Beck is laid-back and laconic on his Essential new album Morning Phase, and Mr. Hansen isn't breaking character for comedy. The promo video for this weekend's Saturday Night Live, with Beck as musical guest and The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons as host, shows Beck still very much in his Morning Phase phase. Asked about catchphrases a la Parsons' "bazinga," Beck says, "I am Beck." He also stands on amicably as Parsons teases SNL "Weekend Update" anchor Cecily Strong. Given that Beck's breakthrough album Mellow Gold turns 20 tomorrow, the mellow comedy gold, Jerry, gold, is only appropriate — although, that in mind, wasn't his catch phrase something more like "soy un perdedor"? Still crazy with the Cheez Whiz after all these years.
On March 8, the National will perform on SNL with host Lena Dunham, of HBO's Girls.