Is Daniel Craig funny? If you had asked me on Monday, I probably would have shrugged and changed the subject. I have a vague memory of Craig tossing off a few one-liners in Munich — that lighthearted romp — and the way his Bond responds when asked whether he’d like his martini shaken or stirred (“Do I look like I give a damn?”) induces a smile, if not a laugh. But generally, Craig isn’t much known for his sense of humor. He can smolder, he can fight, he can even bring some gravitas to an ill-fated adaptation of a beloved fantasy book — but it’s unclear whether he can tell a joke, or at least spend just one evening not taking himself very seriously.
Then again, the SNL promos Craig filmed with cast member Taran Killam earlier this week prove that the actor might have a silly side after all. I’d love to see him go beyond playing the straight man tonight, or even pull out a celebrity impersonation or two — Vladimir Putin, maybe? Craig might also be able to surprise us in a funny Bond sketch; the show has hit pay dirt in the past by making fun of how ridiculous 007 movies are.
What else should we look forward to tonight? Well, a debate cold open is all but inevitable — as is something about Big Bird, whether it be an entirely separate bit or an extended riff in the debate segment. Either way, the political stuff should be sharper than it was last Thursday, since the cast and writers got a bit of a breather between that show and this one.
Craig’s persona is stoic and understated — but tonight’s musical guest, fellow British import Muse, is generally anything but subtle. We can expect something big, theatrical, and light-show-heavy from these rockers, who made their last Studio 8H appearance in 2009 alongside host James Franco. If we’re lucky, the boys might even treat us to the best bassline of all time.
What are you hoping to see on tonight’s show? Are you looking forward to an even larger dose of Jay Pharaoh’s Obama, or has his impression not grown on you? Is new featured cast member Aidy Bryant going to play Adele in a Skyfall sketch, and will it make us all feel a little uncomfortable? Write your thoughts below, and check back in the morning for a full recap of the show.