The beginning of April means that flowers are about to blossom and that “Saturday Night Live” will be announcing its newest roster. The long-running comedy show’s official Twitter account today shared the names of the forthcoming hosts and musical guests.
First up, the show will begin the month with Jerrod Carmichael as host on April 2. The stand-up comic and creator of “The Carmichael Show” will be hosting for the first time in Studio 8H. Today’s teaser for Carmichael’s most recent special, “Rothaniel,” was released. Bo Burnham will helm the HBO special, and judging by the little preview, it’s going to get intense. Just one night before his performance on “Saturday Night Live,” on April 1, the special will be released.
It’s a Lizzo takeover!
Although the actor has made at least one notable cameo since then, showing up to sing about TSA with John Mulaney in 2020, Jake Gyllenhaal will return to host the programme for the first time since hosting it in 2007. Actually, the actor’s history with former “Saturday Night Live” writer Mulaney is unquestionable evidence of his capacity for hilariousness. Gyllenhaal has given a few campy and amusing on-screen performances, such as Dr. Johnny Wilcox in “Okja,” but none of them come close to matching his role as the frenzied, slightly insane Mr. Music on “John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch.”
While it’ll be nice to watch Gyllenhaal hopefully give the “SNL” arena of anarchic comic action his all, the third host announcement is by far the most exciting on the list. On April 16, singer Lizzo will perform as a musical guest in addition to hosting for the first time. For the follow-up to her debut album “Cuz I Love You,” Lizzo confirmed last month that she was in the studio writing new music. As a result, the April date would be the ideal opportunity to test out a new song. Having musical guests try their hand at hosting is also always fun, especially when they have Lizzo’s charisma.
The rest of the month’s musical schedule is as impressive. During the Carmichael show, rapper Gunna will perform, and “Havana” singer Camila Cabello will perform during the Gyllenhaal-hosted episode. Since Lizzo’s pal and former “SNL” presenter Harry Styles also appears to be hinting to a new music release, I can’t help but wonder whether we’ll be getting a collaboration with or appearance from the pop sensation. The three April musicians are great enough on their own.
Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET, NBC broadcasts “Saturday Night Live.”