Ronda Rousey and Adam Driver Set to Host First ‘SNL’ Episodes of 2016

     January 5, 2016


Let it never be said that Saturday Night Live doesn’t know how to pick its hosts. Following a big year for both celebrities, Kylo Ren himself Adam Driver and MMA fighter Ronda Rousey have been confirmed as the hosts of the first two episodes of SNL in 2016, premiering on January 16th and 23rd respectively. As for their musical guests, Driver will be partnered with Chris Stapleton while Rousey will introduce Selena Gomez, who recently had an excellent little cameo in Adam McKay‘s breezy, boisterous The Big Short.


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The show ended 2015 with a better-than-average episode with returning alumn Amy Poehler and Tina Fey co-hosting, in support of their not-so-great comedy Sisters. That episode capped off a surprisingly strong year for SNL, which has fell into inconsistent territory as far as the sharpness of their material, not unlike The Simpsons. The Ryan Gosling episode was one of the best of recent years, and the long-running series has found a ripe group of talented comedians, including Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan, and Taran Killam.

Meanwhile, both Driver and Rousey kept pretty damn busy in 2015, and look to be similarly jammed in 2016. The MMA fighter is slated to take over the Patrick Swayze role in an upcoming remake of Roadhouse, which would almost have to be an upgrade from her roles in the execrable Entourage movie and The Expendables 3. Driver is expected to return for the newest season of HBO’s Girls, which he’s been an axiom of for the last four seasons, playing the crazed boyfriend of Lena Dunham‘s Hannah. More importantly, he will be appearing in three of the most anticipated movies of 2016: Martin Scorsese‘s long-awaited Silence, Jeff NicholsMidnight Special, and Paterson, the secretive new film from the great Jim Jarmusch. Beyond that, Driver will be working on a little film called Star Wars: Episode VIII, reprising his villainous role, and Rousey is still campaigning to be cast as Captain Marvel in the planned film adaptation. So, being able to cut loose with the comedians of SNL should prove to be a much-needed relaxing bit of fun before an intense year begins for both of them.


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