'SNL Recap': J.K. Simmons Isn't Just Kidding Around

February 1, 2015 4:00 PM

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'SNL Recap': J.K. Simmons Isn't Just Kidding Around

J.K. Simmons is the least-famous person to host Saturday Night Live so far this year. That’s not a criticism, by the way. For one thing, the show frequently fares better when it hands the emcee spot to an actor and/or comic with a less high-profile public persona. For another, while Simmons may not be super-famous, he is super-awesome — a veteran character actor whose face you almost certainly recognize, even if you don’t necessarily know his name. OZ, Law & Order and The Closer are just some of the popular shows he’s been a part of, and he’s also stolen scenes on the big screen in the first Spider-Man movies as well as Whiplash, the Sundance hit that’s netted him an Oscar nomination and likely win.

All those roles have showcased his remarkable range, but if there’s one thing that Simmons is best known for, it’s probably his flair with insults. In Whiplash in particular, he unleashes torrents of verbal abuse that would leave even the most muscle-bound hero quivering in the corner. That particul...

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