Saturday Night Live has announced its first shows of the new year, revealing host and musical guest for episodes airing January and February. On Jan. 30, former Office star John Krasinski will host, with Machine Gun Kelly serving as the musical guest. Subsequently, Schitt's Creek star and co-creator Dan Levy will host with Phoebe Bridgers performing on Feb. 6. Finally, Academy Award-winning actress Regina King will host the Feb. 13 episode of SNL, with music from Nathaniel Rateliff.
Krasinski has since commented on the exciting news, tweeting out a photo of the announcement card and writing, "Aaaaaand cue the pinching myself." Levy also tweeted about being tapped as host, exclaiming "OMFG." The official Schitt's Creek Twitter page also posted about the news, writing, "This is not a drill." Machine Gun Kelly, who will likely be playing songs from his new pop-punk album, Tickets to My Downfall, called performing on SNL a "bucket list" item, and added, "See you next weekend!" Finally, Rateliff offered a simple but classy, "Live from New York...."
Hello, 2021. pic.twitter.com/zJqJhsCpMu— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) January 22, 2021
Krasinski's big SNL hosting gig comes just weeks after The Office left Netflix for Peacock, NBCUniversal's new streaming service. The beloved sitcom has become a staple of American television, even after being based on a British original, and has fans constantly coming back to relive the heart and hilarity it offered for nine amazing seasons. Recently, series co-stars Oscar Nunez and Andy Buckley — who played Oscar Martinez and David Wallace, respectively — sat down with Pop Culture.com to discuss the series, and what exactly they think has given it its longevity in the pantheon of TV comedies.
"It's crazy a little, you know?" Nunez said, then going on to note that he regularly encounters very young fans of the show who've only recently discovered it. "11-year-olds and 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds, they keep discovering the show, because it's that kind of show that's a stepping stone from when you're a little kid to going into high school." He added that these new young fans are typically introduced to The Office by older family members, such as parents or aunts and uncles, and they "become fans right away." He went on to reiterate that, to him, the whole phenomenon is "crazy." Buckley then quipped that his role on the show has given him"street cred" with his teenage sons' friends.