‘Saturday Night Live’ preview: Eli Manning, Rihanna go for laughs

What should we expect?

We’ve already taken one look at “Saturday Night Live” this week with host Eli Manning, but in the new promo for the show pop superstar (and musical guest) Rihanna also makes an appearance.

Ultimately, we think that this could be a rare show where the musical guest shines in the sketches as much as the actual host. Manning comes across a bit stiff in the promo below with Andy Samberg, and we’re still not sure just how much fun he is really going to allow himself to have out there. (Granted, some of it could depend on the writing — but at least the staff has had weeks to think up some ideas.)

As for Rihanna, we would be absolutely gutted if there is no appearance of a Shy Ronnie digital short, mostly because these have been the funniest bits of the last two shows that the singer has appeared in. We know that her actual performances are likely going to come down to whether or not you appreciate her music, but her comedy bits tend to appeal to more of a wide audience.

The promo below really consists of just two jokes — one about the use of the phrase “go long,” and also one about what sort of ridiculous costumes Eli and Rihanna wear on a regular basis.

Tell us — do you think that Eli is going to do a pretty good job as host?

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