J.K. Simmons to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ With Musical Guest D’Angelo
Saturday Night Live wants J.K. Simmons! It’s been confirmed that the actor will make his hosting debut on the January 31st episode.
Simmons has long been one of the best character actors working in the business, and after years of being known as Dr. Emil Skoda on Law & Order, J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, and the guy in the Farmers Insurance commercials (among COUNTLESS other roles it’d take ages to get into right now), Simmons is finally getting his due: not only did he earn an Academy Award nomination last Thursday for Best Supporting Actor in Whiplash, he’s also the odds-on-favorite to win.
So it’s no wonder SNL wants Simmons on the show, as it will provide an opportunity for Simmons to flex his rarely shown (well, these days, at least) comedic muscles. It also wouldn’t surprise me if his Whiplash costar Miles Teller managed to drop in for a cameo, since SNL tends to be pretty on-point when it comes to getting a movie star’s colleagues to stop by to wish them luck on their first hosting gig.
But even if Teller doesn’t end up being a part of the show, it still ought to be a pretty stacked episode, since Simmons will be hosting alongside musical guest D’Angelo and The Vanguard. The news was confirmed in a tweet directly from SNL:
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) January 20, 2015