Jim Parsons Yucks It Up In New Saturday Night Live Promos
The reigning king of mainstreamed geekery is heading to Saturday Night Live this weekend, taking his first turn as host on the longstanding NBC sketch show. That’s right: The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons is mere days away from helming the good ship SNL as it returns from its winter hiatus. And now we’ve got the promotional video to prove it! [Bazinga joke!]
In what’s sure to be a big night for the show — what with Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers officially gone and staff writer Colin Jost stepping in to replace him — singer/songwriter Beck will also make his [lucky] seventh appearance on the show as musical guest. But he’s not in the promos so let’s just not even talk about him, OK?
The clip — which features Parsons alongside cast member Bobby Moynihan — immediately pokes fun at the actually surprising reality that Parsons has yet to ever host the show. Interesting because his CBS series is literally the most popular show currently on television — raking in enough viewers to garner it an impressive 8th season pick-up by the network — to say nothing of the fact that Parsons has won two Emmy Awards for his work as Sheldon Cooper.
But the duo poke fun at not only Big Bang’s over-the-top schtick, but also laugh tracks, ice dancing (off-ice, natch), and the perceived gullible nature of host Parsons. It seems a safe bet that there are to be many a virgin joke in our future — I mean, c’mon, this is Sheldon Cooper and nerd stuff being written by a bunch of twentysomething white male comedy nerds we’re talking about here.
Musical guest Beck, however, is far from a stranger to Studio 8H. In his past, he’s saddled up alongside hosts Kevin Spacey, Bill Paxton, Christina Ricci, Jennifer Garner, Tom Brady, and Dr. House himself, Hugh Laurie. But he hasn’t just appeared on the musical stage, Beck’s even gotten to have a bit of fun on the sketch side: once in a bit about medicinal marijuana (because of course), and another time in a parody of VH1’sBehind the Music (about popular 70s cartoon characters Fat Albert & the Junkyard Gang).
Jim Parsons: ‘It’s surprisingly easy’ to play Sheldon on ‘Big Bang Theory’
Sheldon Cooper, “The Big Bang Theory’s” socially awkward theoretical physicist, isn’t an easy personality to pin down — just ask his long-suffering (but recently kissed!) gal pal Amy Farrah Fowler. But for Jim Parsons, the man behind the character, Sheldon’s not so tough for him.
“It’s surprisingly easy,” Parsons, who stopped by TODAY Tuesday morning, said of playing the geeky character. “I think that the writing is really good, and I think that there’s undeniably part of myself that understands what it is to feel outsidery. Probably everybody does. I think that’s part of the reason the show’s so successful. But if you’re just willing to access that and tap into that, it’s not hard at all to feel like ‘no one understands me.’”
But Parsosn might not find his next job — hosting “Saturday Night Live” — quite so simple. While glancing at a wall filled with photos of past hosts — featuring the biggest names in music, movies and more — he admitted, “It’s rather intimidating.”
“It feels like I’m ruining the club that they created,” he explained. “You know what I mean? You grow up going, ‘That’s some Hollywood royalty that gets to host that.’ (But) apparently I was wrong, ’cause here I am.”
Humility aside, there’s one aspect of the gig that he’s not worried about at all — the live factor.
“I love live (television),” Parsons insisted, adding that his pre-recorded performances on “Big Bang” are practically live. “We tape it live, and while you do get a chance to go over your mistakes there, should you make one, we are doing it live. And I love theater. I’ve done theater all my life. So this is … not that it’s like theater. It’s different, but live is fun.”
“The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons will host “Saturday Night Live” when it returns following the Olympics — and the departure of Seth Meyers — on March 1.
Beck will be the musical guest for the episode.
The March 1 episode will mark Parsons’ hosting debut on the late-night institution. Beck, who’ll be promoting his upcoming album “Morning Phase,” has appeared on the show six times before.
Meyers, who served as anchor of the show’s news segment “Weekend Update,” is assuming hosting duties on NBC’s “Late Night.” He’s taking over for fellow “SNL” alum Jimmy Fallon, who’s taking over “The Tonight Show.”
“Saturday Night Live” head writer Colin Jost will sit down behind the “Weekend Update” desk as the segment’s co-anchor on the March 1 episode, joining Cecily Strong, who has been co-anchoring the show this season.