Anyone who’s been paying attention up until this point can easily tell you how talented Donald Glover is when it comes to entertaining. The former comedy writer has spent the last decade working his way up the ranks to become one of the hottest names in both acting and commercial music, largely thanks to his creative alias Childish Gambino. So it only makes sense that he return to his NBC roots next month, as the network has announced that he’ll be both the host, and musical guest for “Saturday Night Live” on May 5.
Glover had once auditioned for an acting role on the popular sketch comedy show, as Consequence of Sound points out, but has never actually appeared on its famous stage. He would eventually go on to write for its equally popular “30 Rock,” and continued his own career with the short-lived “Community” before focusing solely on music for a few years. He’ll be joining the likes of fellow pop artists including Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga just to name a few, who have appeared on “SNL” as both the host and musical guest.
Following a year off to work on upcoming film and television projects, Glover made a big return to the headlines in 2018 with the season 2 arrival of his hit “Atlanta” series on FX, and will appear in the “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” as a young and dashing Lando Calrissian when it arrives in theatres on May 25. He’s also set to release at least one more album under the Childish Gambino moniker at some point in the near future, and may even use the opportunity on “SNL” to present some new music.
Glover will also hit the road for his first headlining arena tour later this year with Rae Sremmurd and Tyler, The Creator. Tickets to select shows on the fall tour are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.
Seeing that the upcoming episode of “Saturday Night Live” will take place on Cinco de Mayo, Glover may want to brush up on his Spanish in case the show’s writers decide to bring back his well known cultural mashup of hip-hop en Español (see below).