Chance the Rapper pulls double duty this week as both the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
Saturday Night Live returns this week for a special episode featuring one man serving as both the host and musical guest. It requires a special set of skills to pull off such a feat but Chance the Rapper is more than capable of owning both stages in Studio 8H.
It may be becoming slightly more common for a musical act to also serve as host but that doesn’t mean it is any less special. Fans have seen it in the past with Taylor Swift and most recently with Halsey last season.
To state the obvious, it is the musical performances where the anticipation is the highest and the pay off is best in these instances. Anything above an adequate job in sketches can be considered an added bonus to captivating singing or impressive choreographing.
But this week, expectations should be high for the entire episode. Chance the Rapper returns to host for the second time in addition to performing songs from his album The Big Day. Chance may be a rapper by trade (and name) but he has what it takes to be the best host/musical guest in recent Saturday Night Live history.
Fans already know that Chance is comfortable in a sketch. During his last time as host, he was the star of a sketch that was one of the best from that season.
That episode also let Chance the Rapper show off his range. He can do rap parodies that take advantage of his skills with a microphone, like we saw with “Rap History” or “Jingle Barack” from when he was just the musical guest. But Chance was also just as much at home playing weird characters that could be played by a veteran cast member like in “Career Day.”
So we know that Chance the Rapper has the talents and has the experience to be a successful Saturday Night Live host. But what will really put him over the top is his own self-motivation.
Recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live! , Chance expressed an interest in developing his comedy career. He has tried stand-up in the past and has goals of making a full-blown comedy special. If you saw that interview or Chance’s appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden‘s “Carpool Karaoke” then you know the rapper has what it takes to succeed in comedy.
Having a successful turn hosting Saturday Night Live will go a long way in convincing everyone else that Chance is serious about comedy. He should put any doubt to rest this week and keep anyone from thinking his comedy career is just a vanity project.
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