It’s the final countdown to Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s appearance as the host of Saturday Night Live. The man who has burst through the pop-culture stratosphere will host the long-running sketch comedy show October 8 at 11:30 PM ET.
The SNL standby line was full of fans hoping to snag a ticket to the once-in-a-lifetime event, and Miranda gave them a taste of the impromptu pre-show #Ham4Ham performances that entertained crowds at the Hamilton lottery last season.
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Here’s a look at Miranda and SNL cast member Aidy Bryant doing her best Hamilton freestyle along with musical guest Twenty One Pilots.
Miranda joined cast member Cecily Strong to film some promo segments. In one sketch from the reel, Miranda jokes that even he can’t get tickets to his hit show. In another, Strong takes on the persona of one of Miranda’s more... enthusiastic fans.
Miranda’s host gig marks an exciting milestone for the theatre community: He is arguably the first host in over a decade to have earned international fame solely based on his work in the theatre.
Season 41 included one theatre notable as a host in Adam Driver, who made his Broadway debut in 2010’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession. But the last time the show featured a theatre-grown mega-star (someone who did not earn initial fame in movies, television, the Billboard charts or pro sports) was Ian McKellen in 2002 during Season 27. Three-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters was a host in 1981.