UPDATE: Click over to read Hillary’s full Saturday Night Live with Jennifer Lawrence recap.
Could Jennifer Lawrence be the second coming of Jon Hamm?
Let me explain. Before Hamm hosted SNL for the first time, his comedy chops were largely untested. Sure, he seemed funny in interviews — but the man behind Don Draper was much better known as a Serious Actor than a serious goofball. But as soon as Hamm took the stage at Studio 8H, everything changed — he fronted one of the best SNL episodes of the season, inspiring Tina Fey to give him a memorable arc on 30 Rock, Kristen Wiig to give him an even more memorable role in Bridesmaids, and Saturday Night Live itself to invite him back as a frequent guest.
Jennifer Lawrence may find herself in a similar position after tonight’s episode, provided it’s as funny and charming as Lawrence herself. Like Hamm, Lawrence is best known for playing serious characters like The Hunger Games‘s Katniss Everdeen or determined Ozarks teen Ree Dolly in Winter’s Bone, for which she earned her first Oscar nomination. But now, thanks to her more comedic turn in Silver Linings Playbook and her interviews and talk show appearances, Lawrence has proven herself to be sharp, witty, and eminently quotable.
Being a quote machine doesn’t necessarily make someone a talented sketch comedian; Cher Horowitz would probably make a subpar SNL host, if she existed. But considering Lawrence’s sense of humor, her confidence, and her lack of vanity — she told Access Hollywood that in the episode, she’ll be “acting like an idiot. A lot” — it’ll be shocking if tonight’s SNL isn’t a slam dunk.
Lawrence will be joined by The Lumineers, a trio from Colorado who lent their breakout single “Ho Hey” to The Silver Linings Playbook‘s trailer. (Synergy!) If Bradley Cooper doesn’t show up to do an impromptu ballroom dance with Lawrence while the band’s playing, there is no justice.
What are you hoping to see in Saturday Night Live‘s first episode of 2013? How high are your expectations for Jennifer Lawrence — this high, or thiiiiiiiis high? Are there any impressions you’d like to see her break out? (Quvenzhané Wallis! No, I’m just kidding, that would be horrific.) And according to your predictions, how many sketches will be about how hot J. Law is? Discuss in the comments below, and check back tomorrow morning for my full recap of the show.