Comedian Kevin Hart is set to host Saturday Night Live this weekend. It’s the second time a bona fide legit stand-up comedian is hosting this season.
The 32-year-old comedian-actor doesn’t like making eye contact. When he writes his jokes, he has to do it in a “think tank” — alone, in his home.
That’s why collaborating with the “SNL” cast and crew feels like a new process for Hart, who is hosting the NBC show this weekend.
“I am what you would a call a genius,” said Hart, as the “SNL” cast and crew burst into laughter.
“So this process here is a little different. … A lot of people came in the room and were looking into my eyes and it threw me off a little bit,” he says jokingly, but in a serious tone. “So I just closed my eyes and let them talk and kind of took it all in. And then I recited everything they said.”
Hart was in good spirits and self-deprecating — as usual — as he shot “SNL” promos with Jason Sudeikis and Bobby Moynihan on Tuesday.
His hosting gig on “SNL” is another notch on his growing resume: He hosted last year’s MTV Video Music Awards, has appeared on ABC’s “Modern Family” and starred in the romantic comedy “Think Like a Man.”
He’s also the star of the BET parody series “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (Tuesday, 10 p.m. EST) with Robin Thicke and Nick Cannon. The Philadelphia-born Hart said he’s “anxious,” but not worried, about hosting “SNL.”
“You can’t get nervous about what you love to do. This is what I love to do, so the opportunity to do it on this stage is ridiculous,”