Tonight, Winter is coming to SNL as “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington hosts a brand new Saturday Night Live!
Fans have been waiting nearly two full years for “Game of Thrones” to return to television. Tonight, the Thronees, or Gamers or Dragon Babies or whatever the “Game of Thrones” devotees call themselves, will get to somewhat satisfy their fix when Kit Harington aka “Game of Thrones” own Jon Snow, the Rightful King of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, the White Wolf, the Reborn, the King of Winter- the guy with more titles than Netflix, hosts Saturday Night Live for the first time this evening at 11:30pm et on NBC. Kit will be the 12th first-time host during SNL‘s current 44th season.
The good news for “GoT” fans is that the 8th and final season of “Game of Thrones” finally premieres Sunday, April 14th at 9pm on HBO. The bad news is that after waiting all that time for a new season, “GoT” lovers will only be getting 6 lousy episodes in which to wrap up all their fandom for the show affectionately known as “Tits & Dragons” which first came to life on HBO in 2011.
The annoying lack of fresh episodes from series creator George R.R. Martin who wrote the fantasy stories which “Game of Thrones” is based on in his literary series ” A Song of Ice and Fire,” could be one way that SNL turns “GoT” into a sketch comedy tonight. Honestly though, what has taken George R.R. Martin so long to come up with more source material? Maybe it’s too much time hat shopping. It will be interesting to see which Saturday Night Live cast member gets to don his trademark cap to play the “Game of Thrones” mastermind if they decide to satire him. It may be a case of where one of our favorites, cast member Aidy Bryant, gets to experiment with gender bending another role for herself.
It’s more than likely that Saturday Night Live will do some sort of parody “Game of Thrones” sketch this evening. In the first promo released for tonight’s show which we’ll discuss later, we see that the SNL costume department has already broken out the medieval wardrobe. It seems unlikely that they’ve gone to all that trouble just for a promo. A”GoT” farce could easily fit in a sketch or an original SNL – Digital Short tonight.
Also with someone hosting the show this week who actually has a British accent, SNL may take advantage of that to do a sketch involving the Royal Family’s in-castle drama with cast members Mikey Day and Alex Moffat bringing back their Prince Harry and Prince William impressions respectively. And if Saturday Night Live does do some sort of British sketch, hopefully it’s an excuse for Aidy Bryant who we mentioned earlier to break out her hysterical Elton John impression once again.
As we look at what’s going on in the news and pop culture this week that the SNL writers’ room could possibly turn into comedy gold, we usually look to one person, Trump. This week, it’s another political name that Saturday Night Live will most likely pounce on and that’s Biden. At the very least, there will be Weekend Update jokes about Joe Biden and the many women he’s made to feel uncomfortable with his awkward grandpa touching. Plus, the list of accusers seems to get longer with each mea culpa the former Veep offers including his video statement regarding this situation, which President Trump quickly mocked.
Be on the look-out because this could mean a cameo return of former SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis who was the series’ go-to guy for his loud, aggressive, over-the-top impression of Vice-President Joe Biden during the Obama years on Saturday Night Live. Jason lives in Brooklyn with his baby-mama Olivia Wilde who he’s been engaged to for 6 years, so an appearance on tonight’s new SNL isn’t out of the question.
This doesn’t mean that President Trump is off SNL‘s comedy radar completely tonight. The President still provided plenty of material for SNL this week. From the Congressional House Ways and Means Committee requesting 6 years worth of President Trump’s tax returns from the IRS to the President somehow using the word “oranges” when he meant to say “origins” and then continuing to stick with the word “oranges,” when he knew it was wrong; there’s so much for the Saturday Night Live writers to choose from. And since it is tax time, this could mean that we get an SNL – Digital Short in the form of a parody spot for H&R Block or Turbo Tax featuring the President scrambling to get his fictional taxes done in time for the April 15th deadline.
Also regarding Trump, there’s the New York Times report stating that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors who assisted him in the Russia investigation, are claiming that Attorney General William Barr didn’t accurately describe the Mueller Report’s findings to Congress and the country and that their conclusions are actually quite more damaging for the President than AG Barr let on in his pamphlet that he put together summing up Mueller’s report.
Then there’s President Trump threatening to close the entire Mexican border down and then backing off that idea after learning how much Americans love their guacamole. As an addendum to the Mexico story, Weekend Update may have something to say about a graphic that appeared on the Sunday edition of the Fox News morning show “Fox & Friends” which noted that President Trump would cut aid to “3 Mexican Countries.” If the glaring error in that headline hasn’t hit you yet, give it time. The guys and gals over at Fox News are probably still scratching their heads over this one.
Plus, SNL could try to work some comedy out of Boeing’s continuing problems, actors Felicity Huffman and Lori “Aunt Becky” Loughlin from “Full House” appearing in court to answer for the charges against them in them in the nationwide college admissions scandal, Mick Jagger showing signs of being a naturally aging human by postponing the Rolling Stones’ tour for a heart procedure, there’s the recently retired UFC fighter, Conor McGregor wanting to fight “Actress” Mark Wahlberg, Sherri Shepherd claiming that executive producer and co-host Barbara Walters made her cry every day for three years while she was at “The View,”and we wouldn’t be surprised to hear Colin Jost and Michael Che mention the pet pig in Northern California which wandered out of its pen and was slaughtered by a neighbor for meat, breaking the long-standing California law that states that it’s a crime to butcher a pig that isn’t yours. So that’s why Elmer Fudd only hunted Bugs Bunny and not Porky Pig. It’s all making sense now.
We can also expect the Weekend Update news team of Colin Jost and Michael Che to remind everyone that you can catch them live twice this weekend. First on Saturday on SNL, then Sunday at WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium. Jost and Che were originally slated to be the special correspondents at this year’s “Showcase of the Immortals,” the WWE’s premiere annual pro wrestling event, but after a run-in with WWE superstar Braun Strowman, the Monster Among Men, they found themselves going from correspondents to participants. Each year, WrestleMania hosts the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal featuring 30 of the WWE’s top stars. Well this year, Colin Jost and Michael Che will be running for their lives on Sunday evening as part of Andre the Giant Battle Royal as they try to dodge the Monster, Braun Strowman who’s holding a huge grudge. To see Jost and Che try their hand at professional wrestling, you can watch WrestleMania 35 on the WWE Network which is free to new subscribers.
In the promos for tonight’s all new SNL, host Kit Harington finds himself caught up in cast member Leslie Jones’ “Game of Thrones” fantasy. It’s all Fun and Games of Thrones with Kit Harington becoming Leslie’s very own Jon Snow action figure. That is until Kit finds himself forced into recreating Cersei’s walk of shame from “GoT.” In the next set of promos, Kit is joined by musical guest Sara Bareilles and cast member Beck Bennett who pulls off a “Game of Thrones” – “Saturday Night Live” first. But then, it’s not a competition.
Tonight, Kit Harington hosts Saturday Night Live for his first time with musical guest Sara Bareilles and it’s live across all American time zones, starting at 11:30pm et on NBC.
Next week, SNL continues with another live show starring host Emma Stone!