Brendan Gleeson is to host the iconic US TV comedy show Saturday Night Live for the first time in October.

The Dublin actor will make his Saturday Night Live debut on 8 October - the second show of the new season. The musical guest on the night will be Willow.

Traditionally, the guest host of Saturday Night Live is involved in the writing of their monologue and the sketches for their show.

Irish hosts of Saturday Night Live in previous seasons include Gabriel Byrne, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson and Saoirse Ronan.

Gleeson will next be seen on the big screen opposite Colin Farrell, Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan in Martin McDonagh's The Banshees of Inisherin.

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The Oscar-tipped film, a recent winner at the Venice International Film Festival, opens in cinemas on Friday 21 October.

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