March 08, 2014 6:00am PT by Aaron Couch
Lena Dunham Hosting 'SNL': What to Watch For
It's almost time for Lena Dunham's Saturday Night Live debut, where the Girls star will be joined by indie rock icons The National.
So, what should we expect from Dunham's debut?
SNL opened its season with a much-loved parody of Girls. It'd be tough to top, but a round two of some sort is certainly in order. Dunham is a fan of the Girls sketch, which saw Tina Fey play an Albanian refuge who becomes roommates with Dunham's Hannah (played by Noel Wells). There's plenty of precedent for Dunham to sit in on a sequel. When Zooey Deschanel hosted in 2012, she joined Bein' Quirky With Zooey Deschanel to play Mary-Kate Olsen. Option 2 for Saturday: real-life Girls co-stars show up for the monologue.
SNL didn't exactly hit it out of the park with its pre-Oscars Ellen parody. But with plenty of buzzed about moments (John Travolta's flub, Ellen DeGeneres' selfie), there's plenty of material to draw from. Our guess? Matthew McConaughey's "I'm my own hero" speech will get the SNL treatment.
There's nothing funny about potential hostilities between Russia and Ukraine, but SNL does love mocking double talk, and the juxtaposition of the Olympics message of world unity and possible Russian military action is right up the show's alley. It already made fun of Russian President Vladimir Putin's anti-gay laws ahead of the Olympics. It could be time for Taran Killam to dust off a Russian accent.
Check back after the show for a full recap and videos of Dunham's episode.
SNL airs at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.