J.K. Simmons Abuses ‘SNL’ Cast Members Playing Drums During Monologue (VIDEO)
J.K. Simmons opened his “SNL” monologue by saying that it was “an amazing year for me,” noting that he received critical acclaim for Whiplash in which he plays a “mean, intimating band conductor.” He then went on to say in real-life he’s actually very nice before, like his character in the movie, he began to abuse “SNL” cast members for “rushing” and “dragging” while they played the drums. Drum-playing alum Fred Armisen even made a cameo. Check out the video below.
This marks Simmons’ debut as the host on “SNL.” Simmons is on a roll these days, thanks to Whiplash. In the last few weeks alone, he has won numerous best supporting actor awards, beginning with the Palm Springs International Film Festival, followed by the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and the SAG Awards. Simmons is also nominated for an Academy Award and, not surprisingly, is the frontrunner in his category.
And even though Simmons has never hosted “SNL” before, he did appear in a videotaped bit in 1999 with Jerry Seinfeld called “Seinfeld In Oz.” The premise was that after the comedian and the rest of “Seinfeld” cast were sent to jail in the season finale of the hit NBC show, Seinfeld made a series of sarcastic remarks to guards that led him to be sent to a maximum security prison where he encountered Simmons’ neo-Nazi “Oz” character Vern Schillinger.
Check out the video below of Simmons’ very first “SNL” monologue, and tell us what you think.