Keke Palmer is set to host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time on December 3, alongside musical guest SZA.
While the “Nope” star has been acting since childhood, “SNL,” she said, is a “unique experience” that Amy Schumer helped prepare her for.
“I am delighted with the moon. I just can’t wait,” Palmer told CNN in a recent interview. “I know it’s going to be so much fun. I’m really excited about it and just can’t wait to do it. I think it’s going to be a unique experience, but also familiar territory. And then it’ll just be fun to see how they do it, you know, on their end. Because I like sketches.
“Amy [Schumer] actually told me about it and kind of walked me through it all,” she added.
Palmer said she considered the hosting gig a kind of “Broadway-ish” performance.
“I just want to entertain you, and let’s have a good night,” she said.
As an entertainer since childhood, Palmer knows she’s having a time right now, but said she keeps it firmly grounded because she’s seen the ups and downs of Hollywood firsthand. hand.
“You know, the entertainment industry is funny that way. There will be times in your life when everyone’s just thinking about you and everything’s still so exciting, and then it’ll be cold and then it won’t be. as trendy or it won’t be a moment,” she said. “I really feel like there’s a kinda hip moment going on. [for me] and it’s fun and it’s exciting and I love that I can keep exploring different avenues of entertainment… No moment lasts forever.
Palmer’s star rose even higher over the summer with the release of director Jordan Peele’s “Nope,” which he wrote with her in mind.
She said it was a “crazy” call to receive.
“Jordan is such a talented person and someone I’ve always wanted to work with again after doing ‘Key & Peele’ and seeing how he continued to grow as a creator,” Palmer said, adding, “Then, I read the script, I love the character. I love the world of sci-fi and adventure, but then I was like, man, this character is so unique. It’s such a combination. rare that you can play as a female. It was such a cool arc that I was going to have the opportunity to go from comedy to drama.
Palmer said she hopes to work with more directors.
“There are tons of people I think I could have fun collaborating with. I would love to work with Samuel Jackson again. I would love to work with Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg. The list goes on. I would love to work with Jordan again “, she said. “Quentin Tarantino too, he is very punchy and everything is very extreme in terms of entertainment. Like, it’s still going to give you a movie and cinematic experience.
For now, Palmer will be happy at her home in Chicago with her parents for Thanksgiving. She has a current partnership with McCormick Seasoning and said she even brings the company’s box of 10 spices with her when she travels.
“There’s no reason for me to go to anyone’s house on this vacation and for them not to know how to spice up their food,” she laughed.
She won’t have that problem at home, though. Palmer said her dad did all the cooking and she had a break.
“I’m rested and I’m leaving,” she said.