Saturday Night Live: What to watch for with host Jonah Hill

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 18: Director/Writer Jonah Hill attends the Premiere of A24's "Mid90's" at the West Los Angeles Courthouse on October 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 18: Director/Writer Jonah Hill attends the Premiere of A24's "Mid90's" at the West Los Angeles Courthouse on October 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) /

Finally after taking a few weeks off Saturday Night Live returns with an all-new episode. Here are three things to watch for when Jonah Hill returns to host.

They say that absences makes the heart grow founder. If that is the case then Saturday Night Live fans should love the fact that the show is finally back with a new episode for Nov. 3. It’s only been two weeks but it certainly feels longer since we’ve seen a fresh show.

That could be because so much has happened in those two weeks. And when big stories hit politics or pop culture, so many of us look to Saturday Night Live for their comedic take on it all. That voice has been missing so there may be some catching up to do this Saturday night.

Jonah Hill will be joining the five-timers club as the host. He’s been promoting his directorial debut Mid90s which has been getting solid reviews. The musical guest is Maggie Rogers. The American singer has had some success with her song “Light On” and her album “Heard It in a Pas Life” drops in January.

So with that all said, here are the three things you should look for when you tune into Saturday Night Live on Nov. 3:

1. The return of Adam Grossman

Being a five time host means that Jonah Hill has plenty of experience on how everything works at Studio 8H. He should be comfortable now and have an idea of what he’s getting himself into.

It also means that he can fall back of some of the more popular sketches from his previous hosting gigs. Not too many hosts have their own recurring character. But Hill does with Adam Grossman, the six year old Benihana fanatic who is always quick with a joke:

Hill has done the character three different times and has nailed it each time. The actor was recently on Late Night with Seth Meyers and explained where the character came from.  As partly created by Bill Hader it may be difficult for Adam to show up in 2018. Also factor in Vanessa Bayer is no longer on the show, so young Grossman would need an all new family.

Adam Grossman would work well in 2018. Most of his jokes are intentionally old-fashioned so it’s not like it will come off dated. Plus it would be nice to hear what Adam has to say about the current political climate.

2. The Pete Davidson drama

Saturday Night Live doesn’t like to do too much self-referencing material. It breaks the suspension of belief that you’re watching different characters and different people in each skit. But this summer made it extremely difficult to do that.

It’s been a very long time since a cast member was in the public spotlight outside of the show like Pete Davidson has been. Dating and then proposing to a pop star like Ariana Grande will do that. It was to the point that Davidson had to address it during a Weekend Update segment.

Some fans were quick to say that SNL was leaning too heavily on Davidson’s sudden fame. He found himself in more sketches than previous years, which is odd considering he has admitted they are not his strong suit.

The question is will Davidson now address his break-up with Grande. If this recent promo is any indication, then we may get something:

For her part, Grande wasn’t too pleased with the joke if her Twitter account is any indication. We’ll see if that is enough to get Davidson to back off bringing up the subject on Saturday.

3. A political cameo

Saturday Night Live has never been shy about its political takes. Especially in the past few years the show has been overtly left-leaning in anything political it does. The sheer absurdity of the Trump administration has certainly helped.

But with the midterm elections coming just days after the episode will air on Nov. 3, there is a chance that SNL  calls in a candidate or two to make a guest appearance.

There will undoubtedly be some reference to the elections but what would make the most noise would be a cameo by an actual candidate. It has happened before, albeit with presidential elections. But this midterm election has more attention on it than any other in recent memory.

Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Beto O’Rourke of Texas are the two most likely to show up in a sketch only because they are the two biggest names outside of their respective states. It is very likely that both are much more concerned on staying local to help get out the votes but it is hard to resist the draw of Saturday Night Live.

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Those are the things to look for when Jonah Hill hosts for the fifth time. Enjoy the show and be sure to check back in with FanSided and Last Night On to get all the highlights of the episode!