Julia Louis-Dreyfus has starred in a trio of long-running comedies — Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep, which returns to HBO on April 24 — so it’s only fitting that she’ll host SNL for a third time.
Of course, JLD’s history with Lorne Michaels goes back much further than May 13, 2006, when she introduced musical guest Paul Simon. She became the youngest cast member in the show’s history (21 years old) when she joined in 1982, and stuck around until 1985. Louis-Dreyfus never had a true breakout character (“I wasn’t aware of the politicking one had to do, and I think there were a lot of drugs going on at the time,” she later said), but her time on SNL coincided with Larry David’s, who would later cast her as Elaine Benes in this show about nothing. And the rest is extremely profitable history.
Also hosting SNL next month: Russell Crowe, who’s out there promoting Shane Black’s The Nice Guys, which can’t get here soon enough. Comedy isn’t Crowe’s specialty, except for Les Misérables, which he was hilarious in.
That’s the hardest I’ve laughed at anything this decade. Crowe will be joined on April 9 by Margo Price, and JLD a week later with Nick Jonas.