SNL enjoys new-found relevance
Fame is fleeting, the old saying goes. It can also strike out of the blue, and land on the unlikeliest people. Take Jason Segel, for example.
The artist formerly known as “Freak” Nick Andopolis on the short-lived series Freaks and Geeks is hosting Saturday Night Live tonight, just as SNL is becoming relevant again.
The musical guest — another unlikely chart-topper, and virtually unknown a year ago — is Florence + The Machine.
SNL’S new-found relevance is thanks to some timely pol- itical sketches, and a talented cast — Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, etc. — that has finally had time to gel and mature as a comedy troupe.
Segel comes by his comedy roots honestly. He counts Vancouver native Seth Rogen, filmmaker Judd Apatow and Goon scriptwriter and Undeclared survivor Jay Baruchel among his contemporaries.
“Was I the class clown? I don’t know. I’ve been six-foot four since I was 12. And I was the only Jewish kid at a Catholic school,” said Segel. “Kids would stand around me in a circle and chant, ‘Ride the oaf! Ride the oaf!’ And then they would jump on my back, and I would have to shake them off. I think you either become funny or a serial kill- er. I went with funny.”
Expect more oafish behaviour tonight on SNL. With luck, it’ll be funny, too. (11:30 p.m., NBC, Global)
■ It’s R&B night on The SingOff, which continues to strive for the high notes, even as ratings reach a new low on its parent network.
The evening kicks off with a group medley — The Jackson 5’s I Want You Back, Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love and James Brown’s I Got You (I Feel Good) — and it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds. Then it’s on to the competition portion. (8 p.m., CTV2)
■ W5 investigates the strange case of Toronto teen Mariam Makhniashvili, who vanished without a trace while on her way to school, two years ago almost to the day. (7 p.m., CTV)