Lena Dunham is about to get her Studio 8H debut. The real-life embodiment of Girls’ Hannah Horvath, writer and creator Dunham will take her first trip to Saturday Night Live on March 8th of this year with musical guest The National. Time to get your best naked cake jokes ready, you guys.
In a press release from the network, the Tiny Furniture helmer’s time on the stage was announced, with, weirdly enough, more space given to musical guest The National’s accolades than Dunham’s. “Lena Dunham will make her SNL hosting debut on March 8. Dunham created and currently stars in the HBO series, Girls. The National will make their first appearance as musical guest. Their most recent album, Trouble Will Find Me, received a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album and their documentary, Mistaken For Strangers hits theaters last week of March.”
This is the second hosting announcement made by the network in recent weeks. Next week the show will return from its winter hiatus with The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons and musical guest Beck.
It’s been a decidedly notable time in the long-running sketch series’ history, with a so-called rebuilding year getting not only several new cast members, but also a race scandal that resulted in an additional three new hires in addition to the departure of Seth Meyers for the Late Night desk left open by fellow SNL alum Jimmy Fallon’s move to The Tonight Show.
Dunham herself tweeted about the news this morning:
As you’re likely to remember, Dunham’s HBO series has already been skewered by the show — and quite well at that. The women of SNL parodied the show during its debut episode of the season, effectively introducing the newest girls in the cast to the world. It was a clip that later went viral, even eliciting a response from Dunham herself (who loved it) on Twitter, “The SNL parody of Girls was a true honor,” she tweeted before adding, “Very excited about the current lineup of SNL ladies. They are funny like whoa.”
So can we perhaps expect a lot of lady-centric skits on Dunham’s episode? Seems likely. For those that need a refresher, check out the sketch below (and bask in the glory that is Shoshanna’s doughnut hair one more time):
Lena Dunham’s hosting stint on Saturday Night Live will air live on NBC March 8th at 11:30PM.