Saturday Night Live’s format as a sketch comedy show where pretty much anything can happen is what has allowed it to continue for over forty years now, but the show just wouldn’t be the same without the plethora of great hosts that have appeared over the years. Some have certainly been better than others, but SNL is always worth the watch just to see how the headliner pulls off the live comedy. NBC has just announced a pair of newhosts who promise to bring plenty of laughs: Larry David and Melissa McCarthy.
Larry David’s will tackle hosting duties on the February 6 episode of Saturday Night Live. As the legendary mind behind Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm - in which he also starred – there can be no doubt that he’ll be great. In fact, it’s almost absurd that his February 6 appearance will be his first time hosting. David was a writer for SNL way back in its tenth season and he's been featured in sketches, so he should certainly know what he’s doing.
Melissa McCarthy will host the episode after Larry David, taking the main stage on February 13. She’s currently wrapping up her role on the recently-cancelled Mike & Molly and is set to star in big screen films The Boss and Ghostbusters later this year. If those qualifications aren’t enough to guarantee that she’ll fantastic, the fact that this will be her fourth time as host should seal the deal.
Comedy aside, the musical guests for Larry David’s and Melissa McCarthy’s episodes should be entertaining. British band The 1975 will make their SNL musical debut on the February 6 installment, and Kanye West will appear for the seventh time on the show on February 13. The 1975 and Kanye West have albums shortly to be released, so the material should be relatively fresh.
Of course, all of the guests appearing in these episodes will face some pretty high expectations. SNL has been on a relatively hot streak in recent months. Donald Trump as host was making headlines for the series before he even took to the stage, and the level of excitement surrounding the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler joint hosting gig paid off with a fabulous night of comedy. Musical guest Lorde was so exceptional that she was accused of lip-syncing her performance. Even newbie Adam Driver was able to spoof his Star Wars connection to hilarity.
We still have a couple of weeks to wait before we get to see these guests on Saturday Night Live, but we certainly have a lot to be excited for on the sketch comedy front in February. Be sure to tune in to SNL on February 6 and February 13 at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC to catch Larry David and Melissa McCarthy in action.