For its second host in the month of January, “Saturday Night Live” is doing two things we find fantastic — not only are they bringing on board a host best known as a TV star, but also the very first Indian-American host in the history of the show.
Aziz Ansari (“Master of None,” “Parks and Recreation”) is set to host the upcoming January 21 edition of the late-night sketch show, whereas Big Sean is currently slated to perform. Back in 2016, Indiewire compiled a list of hosts via their ethnicity, and found that over 90% of them were white at the time of the article being published. Obviously, Ansari (who was born in South Carolina, and whose parents are from Tamil Nadu, India) is an extremely funny and talented guy, but we do feel that a milestone like this after 42 seasons of the show being on the air deserves to be recognized.
One of the things that may make this particular edition of the show so great is that we imagine that Aziz probably has relationships with many of these cast members already. He spends a significant amount of his time in New York, he knows the NBC family rather well, and he co-starred on “Parks and Recreation” with former cast member Amy Poehler. One other fun fact is that Noel Wells, who plays Rachel on “Master of None,” was a cast member for one season of the show.
This weekend, we’re going to see the show back with Felicity Jones of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” as the host, and with Sturgill Simpson serving as the musical guest. Basically, for these two shows you’re getting a chance to see both a wide array of musical styles and two hosts who are coming on with very different performing histories.
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