She got the introductions out of the way quickly and winningly, mentioning that blockbuster summer hit while wondering where her cut of the profit was. She told the audience that after googling herself, she discovered that she was worth $2 million.
"Trying to convince them that Dana Carvey was just as amusing as Damon Wayans was a problem. I got stabbed twice, in a bunk bed".
Haddish went topical twice - perfunctory on Trump's hair, better on sexual harassment. It's a Tiff Tip.
"I just wanna know: Are any of those new songs about me?" She recalled Kevin Hart (her costar in the upcoming Night School) being impressed by her Instagram photos from Thailand, China, Japan, Florida, San Francisco and Los Angeles. "Especially ones that she's not allowed to push".
But it wasn't all about politics and disgraced men last night.
Additionally, as part of the Weekend Update, the "news anchors" covered sex allegations, focusing GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is accused of having sexual relations with several teenage girls while he was in his 30's.
But Haddish got Cardi's enthusiasm, ceaseless smile, and her adoration for Offset down pat - and her aesthetic was flawless, too, as she rocked an outfit that we could totally picture Cardi wearing. Most of the women who have hosted the show were actresses or musicians. In one skit, about a Mortal Combat-like video game, "Death Fight 12", Haddish plays Boo Boo Jeffries, a character whose special moves include shouting "Rihanna" and "Beyoncé" repeatedly at her enemies.
And then there were some later-in-the-show fillers with, as usual, more quirk than laughs.