Rapper Drake will be doing double duty this Saturday as host and musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and the network released the promos for the upcoming show on Wednesday. Turns out? Drake’s got some serious fanboys in the cast of SNL, namely Bobby Moynihan and Jay Pharoah, who are all too keen to show the multi-hyphenate (never forget Wheelchair Jimmy) their sweet, sweet beats and cool, cool cats.
Literal cats, of course. Though no stranger to the SNL stage, the night will be a first for the rapper as a host. (Thankfully, they’ve got those cool cats on lock, to say nothing of fan boys Moynihan and Pharoah.) But any thought that this
Drake’s acting chops are still fresh as the day he stepped onto the scene on Degrassi, his sad puppydog eyes currying favor with all the other sadboys out there — including Moynihan, who’s all too eager to bask in the glow of Drake. Regardless of the fact that he's the saddest boy in all of Canada (someone give that kid a hug, seriously). Though perhaps no one was as verklempt as Pharoah, who had a bit of a revelation during the clip regarding the true nature of his feelings for Drake.
No doubt this one will be an episode worth watching, as there are more additions outside of Drake to anticipate on the 18th: new cast member Sasheer Zamata will be making her much-hyped debut on the series alongside the series’ alongside the two newly hired writers, two new writers, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones. It’s a huge turnaround for the comedy stalwart, which hasn’t had a black woman on the series since the departure of Maya Rudolph over seven years ago. Unfortunate due to circumstances and machinations behind their hiring — forcing a show’s hand to be more diverse is never fun — but it’s likely that the addition will be an exciting and positive one on the haha-front.
Sort of like this clip, “HBO Should Show Dongs,” which features Zamata and several ladies who know what we all want: a Rob Stark and Khal Drogo penis size competition. (Hey, it’s what we’re all thinking.)
Following that, January 25th will find Jonah Hill doing the heavy lifting for the third time. SNL airs Saturdays at 11:35PM on NBC.