SNL: Benedict Cumberbatch Delivers Soulful and Hilarious Opening Monologue

Benedict Cumberbatch was this week's host of Saturday Night Live, the longrunning NBC comedy sketch show. As is tradition on the show, the Dr. Strange star delivered the show's opening monologue, which he used to acquaint viewers with who he "really" is.

Accompanied by SNL's female cast members, Cumberbatch soulfully sang about his many accomplishments, including his CBE (a British honor that's just a bit lower than a knighthood) and his legion of devoted fans.

At one point, Cumberbatch remarked that he's known for playing geniuses, including Sherlock Holmes, the evil genius Khan from Star Trek Into Darkness, and "gay computer genius" Alan Turing from The Imitation Game. He also mentioned the tons of fanfic written by his fans, some of which he referred to as "unsettling".

Leslie Jones hit on Cumberbatch throughout the entire monologue, at one point asking "Dr. Strange" to check her breasts for lumps. Kate McKinnon also appeared on stage in a bald cap playing Tilda Swinton's Ancient One.

Cumberbatch appeared on Saturday Night Live to promote his new movie Dr. Strange, which is well on its way to a strong opening weekend. Some of this week's other SNL sketches include Cumberbatch playing an exotic stripper and a game show titled "Why Is Benedict Cumberbatch Hot?"

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From Marvel comes DOCTOR STRANGE, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place – a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange – armed with newly acquired magical powers – is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey.

The cast features Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Into Darkness, The Imitation Game), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale), and Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel).


The film is directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Derrickson, Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), and C. Robert Cargill (Sinister).

Marvel's Doctor Strange is produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth, Stephen Broussard and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.