Tonight, a dignified British dramatic actor tries his hand at some serious comedy when Idris Elba hosts a brand new Saturday Night Live!
Idris Elba who is not exactly known for making audiences chuckle, will be hosting SNL for the first time this evening. For those keeping score, like we do, Elba will be the 10th first-time host during the current SNL – Season 44. That’s 2/3’s of the hosts this year being newbies with a pretty high success rate. He’s also the first person to host Saturday Night Live this season who is also the currently reigning People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”!
Fans most likely were first introduced to Idris Elba on “The Wire“, the early 2000’s HBO crime-drama series, where he played Stringer Bell for the first 3 seasons. His character was an adviser and CFO to drug kingpin Avon Barksdale. Elba received more critical acclaim in the form of award recognition for his next major role as Detective John Luther, the genius homicide detective haunted by his passions, on the BBC series “Luther“. The show ran in separate limited series from from 2010 to 2019 and during that time, Idris Elba was nominated for 4 Primetime Emmy Awards and 4 Golden Globe nominations with 1 win. Elba also received a Golden Globe nom for playing Nelson Mandela in the biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” in 2013.
The comic book crowd mostly know Idris Elba as the mighty Thor’s Asgardian best friend Heimdall, in the “Thor” movies and in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” He’s not listed in the credits as of yet for the upcoming “Avengers: Endgame,” movie due out next month, which could be because he was killed the old-fashioned way by Thanos and not by his cosmic finger snap. Don’t worry. The fanboys and fangirls will know what we’re talking about. Idris Elba hosting tonight also continues an interesting connection between the Marvel Comic Book Movie Universe with this season of Saturday Night Live.
The relationship between Saturday Night Live and Marvel has really grown this season. Tonight, Idris Elba joins the ranks of the actors who have both portrayed Marvel Comics characters in the movies AND hosted SNL this season. A few weeks back, one of the “Avengers,” Don Cheadle better known to Marvel aficionados as War Machine, hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time. Two weeks before Cheadle hosted, James McAvoy AKA Professor X in the Marvel “X-Men” prequel franchise, made his SNL debut. Also joining the host roll call this season, Liev Schreiber who Marvel movie-goers will recognize as the mutant Sabretooth from the Hugh Jackman “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” superhero movie. And if you want to, throw in Jason Momoa better known as DC’s “Aquaman” who hosted Saturday Night Live in December and Star Wars‘ Adam Driver who hosted the SNL – Season 44 premiere and Saturday Night Live has basically become its own little Comic-Con this season.
So after all this drama and action, what brings Idris Elba to the country’s number one comedy/variety series, Saturday Night Live!? It’s his latest project which Elba will be promoting tonight on SNL, the new Netflix comedy series, “Turn Up Charlie” which premieres Friday, March 15th on the streamer. Idris Elba, who obviously was ready for a few laughs in his script choices, co-created the new British comedy with producer Gary Reich. Elba plays Charlie, a one-hit-wonder DJ who has now sunk to playing weddings instead of massive outdoor festivals. He reunites with his childhood best mate David who has become an A-list movie star. David just happens to be married to Sara, a “world-class DJ” herself and music producer and that’s when Charlie sees this as a chance to get back in the game when they offer him a job. However, the job is to be the nanny to their daughter Gabby, a pre-teen British brat of a terror. So, you can see how the comedy ensues when Charlie accepts the gig as Gabby’s “manny.”
With Idris Elba’s massive resume of work, there’s no shortage of his dramas and action films, for Saturday Night Live to parody tonight. That’s including Elba’s latest film role which he just accepted, where he goes from superhero to super-villain. It was reported this week that Idris Elba was in negotiations to replace Will Smith in the “Suicide Squad” sequel, as the nefarious DC Comics hit man, Deadshot. Rotten Tomatoes later confirmed that Elba has taken role. So, add another comic book movie to Idris Elba’s IMDB page.
The lead story this week that Idris Elba may be perfect for in an SNL sketch is the titanic R. Kelly morning show meltdown with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning,” where the singer grew increasingly agitated, eventually looking directly into the camera and screaming, before getting out of his chair in a further tirade. Kelly was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four victims and spent last weekend in Cook County Jail before being jailed again this week for failing to pay child support. Hopefully, this leads to a new recurring impression for SNL featured player Ego Nwodim as CBS’ Gayle King, who perhaps in future sketches will join cast member Leslie Jones’ impression of Oprah.
Even though it was R. Kelly stealing the salacious headlines this week, President Donald Trump may not be off the Saturday Night Live hook altogether. During the past week, his former lawyer, the prison-bound Michael Cohen continued to testify behind closed doors while his former campaign manager Paul Manafort was sentenced for his federal crimes and given what some have a called a slap-on-the-wrist sentence of just under 4 years minus time served. Plus there was also, Trump’s rambling, just over two hours long, flag-hugging, profanity-laced speech at CPAC. It was the kind of speech that usually falls somewhere on the list of traits that all demagogues have in common. His CPAC address was filled with 60 false claims in 2 hours and 2 minutes which shattered his old record for false claims in a single speech. If Alec Baldwin returns as Trump on tonight’s SNL, the cold open could feature the president having a sports-style celebration for breaking his own record.
There’s plenty of other news items that might be included in tonight’s all-new Saturday Night Live either in sketches, SNL – Digital Shorts or on Weekend Update, including the observation of International Women’s Day across the world, the movie premiere of the fanboys’ latest feminine role model, “Captain Marvel,” the revival of NBC’s hit 1990’s sitcom “Mad About You” starring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt for a limited run, the return of a new season of “American Idol“, and Walmart phasing out its first line of blue vest defense, its greeters. Also, if SNL wants to go dark, there’s the accusatory Michael Jackson documentary “Leaving Neverland” on HBO, that has the world talking and international radio stations pulling his music off the air.
And we’ll see if cast member Pete Davidson has learned his lesson and can keep latest love affair off the show or will his Madison Square Garden make-out with his current girlfriend and next mental health crisis Kate Beckinsale make it onto a segment of Weekend Update? You can check out how Twitter reacted to “Pete Davidson Tonguing Down Kate Beckinsale” here on the IBang.
It seems like Saturday Night Live has become more and more sensitive to when we lose someone who was part of its 44 season history. So on a sad note, expect to see a tribute this evening to Luke Perry who passed away this past week. Luke hosted Saturday Night Live back in 1993 as part of SNL – Season 18. His Saturday Night Live hosting appearance was at the height of popularity for his FOX TV teen drama, “Beverly Hills, 90210” during its 10 year run. His most memorable sketch that Saturday night back in ’93 was impersonating grown-up child star Ricky “now Rick” Schroeder with beloved cast member Phil Hartman playing Russell Clark, senior editor of Sassy Magazine in the sketch, “Sassy’s Sassiest Boys.” Now that’s….sassy!
The promos for tonight’s SNL are available for you to watch below. In the first promo released, host Idris Elba is taking a stroll through Manhattan (looking conveniently near 30 Rock) and enjoying a dirty water dog when he gets the call to host Saturday Night Live. He instantly transforms into wearing a 3-piece suit while making a very smooth, slow-motion walk into Studio 8-H where he has a champagne celebration with cast member Aidy Bryant, who really knows how to have a champagne celebration. In the next set, Elba and Aidy are joined by tonight’s musical guest Khalid and the three celebrate a late Valentine’s Day and Aidy decides how “dank” tonight’s SNL is going to be. On a side note, don’t you just love Aidy Bryant’s glasses? As a bonus, we’ve also included the Netflix promo for Idris Elba’s new comedy series, “Turn Up Charlie.”
Tonight, Idris Elba hosts an all-new episode of Saturday Night Live with musical guest Khalid. It all starts at 11:30pm et and it’s live across all time zones and only on NBC!