Matt Damon struck a heartfelt tone during his “Saturday Night Live” opening monologue, thanking his late father, Kent Damon, one year after he passed away.
“Growing up, my brother and I would go to my dad’s house every other weekend, and he told us if we could stay up until 1 a.m., we could watch ‘Saturday Night Live,'” Damon said. “So, week after week, I tried to stay up, and it wasn’t until I was 8 years old that I made it all the way to the end.”
Damon said that his father knew there nothing was more important than “to laugh with the people that you love.”
“My father passed away a year ago yesterday, and tonight, my big brother is in Boston right now watching with his two boys, and all my kids are here, including my youngest, who happens to be 8 years old,” Damon said. “My wife and I told her she can stay up all the way to 1 a.m., and she can watch ‘Saturday Night Live.’ And she said, ‘Who’s hosting?’ And I said, ‘Me. Your dad. Matt Damon.’ And she said, ‘Who’s the musical guest?'”
Damon squeezed some Boston-specific jokes into the monologue as well, even using his first words after walking out on stage to troll the New York City audience.
“I am so excited to be here for the ‘SNL’ Christmas show,” Damon said. “Nothing beats Christmas in New York City, except Christmas in Boston. Go Sox!”
Damon said that so much had happened to him in the 16 years since he had last hosted “SNL,” including getting married, having four kids, and traveling the world doing a job he loves.
“If you told me that all of this would have happened 16 years ago, well, I might have believed you,” Damon said. “But if you told me that Ben Affleck and I would be washing cars in Somerville, Massachusetts, well, I would have believed that too.”