Adam Driver to Host First New ‘Saturday Night Live’ of 2020

Halsey will be musical guest

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Adam Driver, the star of Oscar contender “Marriage Story” and the blockbuster “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” will host the first new episode of 2020.

The actor will host the Jan. 25 episode of the NBC comedy sketch series, with Halsey as musical guest.

The announcement came in the middle of Saturday’s episode, with Eddie Murphy returning to the show after three decades as guest host.

Driver has hosted “SNL” two times before, in 2016 and 2018, which means he’ll be just two away from joining the five timer’s club. The club — of hosts who have (obviously) hosted “SNL” five times — includes a lot of luminaries, including Driver’s “Marriage Story” co-star Scarlett Johansson, who as of last week has hosted the show six times.

Previous members of the show’s five-timers club include Steve Martin, John Goodman, Tina Fey, Drew Barrymore, Chevy Chase, and Justin Timberlake, among several others.

During tonight’s episode, host Eddie Murphy brought back some of his classic “SNL” characters, including Mr. Robinson, Gumby, Velvet Jones and Buckwheat. He also delivered a hilarious monologue in which he dinged currently jailed Bill Cosby, joking that he’s the real “America’s Dad” now, and hung out with fellow comedy legends Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Tracy Morgan.