‘SNL’ Taps Edward Norton to Host, with Musical Guest Janelle Monae
Mileage definitely varied on ‘SNL‘ this past weekend with Bruce Willis‘ first hosting stint since 1989, though amid all the “Boy Dance Parties” and centaurs, we were in for one definite bright spot. Upcoming ‘Grand Budapest Hotel‘ star and former ‘Hulk‘ Edward Norton will host ‘SNL’ for the first time on October 26, with musical guest Janelle Monae.
Despite having never hosted the program officially, Norton has made prior ‘SNL’ appearances over the years, including a 1999 cameo as part of a VH1 parody sketch, and again in 2003 during then-host Salma Hayek‘s monologue. Like Bruce Willis, we’re not entirely sure what Norton has in mind to promote with his first-time ‘SNL’ hosting gig, but hey, he can’t prove any less of an oddball choice than this past weekend, right?
Upcoming weeks for ‘SNL’ season 39 will supposedly return Lady Gaga to the stage, while we’re still watching cast additions Brooks Wheelan, Mike O’Brien, John Milhiser, actress Noël Wells, and “Good Neighbor” performers Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett, all of whom stepped in to replace the departed Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis. Additionally, Cecily Strong is also expected to take over the “Weekend Update” desk from Seth Meyers after his 2014 ‘Late Night’ departure.
Well, what say you? Are you interested to see what Edward Norton brings to the ‘SNL’ stage on Saturday, October 26?