Musicians and actors enjoy switching roles from time to time and it’s always a pleasure when they excel. Saturday Night Live (SNL) holds a good track record of full-time musicians owning their skits, so we picked out some of our favorites for a quick laugh.
The Maroon 5 vocalist showed off his comedic side in a “Catfish” parody. He breaks character for a second but quickly returns as host Nev Schulman. We got a full-length taste of his acting skills a few months after the skit aired in the movie “Begin Again” alongside Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Since then he’s guest starred in numerous TV shows like Broad City and American Horror Story.
Apart from performing spectacular concerts, Coldplay’s Chris Martin has a knack for comedy. He aids in promotion for Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man franchise by stepping in as a kissing double for Gwen Stacey and yes, he and Garfield share a hilariously steamy kiss that’s garnered over 10 million views.
With a couple skits under his belt, Justin Bieber is more or less an SNL guest star veteran. He even joined the cast of season 37 to celebrate their 100th digital short back in 2013! Music industry greats like Michael Bolton, Usher, Justin Timberlake, and Julian Casablancas of The Strokes even joined in on the celebrations. It was a like a massive Lonely Island party.
Gaga’s ten-year method acting studies at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute definitely don’t go unnoticed. Although she’s never acted in a full-length movie, her skits on SNL provide a good peak of her acting chops. Her “Deep House Dish” skit throws her into a feud with fellow pop icon Madonna, causing cast member Kenan Thompson to crack a laugh mid-scene.
For those unaware, Drake actually did begin as an actor in the early 2000s. He played the role of Jimmy Brooks in “Degrassi: The Next Generation” for seven seasons, appearing in 100 episodes. It doesn’t come as a surprise that he seems like the only SNL musical star to stay in character during skits. His underrated impersonation of comedian Katt Williams in the “Nancy Grace” skit will throw you into a laughing fit.
Not everyone has the skill to cross over into acting, but damn us if we didn’t call out the musicians who do. With SNL now in it’s 42nd season, we’re hoping for more tummy-rumbling skits from their musical guests.
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