After a somewhat uneven, lackluster run last year, the new season of “Saturday Night Live” is shaping up to be pretty sweet. They have a number of excellent picks for hosts (including former cast member Amy Poehler, “Glee” star Jane Lynch and new perpetual favorite Jon Hamm) and some top-shelf musical talent. At the top of that heap? Kanye West, who will make his fourth appearance on the late night comedy program. West has become one of the show’s great go-to guys in the modern era, as he is always able to deliver excellent performances (if there’s one thing that guy can do, it’s perform on television).
West’s first visit to “Saturday Night Live” was in 2005, when he was the musical guest on the season premiere (hosted by Steve Carell). Having just released Late Registration, West powered through the punchy “Gold Digger” and the spacier “Heard ‘Em Say” (the latter of which also featured a guest spot by Maroon 5’s Adam Levine). It was a lively debut for West, who looked comfortable and natural on the “SNL” stage.
He was invited back for another season premiere, this time in 2007 opposite basketball phenom LeBron James as host. Having just dropped Graduation and having gained a boatload of confidence, West came armed with an array of smashes, including “Stronger,” “Good Life,” “Champion” and “Everything I Am.” West also appeared in a sketch called “Great Moments in Guidance Counseling,” where cast member Kenan Thompson suggested to West (playing himself) that he go to college, drop out and then write a bunch of songs about it.
We last heard from West on “SNL” in 2008, following the release of 808s & Heartbreak. With “House” star Hugh Laurie hosting, West unleashed his weirdest, wildest performances yet. He unleashed “Love Lockdown” and “Heartless,” both of which provided fans with a look at how well West’s stage presence has evolved. When he takes the stage on October 2 (with “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston as host), it will no doubt be as engaging as he always is (especially if he brings back “Runaway,” which totally blew the roof off of the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards last week).
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