Hey, SNL: Billy Eichner is ready to host and already has the perfect monologue
If given the chance, Billy Eichner would love to host Saturday Night Live. While at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week to promote his upcoming film Bros and receive the convention's Comedy Star of the Year award, the comedian and actor told EW it would be "a dream" to take on the gig.
"I certainly don't assume anything or expect anything, but I would love to do that," he said, pointing out that he was an extra on the show once, playing John Goodman's son in a sketch (see the evidence below).
When EW asked if he would hypothetically recruit Goodman to join him for a revival of the moment, he said, "That would be amazing. There you go. You just wrote the opening monologue. Thank you. So, that would be a dream."
Bonus: Michaels and the other SNL producers will soon have the perfect opportunity to make such a dream come true: Eichner's film, Bros, which he cowrote and stars in, comes out Sept. 30.
Directed by Nicholas Stoller and produced by Judd Apatow, Bros focuses on two gay men — played by Eichner and Luke Macfarlane — who, according to the movie's description, are "maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling towards love. Maybe. They're both very busy." It is the first major studio film with an entirely LGBTQ main cast.
"I've spent the past five years thinking about Bros nonstop and writing it and developing it, and then COVID shut us down," Eichner said. "Then we got back up again. And I'm so proud of it."
He doesn't want to say too much more, because he wants audiences to experience it for themselves, but Eichner did call the film "the thing creatively and professionally I'm most proud of that I've ever done."
Some people have seen it, thanks to test screenings. And the response, says Eichner, has been really touching. "I'm relieved that people are laughing so much, and then I'm also kind of blown away by how moved people are."
He continued, "I think it's because you realize, while you're watching it, that you've never seen anything quite like this, even though it has a lot of the classic rom-com elements we all love. You've never seen one about a couple like this, and you can feel it in the theater. It's just something special I didn't even anticipate, and I just can't wait for more people to have that experience."
Here's hoping audiences have that experience this fall — and that maybe, just maybe Eichner gets his SNL experience, too.
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