Lost in the excitement about Justin Timberlake’s fifth SNL outing was this nugget of news: sitcom and big screen star Melissa McCarthy will host the sketch show on April 6. Though reports speculating about McCarthy’s return to Saturday Night Live circulated last week – and EW first caught wind of it in late February – her stint wasn’t officially confirmed until Saturday’s show. SNL also confirmed that French rock band Phoenix will serve as its next musical guest.
McCarthy earned rave reviews and impressive ratings when she hosted SNL for the first time in October 2011, just a few weeks after nabbing a Best Actress Emmy for her work on Mike & Molly. Her latest film, Identity Thief, is the biggest box-office hit of the young year, with more than $116 million in grosses; the star’s next movie, a buddy-cop comedy called The Heat costarring Sandra Bullock, is expected June 28. Phoenix, too, has something major to promote: its upcoming fifth studio album, Bankrupt!, which drops April 22.
Here’s a taste of what we can expect from McCarthy’s return:
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