Christoph Waltz to Host ‘SNL’ – Are You Excited?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am,

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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. 

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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…

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Christoph Waltz will host SNL on February 16, 2013. The show kicks off at its usual 11:35pm time slot.

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  1. This guy is quickly becoming one of my favorites. He’ll be incredible on SNL, which I now I have a reason to watch I guess.

  2. Oh.. and please don’t ever again use Jeremey Renner as an example in any sort of reference towards Mr. Waltz. Thank you.

    • Waltz has a better chance because he is a tarantino actor which is essentially a comedian

    • I’m thinking the same thing, Mindbender!

  3. Sounds good. I’ve seen funny Christoph Waltz stuff in interviews before so I think this should be fine.

  4. he’s amazing! I’m looking forward to seeing him host! just hope the writers do a better job this time around..

  5. am i the only one who watched SNL regularly and doesnt complain about how its gone down hill. The show has been hit and miss since the day it started. About half the skits in the episode will be good and half will be bad. Yes it helps to have a good host to play off, but for the most part they’ve done a pretty good job of being consistent. Well, at least as consistent a show that has been on for 38 years can be.

    Christoph Waltz would be a great host. He has a talent for playing a character straight while at the same time being funny. He has a rich history of characters to play off of. I look forward to this one

    • Also, what happened to the episode recaps you’ve been doing, Ethan?

      i liked those

      • Me too :neutral:

      • Me three! I like the breakdown of the show’s highs and lows.

  6. What did you think of Jennifer Lawrence????

  7. I don’t know, great actors sometimes aren’t the best for this kinda thing. Jenifer Lawrence was great though, but Jeremy Renner……yeah not so much. Whatever I’ll watch either way

  8. I can’t wait to see him either.

    Hopefully Waltz will be awesome enough to make up for the inevitable disappointment that is Justin the Beaver.

  9. Excuse me, but when did Jeremy Renner get lumped into the ‘great actor’ category. Don’t get me wrong, he is a fine actor as his award nominations show, but it’s obvious that he doesn’t have the talent or charisma to carry a film or even be a big draw.

    Christoph Waltz is on a whole different level then Renner just as other hosts this season Jamie Foxx and, if we’re being particular to his craft, Martin Short who is a better comedian than Renner is serious actor. Both of them nailed it and I’m sure Waltz will too.

    • He’s a great actor, but I guess comedy is just not his thing.
      He is talented though. I think he should stick to serious films. He was great in The Hurt Locker and The Town.

      • In all honesty, if he isn’t type-cast as that “loose-cannon bad-boy” he portrayed in those movies that you mentioned… he pretty much falls flat. I absolutely HATED him as Hawk-eye. The last thing Hawk-eye would be is a brooding pip squeak.

    • I forgot about this clip, great find

    • I cannot believe the stuff he’s done on Kimmel, it’s hilarious… I know he’ll do well on SNL, the question is, will SNL provide him with good material to work off? Please don’t throw him into “Whats up With That”, SNL!

  10. Am I excited? We have a bingo!

  11. that new lonely island song last week was terrible

  12. I want to be excited but IMO this season has been a downer so far so I really don’t know what to expect.
    I just pray he doesn’t sing during his monologue. That’s a trend that I hope is on it’s way out.
    Normally I’m not one to complain about SNL. I’ve been watching since I was 13 and I will continue to watch until Lorne Michaels retires and the show ends but…
    Every so often a cleaning of house needs to happen to give the show some new life and I think we are at one of those times.

  13. I’m stoked. I haven’t watched SNL in years, but I’m tuning in for Christoph, who has quickly become one of my favorite actors and personalities. I’m sure the man will do the best he can with the material he’s given-he’s a joy to watch even in not-so-great films. I think it’d be amazing if Mike Meyers did a guest appearance and did the classic “Sprockets” sketch to take advantage of Christoph’s Teutonic roots. Any doubts I have are with the writers, not Christoph. Just check out the stuff his done with Jimmy Kimmel, e.g., “Der Humpink!” He’s a great actor, and a damn funny guy.