Live every week like it’s Shark Week… or like Tracy Morgan is hosting Saturday Night Live.
Yes, the former SNL castmate and 30 Rock star makes his triumphant return to Studio 8H following one of the most difficult periods in the actor’s life. Morgan was involved in a traffic accident that left the comedian in critical condition in mid-2014. Since then, he’s been on the road to recovery, with public appearances only becoming more common practice earlier this year.
Since then, he’s spoken openly about his recovery and begun to return to his comedy career, including a surprise appearance at the 2015 Emmys, and his first stand-up routine earlier this week.
Now, Morgan returns to the SNL stage, having last hosted in 2009 and having been a cast member from 1996 through 2003. With all of that history on the show, and at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in general, there’s little doubt this homecoming will be one of celebration.
So what to expect from the celebratory evening? Probably nothing too physically strenuous (don’t expect pre-recorded sketches of Morgan racing around New York), but certainly at least the return of a favorite Morgan character or two. It would be more shocking to not see Brian Fellow bellow from his “Safari Planet” chair on Saturday night, but there may be room for an Uncle Jemima cameo or another blast from the past.
And perhaps as sure a thing as Brian Fellow may seem, it’s equally likely that Morgan won’t be the only SNL vet to appear during the episode. From Tina Fey to Jimmy Fallon to Horatio Sanz (he does get a namedrop in Morgan’s SNL promos, after all), there are plenty of previous names who would be obvious bets to appear during the episode. It’s likely more a matter of who’s in town rather than who would want to pop in for the show.
After the show’s politically focused batch of sketches with Amy Schumer last week — and surely plenty of topical humor planned for Donald Trump’s hosting stint — the sketches for the night will likely be more evergreen or nostalgia-driven than anything looking to make a statement.
Yet even with all of those potential returning faces, there will be at least one newcomer to the show, as Demi Lovato makes her first official appearance as musical guest. With her new album dropping Oct. 16, singles like “Cool for the Summer” or the title track “Confident” seem like safe bets for her performances. But perhaps if she’s cameo-inclined as well, Fall Out Boy might stop by to perform their new rendition of “Irresistible” featuring Lovato?
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