“Schitt’s Creek” co-creator, Emmy award-winning Toronto actor, Dan Levy is set to host “Saturday Night Live” tonight, on the same weekend another Toronto superstar “The Weeknd” will be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show.
Making his SNL debut on Feb. 6, the multi-Emmy award-winning Canadian actor/writer/producer will be joined by musical guest, singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers.
He is a natural fit for sketch comedy and it is surprising it took this long for him to be asked to host SNL, as his Emmy award-winning fathe, Eugene Levy was a major contributor to iconic Canadian sketch comedy show SCTV. Oh, and Dan is naturally funny both on and off screen.
Last week’s season premiere of SNL was hosted by John Krasinski well-know for his roles in The Office and Jack Ryan.
The SNL cast has included at least seven Canadians: Ottawa-born Dan Aykroyd (1975-79) and Peter Aykroyd (1979-80), Brantford, Ont.’s Phil Hartman (1986-94), Quebec City’s Norm Macdonald (1993-98), Ottawa-born Mark McKinney (1995-97), Toronto’s Mike Myers (1989-95), and Hamilton, Ont. native Martin Short (1984-85).
Guest Canadian performers have included Will Arnett, and Dan’s father Eugene Levy along with a bevy of Canadian musicians including: Anne Murray, Arcade Fire, Avril Lavigne, Drake, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé, Chantal Kreviazuk, The Tragically Hip, The Weeknd (who played their 40th anniversary show), Neil Young and the list goes on.
Dan Levy joins an extremely long prestigious line of talented Canadians who have hosted SNL over the past four plus decades: Neve Campbell (Sudbury, Ont.); John Candy, Jim Carrey, Drake (Toronto); Michael J. Fox (Edmonton); Tom Green (Pembroke, Ont.); Wayne Gretzky, Phil Hartman (Brantford, Ont.); Margot Kidder (Yellowknife); Pam Anderson (Ladysmith, B.C.); Eric McCormack, Rick Moranis (Toronto); Norm Macdonald (Quebec City); Mike Myers (Toronto), Leslie Nielsen (Regina); Catherine O’Hara (Toronto); Ellen Page (Halifax); Jason Priestley, Ryan Reynolds, Seth Rogen (Vancouver); Paul Shaffer (Thunder Bay, Ont.); William Shatner (Montreal); Martin Short (Hamilton, Ont.); Dave Thomas (Toronto) and Nia Vardalos (Winnipeg).
Check out Dan Levy’s episode of Saturday Night Live this Saturday at 11.30 et/8.30 pt on Global and watch another brilliant talent in an extremely long line of Canadian legends rep his country on America’s most renowned and respected sketch comedy show.