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Bobby Moynihan’s Dream ‘SNL’ Sketch for Drake

Plus: Will Bill Hader return to play Jonah Hill’s father?

Bobby Moynihan, Drake, Jonah HillBobby Moynihan, Drake, Jonah Hill

Bobby Moynihan, Drake, Jonah Hill.

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The 39th season of Saturday Night Live has seen its ups and downs since premiering on September 28th, with Kerry Washington stunning America with her lively shennanigans and Josh Hutcherson boring audiences with his genial, smirk-free presence. But 2014 looks promising and fans have high hopes with two big January hosts already booked: Drake this weekend and Jonah Hill on the 25th. “I’m actually really excited for Drake,” says Bobby Moynihan, a SNL cast member since 2008. “I think he’ll be like Bruno Mars – one of those guys who you’re really excited for.” Come the end of the month, Bobby and the gang will reunite with Hill, a newly minted Oscar nominee making his third appearance on the program. “He’ll be a good time. Jonah’s a funny dude and I’m excited for him to come back.”

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When it comes to the writers room, Moynihan says SNL staffers are percolating with ideas for both guests. “I have an idea for a character that I’ll do with Drake – someone I’ve done before that I feel he’s really good for,” he says. “It’s this older woman, Janet, that’s very sexually aggressive and self-deprecating. And she always goes after hunks, so Drake is good for that.” Moynihan, playing the character, has chased Channing Tatum (in 2012) and Adam Levine (last year). “They’re just mystified by her, even though she’s an awful person.”

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For Hill’s return, Moynihan’s relying on a trending topic – and an old favorite. “Jonah’s done the show a bunch, so he has recurring characters,” he says. “But I’m trying to figure out a Wolf of Wall Street skit where I’m a guy with huge teeth that’s asking, ‘Why are you making fun of me?’ Jordan Belfort – the guy who its based on – he has teeth out to here. But I’m sure a million people are making that joke.” Should that get cut for time, Moynihan has faith in Hill’s existing repertoire: “I wonder if he’ll do that little Jewish boy again.” He’s referring to six-year-old Adam Grossman, the little kid that’s too smart for his own good (and out at Benihana with his father, Bill Hader, and his new girlfriend). “But I don’t know if we’ll do it since Bill left. Maybe we’ll have someone else do it. Or better yet – maybe we’ll bring Bill back.”


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