Saturday, October 15, 2011
Saturday Night Special
In an interview, former Saturday Night Live star Will Forte listed Jake as one of his favorite guests on the show:
Q: After working on SNL for 8 seasons, which guest hosts did you enjoy working with the most?
A: Through 8 seasons, there were a lot of guest hosts I had the honor of working with. I would have to say Will Ferrell, Jake Gyllenhall, Jack Black, Josh Brolin, and, of course, Alec Baldwin.
That seemed like a good reason for a look back. And it is Saturday.
The ads got us excited for the show. But nothing could have prepared us for the monologue. SNL musical director Katreese Barns talked about Jake's performance:
Do you have a favorite part of the process?
Saturday night, when the sketches come together, can be really magical. Like when Jake Gyllenhaal performed his version of the "Dreamgirls" song - that was a really rewarding moment for me. It was a Thursday night when he had the idea to sing the song, and they called me down to rehearse with him. On Friday, we brought in some backup singers, and he started gaining more confidence, and then by Saturday night he blew me away.
It wasn't all singing. There was dancing, too!
And we can't forget the Bronx Beat:
Or all those little extras:
The Washington Post named Jake one of the "Most Surprisingly Funny SNL Hosts." Clearly, they haven't paid attention to Jake's interviews.
Jake has also appeared two other times. In September, 2007, he had a cameo in a now classic Digital Short:
And in the spring of this year, Jake was a surprise guest on Weekend Update:
Wonder when we'll see him next at 30 Rock?