February 27, 2023 | 6:36 p.m.
As Twitter went into a frenzy over his “Saturday Night Live” monologue, Woody Harrelson was having a perfectly enjoyable evening with friends including Scarlett Johansson.
The ‘True Detective’ star gave a goofy performance at the start of his fifth appearance as ‘SNL’ host, telling the story of a (presumably nonexistent) script that told the story of a network of drug cartels that coordinated their efforts to force citizens to stay home unless they took their wares.
While its slightly stumbling delivery made it difficult to discern the point, the story was widely received as a parable of COVID skepticism.
As internet commentators fumed, Harrelson – famous 9/11 truther who called 5G pandemic conspiracy theories “interesting” on social media – seemed to have put the case behind him by the time he arrived at the after party at L’Avenue at Saks.
A source tells us they didn’t hear anyone mention the monologue in the posh room.
“Party guests were mainly congratulating Woody and (musical guest of the evening) Jack White on joining the ‘Five Timers Club,'” the spy says, referring to the show’s name for guests who have hosted five times.
A source tells us that Harrelson, who was there with his wife Laura Louie and one of his daughters, was spotted chatting with “Weekend Update” host Colin Jost and his wife, Scarlett Johansson.
Harrelson and Johansson star together in the upcoming film, “Project Artemis.” We heard Harrelson wore a hat promoting the movie.
Former “Zombieland” co-star Emma Stone and Justin Theroux, who stars with Harreslon in HBO’s upcoming “White House Plumbers,” were also in attendance.
We’re told Harreslon had such a great time, he, Jost and Johansson shut down the party at 4am.
Meanwhile, musical guest White was seen “canoodling” with his wife Olivia Jean Markel and “seeming very much in love”, a spy says.
Musician Cat Power was also seen hanging out with the couple.
And at another table, “SNL” great Lorne Michaels was seen chatting with his pal, tennis star John McEnroe.
Actors Michael Che, Bowen Yang, Heidi Gardner, Sarah Sherman, Ego Nwodim, Marcello Hernandez, James Austin Johnson, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow and Devon Walker were also present.