Don’t worry Stefon, we’ll tell her. (Psssst Katy, he’s definitely not the one that got away.)
While Katy Perry has appeared on Saturday Night Live before (she was the musical guest during an episode last September, in which she also appeared in a sketch poking fun at herself and her Sesame Street controversy), this will mark the pop star’s first go as a host. Perry will also be accompanied by her touring buddy Robyn, who will be on hand as musical guest for tonight’s brand-new episode. Watch the latest promo featuring Perry, Robyn, and Bill Hader’s Stefon below. (I would have guessed they’d save Stefon for next week’s year-end episode when Jimmy Fallon returns to SNL as host, but an early Stefon arrival is just as good as any early Christmas present.)
Still, the pressure is certainly on Perry, who tends to play up her overtly silly side when going for laughs (see: “Last Friday Night” video), to carry an entire episode by herself. (Especially considering last week’s host Steve Buscemi helped propel his episode to one of this season’s best.) But it seems like she’ll be getting some help. In her first SNL promo spot, Perry joked that her husband Russell Brand, who has hosted the show before, gave her some helpful tips. So, perhaps we can expect — or at least hope for — a cameo from him to help her out even more? But even if Brand doesn’t make an appearance, it seems Perry will be getting a little extra assistance from Matt Damon, who was spotted filming a bit (presumably a Digital Short) with her and Andy Samberg. (Speaking of Damon, the We Bought A Zoo star hasn’t hosted SNL in nearly 10 years. He needs to slip on a pilot uniform and walk briskly right back up to the stage of Studio 8H post-haste.)
How do you think Katy Perry will fare at the helm of Saturday Night Live tonight, PopWatchers? Do you have high hopes for the singer? Or are you disappointed that she’s hosting instead of performing? (I’m cautiously optimistic that the likable pop star will be a good host, but I do have high hopes for the episode itself. Especially considering the show has been on a roll… and there’s this fun to join in on.) Are you hoping that, in addition to Damon, Brand will stop by? Or is it all about Stefon? (For the record, it’s always about Stefon.) Share your thoughts in the comments section below throughout the night and then be sure to check back in Sunday morning for Clark Collis’ react to the episode.