Next month, weeks before we all get to see him as Lando, Donald Glover will be live from New York.
Glover, in the spotlight this year thanks to both his acclaimed FX series Atlanta and his ucpoming co-starring turn in Solo: A Star Wars Story, will host Saturday Night Live for the first time on May 5. He’ll also join a small club of hosts who serve as their own musical guests, performing songs as his soon-to-be-retired musical alter ego Childish Gambino. The show made the announcement during the April 14 show, hosted by comedian John Mulaney with musical guest Jack White.
Before Glover grew into the writer/director/actor/producer/icon that he is now, crossing genres as he pleases, his breakout work was in comedy, and much of it was done in the same building where Saturday Night Live is produced. His breakthrough job was as a writer on former SNL head writer Tina Fey’s comedy 30 Rock, which was itself set behind the scenes at a sketch comedy TV show. Then came Community, and the success of Childish Gambino, and Atlanta, and now Solo and the upcoming remake of The Lion King. So Glover will return to 30 Rockefeller Center with a considerably higher profile, a wealth of experience, and a shot at one of the most prestigious gigs in show business.
So, what can we expect? Well, this likely won’t be an episode of the show where the host sits back and lets the writers generate material for him on their own, so expect Glover’s fingerprints to be all over this thing. There will also almost inevitably be some kind of Star Wars sketch, both because the hosting gig comes three weeks before the Solo premiere and because SNL loves to make fun of Star Wars. So, if we’re lucky, we may see yet another taste of Glover’s Lando before the next Star Wars story hits theaters.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters May 25. Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. EST on NBC. Glover’s episode will be the next new installment of the season.
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