Saturday Night Live returns tonight with another brand new episode. So who will SNL fans see take the stage in Studio 8H?
Last week, comedian Jerrod Carmichael became the latest first-time host to take over Saturday Night Live. Debut hosts have become the overarching trend in SNL season 47.
However, that changes tonight. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal returns to host Saturday Night Live tonight. He’ll be joined by musical guest Camila Cabello.
Gyllenhaal last hosted Saturday Night Live back in 2007. The episode came during season 32 when the cast featured Darrell Hammond, Amy Poehler, Will Forte, and of course, Kenan Thompson.
But fans may recall that they’ve seen Gyllenhaal on SNL since then. He made a cameo in 2020 during one of John Mulaney’s New York City musical sketches. The actor played “The Guy Who Travels in Pajamas” in “Airport Sushi.”
What to expect from Jake Gyllenhaal on Saturday Night Live
Tonight, Jake Gyllenhaal becomes only the third host this season to come into the episode with prior hosting experience. Paul Rudd and John Mulaney are the other two season 47 hosts who had a pretty good idea of what they were getting into on SNL.
Still, 15 years is a long time to be away from the show. But Gyllenhaal’s performance in “Airport Sushi” proved that he’s up for anything and more than willing to go big with the right material. He should have no problem getting comfortable on stage, especially when he’ll be surrounded by experienced cast members.
Don’t be surprised if Gyllenhaal’s monologue references 2007. Back then, he was on to promote his starring role in the movie Zodiac. Tonight, he’s plugging the Michael Bay-directed Ambulance. Kenan Thompson could join the actor on stage, considering he’s the only holdover from Gyllenhaal’s last turn as host.
Gyllenhaal also entered the pop culture discussion in 2021 when his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift re-released her song “All Too Well.” Swift performed the song, believed to be about Gyllenhaal, on the Nov. 13 episode earlier this season. It was among the longest performances in show history. It’s hard to imagine Gyllenhaal, and SNL, won’t want to make at least a passing reference to the song.
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