With tomorrow night bringing SNL alum Jason Sudeikis and musical guest Brandi Carlile to the stages of Studio 8H for NBC's Saturday Night Live, we've entered into that weird "limbo zone" where SNL-related stories can come from any and every direction. For example, we were pleasantly surprised to hear from the coach of AFC Richmond football (and the current apple of Apple's eye) Ted Lasso. Taking to Twitter, "Mr. Believe" expressed how excited he was for this weekend's SNL and I think it's pretty clear why he's so excited…
"Everyone's talkin' about this weekend's Saturday Night Live, and I gotta say, I don't think I've ever been this excited for a guest. Love me some Brandi Carlile," the coach wrote. We've been told that Lasso is aware of Sudeikis' work and is very much looking forward to seeing how he handles himself in front of a live audience
In the following clip, Sudeikis and Carlile are joined by SNL cast members Chloe Fineman and Alex Moffat for three mini-teasers. In the first, Sudeikis is hoping for an "Afterschool Special" moment where everyone learns a little something about themselves. Following that, we learn that "Shed Lasso" is a much funnier sketch idea than "Bread Lasso" (though we disagree). And then things wrap up with them… manifesting some positive affirmations?!
Here's a look back at Sudeikis at his old stomping grounds for a table read along with some screencaps from SNL's Instagram Stories of the cast:
And promo week kicked off for Sudeikis and Carlile on Tuesday with the official intro video (SNL is definitely not lacking in footage to use from his run and we need "What's Up With That?" to return in a serious way):
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.
With NBC's long-running sketch/variety series inching closer to the 50th season mark, 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 back at the official announcement of the series return from over the summer: