It looked like Will Forte never looked back when he first left Saturday Night Live more than a decade ago, but that changed with his upcoming host debut. NBC has announced that the MacGruber star will present the January 22 issue of the sketch comedy series with Moon Skin serving as the musical guest. This is also Moonlight’s first appearance on the show.
Longtime viewers of Saturday Night Live will remember that Forte spent many years as one of the show’s funniest artists. He joined the series in 2002 and spent about eight years there, eventually walking away in 2010. Forte’s MacGruber character is what he’s best known for in his SNL run, and it’s a role he’s revisiting on Peacock.
Forte is also known for creating and starring in the Fox comedy series The Last Man on Earth. It ended in 2018 after running on the network for four seasons. Recently he was seen in the Netflix series Sweet tooth with the movies Boekslim, Good boys, en The Laundry. Forte has also done voice work with notable roles in Move! as Shaggy Rogers and America: The Motion Picture as Abraham Lincoln.
Will Forte can also be seen in MacGruber on Peacock
In December, the new MacGruber series was released on NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock. This brings Forte back as the title character after previously appearing on Saturday Night Live and in his own MacGruber movie. The series also stars Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillipe, Sam Elliott, Laurence Fishburne and Billy Zane. The series of eight episodes was fairly well received by critics and fans of Forte.
“I think it’s really funny, but it’s not something any legitimate critic is going to praise,” Lorne Michaels, SNL creator and MacGruber manufacturer, say of the character, per the New York Times. “It pushes so far beyond what is acceptable. It embraces dumb in a way that most people are ashamed to admit they like. People like comedy that behaves better, but comedy is disruptive and can be annoying. It’s liberating. Maybe it’s adolescent boy stuff. It can not be justified, so someone has to speak for it. “
MacGruber author John Solomon added about Forte’s actions: “It’s the perfect outlet for him to get everything out. Will really cares about listening to people and making them feel comfortable and heard. There’s a lot of intense stuff going on in his brain, and MacGruber opens a valve. He likes to connect, and he feels comfortable with the positions that MacGruber has to take. “
If you have not watched the new one MacGruber series, you can find it streaming on Peacock. Meanwhile, Forte fans can also catch him making his Saturday Night Live host debut in the January 22 episode of the show. This should be an episode not to be missed, as Forte has always brought a certain charm to his SNL sketch. Let’s hope if this turns out to be the first of many times he returns to host.
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