In case you hadn’t heard, the Oscar-nominated star of Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds and less celebrated turns in films like The Green Hornet, Water for Elephants, The Three Musketeers and Carnage is heading over to Studio 8H, as Christoph Waltz is slated to host an episode of Saturday Night Live on February 16th – with musical guest The Alabama Shakes. That’s a bingo!
Waltz is no stranger to comedy (albeit with a dark tone) – as evidenced by the aforementioned film roles – but live sketch comedy is a different animal. Sometimes even the best of actors can’t pull it together for the show, despite their best efforts. The most recent example was the lackluster Jeremy Renner-hosted episode, mostly due to the fact that the actor didn’t fit into any sketches all that well – even The Avengers sketch. The writers also wasted Jennifer Lawrence a couple of weeks ago, and didn’t use her to the full potential.
Personally, I’m hoping Andy Samberg decides to make another guest appearance, just so we can get some sort of SNL Digital Short featuring Waltz. Otherwise, I’m not sure if there are any trademark sketches that could use Waltz effectively. It would be funny to see Kenan Thompson do a “Scared Straight” sketch with Waltz being a creepy Austrian criminal – or maybe even use his film roles to craft a sketch poking fun at the Oscars or something like that. Or, since Waltz is Austrian as well as German, maybe there’s some kind of Arnold Schwarzenegger angle that can be worked in there.
An Inglourious Basterds parody could utilize Taran Killam’s great Brad Pitt impersonation, while I’m sure Jay Pharoah has a great Jamie Foxx impression waiting in the wings if Django Unchained ends up in SNL’s crosshairs. Maybe the flashy and talkative Quentin Tarantino will show up in a guest role for a faux behind-the-scenes featurette on the film. After all, Jerry Seinfeld showed up last weekend to help out Adam Levine, so anything can happen – especially since it’s awards season and Django Unchained is a contender for the Oscars.
Frankly, I can’t wait to see Christoph Waltz go for straight-up comedy, but we’ll toss the question out to you…
Christoph Waltz will host SNL on February 16, 2013. The show kicks off at its usual 11:35pm time slot.