J.K. Simmons Channels His Oscar-Nominated 'Whiplash' Character for His 'SNL' Monologue

Plus, Fred Armisen makes a surprise appearance to take over the drums


During his Saturday Night Live monologue last night, Oscar nominee J.K. Simmons sought to prove that he is nothing like his aggressive, domineering band leader character in Whiplash.

To prove his conviviality, Simmons prepared a song with the SNL cast – and then proceeded to yell in everyone’s faces for being off-tempo.

“This isn’t one of your weird videos!” he yelled at Kyle Mooney on the drums. “This is the opening of the show!”

To newcomer Pete Davidson, Simmons suggested that he practice as much as he “[smokes] pot”: “I’m not going to practice 100 hours a week,” Davidson scoffed.

Even former cast member Fred Armisen wasn’t safe. The Late Night with Seth Meyers bandleader also got his butt handed to him by Simmons.

The only immune member of the SNL cast was Leslie Jones: “Do not scream at me, J.K.! I am a 47-year-old woman! Do not do that! You need to pump your brakes, dude!”

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