Melissa McCarthy’s a great Saturday Night Live host – so great that she’s been nominated for an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy each of the three times she’s helmed the show, with the last time being almost exactly two years ago in February 2014.
It’ll be hard for even the most proven host to compete for attention with the night’s musical guest: Kanye West.
West debuted his latest album, The Life of Pablo, Thursday via a live stream of a listening session at Madison Square Garden, w he mentioned that Young Thug would be joining him for Saturday’s performance of “Highlights.” He’s known for bringing on high-profile special guests for assistance, and last brought on Sia and Vic Mensa when he performed on SNL’s 40th anniversary special in February 2015.
Whatever West does end up doing on the show will likely be noteworthy given his past appearances, like in 2010 when he turned the stage completely white and brought in a troupe of ballerinas for “Runaway.” As evidence of the rapper’s stature, host Ben Affleck humbly – and, to be honest, truthfully – introduced West as “The man you came to see” before he performed “Black Skinhead” in 2013.
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All this isn’t to discount McCarthy’s probable stellar performance.
The actress is one of the best comic performers out t, something she’s demonstrated in everything ranging from starring roles in big-budget comedies like 2015’s Spy to SNL bits like the beloved “Taste Test” sketch.