What do you get when you add Jason Segel + the Muppets + Florence + the Machine? Hopefully, a pretty great new episode of Saturday Night Live. While a Muppets cameo isn’t a surefire thing, it would be surprising if they didn’t stop by to help out their buddy Segel for his first time hosting SNL. (They’ve been popping up just about everywhere else these days in anticipation for their upcoming return to the big screen. Plus, just because Eddie Murphy didn’t make an alumni appearance this season, doesn’t mean the Muppets won’t!)
Still, Muppets or no Muppets, this might just be the SNL I’ve looked forward to the most this season. As a huge fan of Segel, I personally can’t wait to see him try his hand at sketch comedy. He’s always funny and charming in movies (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man) and on television (How I Met Your Mother, Freaks and Geeks), but how will he fare in this arena? (That is, of course, dependent on how much SNL actually uses him tonight.) I personally am not too worried about whether he’ll give it his all, as much like last week’s winning host Emma Stone, Segel has a certain appreciation and passion for comedy that comes through in everything he does. (Just watch his hilarious visit to The Late Show with David Letterman from earlier this week, it’s obvious to see how excited he was just to be in Letterman’s presence. Not to mention we already know he has a great rapport with top-notch cast member Bill Hader, from their work together on FSM.)
Just in case Segel wasn’t enough to get you amped for the Thanksgiving episode of SNL, the unstoppable, utterly amazing Florence + the Machine are stopping by for their second appearance as musical guests. (Honestly, PopWatchers, it feels like they tailor made this episode for me, which I know isn’t the case, but still!) With the new album Ceremonials out, it’s a safe bet Flo and co. will perform material from that record. (Sorry, “Dog Days Are Over” fans, they already did that one last time.) I’m personally hoping for the sweeping “Shake It Out”, but let’s face it, whichever songs they go with will sound fantastic live.
Okay, PopWatchers, are you as excited about tonight’s Saturday Night Live as I am? Can you believe this marks Jason Segel’s first time as a host? How do you think he’ll do? Or are you simply tuning in to hear the sweet sounds of Florence + the Machine? While the show is going on, be sure to post your thoughts on the episode here and then come back to EW.com on Sunday morning for a full recap.