Willem Dafoe Makes His ‘SNL’ Hosting Debut, Joined by Katy Perry, a Returning Musical Guest.
Willem Dafoe is scheduled to make his hosting debut just a week after his hilarious guest on ‘SNL’! Katy Perry appears as a musical guest for the fifth time on the show.
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Season 47 of Saturday Night Live is well underway, and showrunner Lorne Michaels hasn’t let anyone down with his selection of hosts and musical guests. On Saturday, January 29, Oscar contender Willem Dafoe, 66, makes his hosting debut at Studio 8H with returning musical guest Katy Perry, 37.
On Oct. 2, musical guest Kacey Musgraves, 33, launched the season with Owen Wilson, 52. In season 47, the Wedding Crashers star also made his hosting debut, blaming the extended delay on nerves. «When I have to speak in front of a group, I am really apprehensive.» «I’ve never done any of those graduating speeches or Saturday Night Live because I get too scared,» he confessed in a YouTube video to pal Kevin Nealon on a hike. During his opening monologue, Owen slayed it, with some aid from his brothers Andrew, 57, and Luke, 50.
Find out more about this week’s show in the sections below.
For The First Time, Willem Dafoe Hosts ‘SNL’
Willem Dafoe makes his first appearance on Saturday Night Live, fresh off the triumph of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Willem is best known to a millennial audience for his role as Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin, in the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man series in the 2000s. Willem resumed the iconic role against Tom Holland’s take on Spidey in December 2021, thanks to the MCU’s introduction of the metaverse, bringing a whole new generation to his version of the character.
Aside from his performance as Spider-Man, Dafoe is a well-known actor who has received countless accolades and nominations, including four Academy Award nominations. In 1986, the Appleton, Wisconsin native won his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his part in Oliver Stone’s Platoon, and again in 2000 for Shadow of the Vampire.
In 2017, he was nominated for The Florida Project, as well as for his role as Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate in 2018. Dafoe began his acting career as a theatre student at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where he landed his first role alongside Jeff Bridges in the 1979 film Heaven’s Gate.
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Willem made a funny surprise cameo in Will Forte’s opening monologue a week before his debut. According to the joke in the monologue, Willem and Will got their back-to-back dates mixed up. Lorne Michaels, the show’s creator, also appeared to explain things.
«Wait…but where is Willem Dafoe?» «You’re going to be the hostess next week!» Willem replied he was «quite sure» it was «this week,» and Will, 51, exclaimed. «You think I’d book someone named Will, then someone named Willem?» Lorne responded. and blamed his phone’s autocorrect for the blunder.
Katy Perry is tonight’s musical guest on ‘SNL.’
Katy Perry is appearing on SNL for the fourth time as a musical guest, although she has also hosted the show once, in December 2011 (albeit she did not perform).
This is her first public appearance since the birth of her 16-month-old daughter Daisy and the publication of her album Smile in 2020. The pop artist also started a residency performance called Play at the Resorts World Las Vegas in December 2021.
Katy made her series debut in September 2010 when she performed her iconic singles «Teenage Dream» and «California Gurls,» as well as appearing in a comedy. She made a comeback as a performer in 2013, with the songs «Roar» and «Walking on Air.» She was most recently on in 2017 with the tune «Swish Swish.»
For this week’s promos, Katy and Willem teamed up with cast member Chris Redd. Willem admits he’s getting «deja vu» in the studio at one point, wondering if he’s «done this before.» Willem adds that it «must have been a premonition» he had about the «greatest night of my entire life,» but Katy and Chris both say «no.» Chris suggests that he has a history with the «Fireworks» singer in a split second, while Willem mulls over their «history.»
When does ‘SNL’ air?
Saturday Night Live airs on local NBC affiliates at 11:35 p.m. PST/EST and 9:30 p.m. MT. The series is also available for live streaming on the Peacock app.
This Season’s ‘SNL’ Cast Members
Andrew Dismukes, Sarah Sherman, James Austin Johnson, Punkie Johnson, and Aristotle Athari are among the new cast members joining Saturday Night Live this season.
Michael Che and Colin Jost are still hosting «Weekend Update,» which they took over from Seth Meyers and Cecily Strong in 2014. Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Alex Moffatt, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd, Ego Nwodim, Melissa Villaseor, Bowen Yang, and Cecily are among the returning cast members.
Prior to Season 47, Beck Bennett and Lauren Holt confirmed their exits. Beck, 36, posted a touching letter on social media regarding his departure. On Sept. 27, he wrote, «Love you, SNL.» «I’m going to miss you so much.»
Thank you for eight years of amazing people and fantastic events that have truly transformed my life. He also penned, «I had so much fun,» along with a bevy of photo highlights, which you can view below.
Lauren also paid tribute to her one-year run with a nice message. «What an amazing year spent with amazing people. «I’ll be eternally grateful,» the comic began.
«Congratulations to all of the cast members, past, present, and future… I’m honored to be/have been a part of such a wonderful family. These three letters will bring me delight for the rest of my life… «I love you, SNL,» she added.