Newton native John Krasinski is part of a star-studded list of hosts and musical guests set to take the “Saturday Night Live” stage in the next few weeks, as the show returns with five consecutive new episodes.
Krasinski, who hosts on Jan. 30, will be followed by “Schitt’s Creek” phenomenon Dan Levy (Feb. 6) and Oscar-winning actress Regina King (Feb. 13), fresh off her feature film directing debut with “One Night in Miami.” Musical guests for the first three shows are Machine Gun Kelly, Phoebe Bridgers, and Nathaniel Rateliff.
Krasinski was booked to host SNL last March, but production was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Per a Friday afternoon tweet, he is quite excited to finally host the sketch comedy show.
“Aaaaaand cue the pinching myself,” he tweeted.
The “Quiet Place” director spent his time in lockdown last year on another project: “Some Good News,” a limited-run internet series devoted to uplifting stories and acts of kindness. Krasinski hosted the series from his desk, dressed in a suit coat with a handmade banner behind him. Episodes included an “Office” reunion with Krasinski’s former colleagues, a virtual prom, and appearances from several high-profile guests, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Dwayne Johnson, and George Clooney.
Krasinski grew up in a family of five in Newton. He attended Newton South High School before studying English at Brown University in Rhode Island.
Hosts for the Feb. 20 and 27 “SNL” episodes have not yet been announced.
Chris Rock, Bill Burr, Issa Rae, John Mulaney, Jason Bateman, Timothée Chalamet, Kristen Wiig, and Dave Chappelle have also hosted episodes during SNL’s 46th season, which debuted on Oct. 3.