Regina King will host Saturday Night Live on February 13, 2021. This will be the actor, director, and producer’s debut on the comedy sketch show.
When announcing and celebrating her appearance on SNL, King alluded to the awesome 2021 she’s having and shouted out the musical guest for her night, Nate Rateliff. She tweeted, “From #OneNightinMiami to one night live from New York! Pinching myself. Let’s Go! @NRateliff@nbcsnl.”
King kicked off 2021 with the release of her feature film directorial debut One Night in Miami on Amazon Prime Video, and celebrated her 50th birthday on Jan. 15, 2021 by speaking with Tamron Hall about how this milestone birthday felt, whether she minds working on her birthday, and if she gets nervous when starting a new project, like One Night in Miami. And now, she’s joining the long list of celebrities who’ve hosted SNL over its more than four decades-long history.
“I do get nervous, I get nervous before every single project, whether I'm acting or directing,” King told Hall on the journalist’s eponymous talk show. “And I think that it's a good thing. I feel like I would be more concerned if I didn't get nervous, because when I'm nervous I know that it means something to me, that it is special and precious to me.”
One Night in Miami has been gaining Oscar buzz for its fictional account of the night Cassius Clay (Eli Goree), Malcolm X (Kinglsey Ben-Adir), Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), and Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) spent together after Clay, who would later change his name to Muhammad Ali, defeated Sonny Liston on Feb. 25, 1964 to become the heavyweight champion of the world. The four friends discuss their roles in the Civil Rights Movement and the cultural upheaval the 1960s ushered in. The film has been deemed “Certified Fresh” with critics giving it a 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
It’s been a minute since we’ve seen the Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe, and African-American Film Critics Association winner exercise her funny bone, so King’s debut on SNL on Saturday, Feb. 13, on NBC is definitely a must-watch.