James Austin Johnson SNL Season 49 Interview

James Austin Johnson grew up sneak-watching Saturday Night Live. Now at 34 years old and in his third season, he’s an integral part of the show (as evidenced from his frequent showings at or near the top of our weekly SNL screen time reports).

In this special interview from LateNighter’s podcast partner the Saturday Night Network, Jon Schneider and James Stephens sit down with Johnson (or “Jaj,” as his friends and colleagues call him) for a wide-ranging conversation.

Topics include his own SNL fandom (and the thrill of being able to pick up the phone and call the likes of Dana Carvey, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen), a self-evaluation of his first season as a reperatory player on the show, his new character Snake Eyes, and much more.

Click the embed above to watch the podcast. The audio version of this episode is also available on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and other fine podcast platforms.

Meet your hosts:

Jon Schneider is the main host of the Saturday Night Network. Jon has seen every episode of Saturday Night Live going back to 1975 and loves discussing how new episodes affect the legacy of the show. His favorite SNL cast member of all time is Will Forte.

James Stephens is a producer for the Saturday Night Network and a long-time SNL memorabilia collector. He has been podcasting with the Saturday Night Network since 2020.

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