Miles Teller was always destined for the Studio 8H stage, and he has the video evidence to prove it. The “Top Gun: Maverick” star kicked off Season 48 of “Saturday Night Live” with a monologue that included an obscure reference to his early film role in “Whiplish,” a shoutout to Tom Cruise and a winning joke about how ” Top Gun ” sequel was the rare film that managed to impress the military community and the LGBTQ+ community. But the standout moment in Teller’s monologue came when he showed a clip from a home video of him and his sister recreating the classic Spartan cheerleader “SNL” skit from when he was a kid.
The original sketch starred Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri as two teenagers desperate for a spot on their school’s cheerleading squad. In Teller and his sister’s version, an 8-year-old Teller played Oteri’s character (he “had the frame for it,” he explained), and his sister took on the Ferrell role. Together they re-enacted the “who’s the Spartan in my teepee” bit for their parents while their little sister watched from afar. (The “Spiderhead” star joked that his younger sister was playing Lorne Michaels as she looked around the corner from another room while wearing what appeared to be a child-sized suit.)
What made the moment even sweeter was that Teller’s mother provided him with the footage and she and his father were in the studio audience. “How crazy is that? My parents used to watch me do skits in my living room, and now they’re here watching me host ‘Saturday Night Live,'” he said.
In addition to his nostalgia-fueled monologue, Teller teamed up with his “Top Gun: Maverick” co-star Jon Hamm for the show’s self-referential cold open, hosting a game show starring Adam Levine and Armie Hammer, stepping into the role like a Charmin bear. Check out the gallery to see all of Teller’s sketches from his “SNL” debut.