Lin-Manual Miranda Saturday Night Live Monologue

Over the weekend we already took a closer look at all the best and worst sketches from the episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. We already highlighted the obvious but hilarious parody of Stranger Things, but we figured that starting off Monday morning by calling your attention to Miranda’s incredible Hamilton inspired opening monologue rap.

Lin-Manuel Miranda took the signature track “My Shot” from Hamilton and adapted it so that it was all about making a childhood dream of his come true by hosting Saturday Night Live. It’s fast-paced, well-written and just plain awesome.

Here’s the Lin-Manuel Miranda Saturday Night Live monologue from NBC:

If some of Miranda’s rhymes are just too fast for you to pick up, here’s the lyrics:

So I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
My name is Lin-Manuel, I am hosting SNL
And I am not throwing away my shot!

I’mma go for broke and do it all tonight
Take a swing, pass the baton, gimme the ball tonight
I got a Tony and an Emmy and a Grammy, yo
But what I really want’s a famous person cameo, damn yo!
I’mma do a bunch of sketches, sometimes I’ll play the lead
Give you what you need, got the cue cards for me to read
Yes, indeed, tonight you’ll see me at my naughtiest and bawdiest
And now I’m gonna walk into the audience

‘Cause I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
This is my one big chance, so bring on the dancers
‘Cause I’m not throwing away my shot!

It’s time to take a shot!
And yes, I’m right in my element
Who knew that Hamilton would be so topically relevant?
The way these grand-standing candidates be talkin’
They’re just a tweet away from facing off in Weehawken
They keep brawlin’, D and RNC, keep fallin’
I liked it better when it’s Kate McKinnon v. Baldwin
Yeah, and so we thicken the plot, stirrin’ the pot
Tonight I’m finally earning my spot
On this wall, in this hall, and I’m gettin’ a piece of it
Like Miley, Schumer, Tracy Morgan and this piece —

Well, he never gon’ be president now!
(Never gon’ be president now)
Never gon’ be president now!
(Never gon’ be — )

And I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Hey yo, election news cycles and time with Lorne Michaels
I am not throwing away my shot!

Yo, but seriously guys, since I was five I decided
To keep my eyes pried open wide waiting for Saturday Night Live
Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, insane, inhuman
The way Don Pardo would say “Laraine Newman”
Dana Carvey, Tina Fey, Vanessa Bayer, David Spade
I prayed and stayed up late hoping one day they’d say I made the grade
Breathe. Savor it, own it
I swear to God, if I’m hostin’, I’m makin’ the most of this moment!

And I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
And as long I remember to vote this November
I am not throwing away my shot!

And for a frame of reference, here’s the original song from Hamilton:

Don’t forget, a documentary about Hamilton is coming to PBS on October 21st at at 9pm ET.

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