Rome Song” SNL skit below. For those without cable, the broadcast streams on Peacock, which you can sign up for at the link here. Having a Peacock account also gives fans access to previous SNL episodes.

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