While this week's episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live is set to be hosted by Kim Kardashian West (with musical guest Halsey), we're checking in this time with October 16th host Rami Malek (with musical guest Young Thug). And that's because he has some insight to add into how his No Time to Die co-star Daniel Craig became a social media icon. In the 2020 SNL episode, Craig's intro for The Weeknd would go on to become the weekend anthem for all of social media: "Ladies and gentlemen, the Weeknd," with body language that screams more about a much-needed two-break than an awesome musical performance. Nearly two years later, Craig finally learned about his online popularity, thanks to an interview last month where Craig was shown the mountain of GIFs and memes that were created out of that moment. Well, as surprised as Craig and others may be about its lasting popularity, Malek knew the moment it happened that some kind of history was made.
Joining No Time to Die co-stars Craig, Lea Seydoux & Lashana Lynch as well as director Cary Fukunaga for an interview with EW, Malek revealed that he was in the audience that night. "You don't know about this. It's gone viral, his announcement of the Weeknd on that show, and it's done so flawlessly that people pick it up because it's unusual in the best way. It's so unique. I was there that night in the audience watching it. I thought to myself at that moment, I looked over to my partner, and I said, 'I think that's the best introduction of a band I've ever heard on SNL' and apparently…," Malek explained before Craig cut in with, "You were right."
Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, and Bowen Yang, along with returning feature players Andrew Dismukes & Punkie Johnson, and new feature players Aristotle Athari (Future Man, All Rise), James Austin Johnson (Silicon Valley) & Sarah Sherman (The Eric Andre Show) make up this season's cast. After this weekend, SNL will have two new episodes before we're assuming a break/repeat episode (sorry, but only a Trump/Biden election gets six episodes in a row). Next up, we have Rami Malek on October 16 with musical guest Young Thug; then SNL alum Jason Sudeikis with Brandi Carlile on October 23. When it comes to the hosting responsibilities, SNL will be kicking off its season with four first-time hosts.
With NBC's long-running sketch/variety series ready to return next month for its new season, it does so as the winner of the 2021 Emmy Award for Variety Sketch Series- its fifth straight win in that category (with the series very close to the triple-digits tally when it comes to the number of Emmys won). With a look back at SNL's past and an eye on the half-century mark closer than you think, here's a look at the official announcement of the series return: