Selena Gomez hosts Saturday Night Live for the first time this week, and in the promotional clips, she amusingly engages with cast members Aidy Bryant and Bowen Yang and musical guest Post Malone.
In the first clip, Bryant attempts to categorize them as two pop stars and two comedians, but the balance sheet is corrected: Gomez reminds us that she acts too, and Yang claims that he prefers drama. (Somehow we knew that, Bowen – nice job on the Sketch “Chuck E. Cheese” last week, by the way.) Aidy Bryant puts them all in their place, like that’s her thing — note how even in a comedy burp like this, she manages to steal even the moments when she’s not speaking.
Gomez rose to fame through Disney productions, which might give the series some (often fruitful – I remember “Disney’s Real Housewives” For years). More recently and visibly, she had a starring role in Hulu’s Only murders in the building, acquit oneself well facing certified comedy legends (and friends of SNL) Martin Short and Steve Martin. Does this portend an appearance from either Martin? It would be nice to see them again; it’s been a while, and their extras are rarely missing.
Gomez also has her own online cooking show, which could serve as material — a little curious that the show doesn’t tap into the incredibly dense field of YouTube and Instagram food influencers more. (I’m biased on the subject here, like Dan Aykroyd’s Julia Child and Phil Hartman’s anal-retentive boss occupy part of the major points of affection my brain has reserved for show.)
Musical guest Post Malone is… also beyond categorization, at least presentation-wise, and this will also be his first appearance on SNL. He connects his next album Twelve karat toothachewhich apparently includes appearances from Kid Laroi, Doja Cat (who – sidenote – is the epitome of pop fun, and how is that possible SNL hasn’t had it yet?) and Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes. He’ll almost certainly perform the clever and infectious debut single, “Cooped Up,” which features Roddy Ricch.
As to whether the show will chop the roof off a Suburban or puke in a Birkin, anyone’s guess. SNL has faltered enormously in quality this season, with last week’s Benedict Cumberbatch episode being one of the best in terms of sketches and music. It’s a tough act to follow (and worth watching if you haven’t seen it yet).