"Hosting SNL is a chance for Adele to make like some other pop titans of our era and keep her celebrity status intact without rushing the risky, taxing project of trying to match her past musical success," says Spencer Kornhaber. "After all, in the social-media era, an entertainer’s personality can be their product. Luckily for everyone, Adele’s personality is a delight. Although her music consists of solemn storytelling about the perils of romance, her affect in interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and even royal ceremonies over the years has been loose and jokey. The phrase loves to laugh is a cliché, but it really does seem to define Adele as a human being. So there was something viscerally lovely about seeing her pop up in sketches like the one in which a group of friends—in the year 2019—visited a fortune teller. The predictions they received were puzzling ones about dreary social isolation and Zoom mishaps. As Kate McKinnon’s hammy psychic looked Adele’s character in the eye and spoke of a future inexplicably filled with adult coloring books, Adele appeared to be biting her tongue so as to not crack up."