Even Wonder Woman needs tips for hosting 'SNL'
As a first-time 'Saturday Night Live' host, Gal Gadot is sure to slay with these superhero tips.
Fresh off her record-breaking and inspiring turn as Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot is set to once again charm her way into our hearts as host of "Saturday Night Live" on Oct. 7.
The Israeli actress has already proven in comedies like "Keeping up with the Joneses" that she can wield humor just as well as a sword. Live television, however, is a completely different and often unpredictable challenge. So we've compiled a list of helpful suggestions for Gadot to reference as a first-time host of the long-running sketch comedy show...
Open with a song and dance number
If Gadot really wants to bring down the house with her first-ever opening monologue, she should look for inspiration from her "Wonder Woman" co-star and kick things off with a song and dance number. Last season, American actor Chris Pine performed a version of Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" in an effort to explain the differences between him and Chris Pratt, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth.
While Pine relied on backup dancers to finish out the number, we're pretty sure Gadot could show off some moves of her own. "I was very active. I did lots of different types of sports," the actress recalled of her childhood growing up in Israel. "And I think that when I started to dance, that was my biggest passion growing up. So I'd say my friends and my dancing were a huge part of my growing up."
Should dancing be out of the question, perhaps a bit of rap? Last October, "Hamilton" creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda performed a "SNL"-themed version of his celebrated "My Shot" that had Broadway fans talking for days after. Perhaps an encore starring the Amazon warrior princess is in order?
Don't be afraid to break character
The humor on "SNL" can be so good, so side-splitting, that sometimes it's tough for even the most seasoned actor or comedian to keep a straight face in front of the cameras. Examples include Jimmy Fallon losing it over Will Ferrell's "More Cowbell" scene, Bill Hader having difficulty keeping his "Stefon" impersonation from cracking into laughter, and Ryan Gosling losing it during an alien abduction sketch (advance to the 4-minute mark above for that moment).
"He always seemed to lose it after Kate described being tossed onto the roof of Long John Silver’s," one "SNL" writer told Vulture of the "Blade Runner 2049" star's big crackup. "He had the line, 'Man, you got screwed,' after that part, but it always seemed to take a while for him to get it out. But we loved it because he seemed to always be having fun up there."
If you've seen some of the bloopers from the set of "Wonder Woman," it's clear that Gadot has trouble keeping a straight face during funny moments. There's a reason her nickname was "Giggle Gadot."
Get mom involved
Honoring moms is a time-cherished tradition on "SNL" and we'd be absolutely tickled if Gadot decided to share the spotlight with her own. Irit Gadot, a school teacher, says her daughter's rise from law student to international superstar has not changed the woman she raised.
"She has a certain personal charm, a certain simplicity,'' she told Israel's Channel 10 TV. "What she is is what you see.''
Have fun with the digital shorts
Originally conceived by former "SNL" writer Adam McKay, the "Digital Shorts" series refers to a sketch that's filmed previously and generally includes effects and other production values not possible during a live broadcast. Past memorable digital shorts include "Lazy Sunday," "I'm on a Boat" and the hilarious "Natalie Raps" starring Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman.
“She loves filthy rap,” American comedian Andy Samberg recalled to Playboy of the "Jackie" star. “When she came to host SNL, she said, ‘I really want to do one of those raps.’ We were skeptical because we thought of her the same way everybody else did. She seems so sweet and innocent. And then she broke into some Lil’ Kim song and started rapping verses for us, the filthiest lines I’ve ever heard. We were completely taken aback.”
Bring your talk show A-game
From Kimmel to Fallon to Conan and Ellen, Gadot has mastered the talk show circuit; leaving a wake of laughs and adoration after every appearance. She should bring that same charming and playful attitude to "SNL," a variety series that for decades has prided itself on not taking itself seriously. As the actress recently told Interview Magazine, levity is a trait she deeply believes in.
"I love comedy. In real life I'm the type of girl who doesn't take herself too seriously," she said. "I'm very serious when it comes to work, but I like to make jokes and have a good laugh and make fun of myself."
Get advice from a five-timer
"The Five Timers Club," a group of nearly 20 people that includes such names as Justin Timberlake, Steve Martin and Tina Fey, references those celebrities who have hosted the show at least five times. American actor Alec Baldwin, as shown in the video above, currently leads the pack with a record 17 episodes hosted.
While Gadot could reach out to any one of these "SNL" pros, her best bet might be to tap her "Justice League" co-star Ben Affleck. In 2013, the "Batman v Superman" star became one of the newest members of The Five Timers Club. Surely, the new Batman could share a bit of advice with the new Wonder Woman?
MORE FROM THE GRAPEVINE: