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October 6, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda: Writer, Rapper, Late Night Star
by Katie Conway - 0

Lin-Manuel Miranda is having one of the best years of his life, and possibly one of the funniest too! But lets back it up for second - who is Lin-Manuel Miranda? In case you’ve been living under a rock your whole life, Lin is one of biggest stars of this generation. He’s best known for creating, writing, composing, and staring in the Broadway hits In the Heights and Hamilton: An American Musical. Lin is also the recipient of three Tony Awards, two Grammys, one Emmy, a MacArthur “Genius” Award, and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama. He’s a self-proclaimed feminist, a good friend of the President, and a talented hip-hop/rapper free-stylist. Though Lin may excel in the drama department, he’s been slowly taking over our television sets to show us he has comedic chops, too!

This week Miranda is dominating late night TV. On Tuesday night, he was featured for the second time on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Miranda and Fallon have a bromance too cute for words, which was on display as they caught up with each other and gushed over their fathers meeting for the first time. The best part of the night was, of course, “Wheel of Freestyle” - a game featured on Tonight that highlights Lin’s ability to freestyle rap when given three randomly selected words. In the first round, Lin was given the words “Robot,” “Corn Maze” and “Harry Potter,” displaying his best improvisational skills with the rapped line “I'm Sirius Black, I got my magic wand! And oh yeah, there is nothing you could do to harm us, Avada Kadavra and yo! Expelliarmus!” You can watch the full video below:

Aside from having a grand old time on The Tonight Show, Miranda will also be hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time on October 8th, with musical guest Twenty One Pilots. Miranda has always been a huge fan of SNL, taking to twitter to talk about his favorite episode in 1990 with host Fred Savage, in which he tweeted “Couldn’t believe a kid my age was on SNL. And SO GOOD.” The first set of promos for the anticipated night of comedy have already been released, where Lin sits down with SNL cast member Cecily Strong to discuss his lack of power in getting Hamilton tickets, and his thoughts on Cecily’s impression of himself during last week’s episode.

This isn’t Lin’s first time getting some laughs on the small screen, either. Miranda has also starred on The Late Show with Steven Colbert, where he and Steven rapped in a one-song-musical about the lesser-known founding father, Button Gwinnett. Amy Schumer dragged Lin onto her show Inside Amy Schumer last spring to hilariously propose her hip-hop musical about Betsy Ross, and Billy Eichner confronted the musical genius in the second season of his Hulu show Difficult People, which premiered this July.

What’s next for the award-winning, quick-witted, fun-loving mega star? You can catch him slurring passionately about his alter ego, Alexander Hamilton, when he narrates an episode of the Emmy-nominated series Drunk History on November 29th! Still not enough Lin? Not to worry! You can also watch and listen to his most-anticipated work on Disney’s Moana, out this Thanksgiving, in which Miranda composed and provided his vocal talent to the film’s soundtrack. The massive PBS Hamilton documentary premieres October 21st as well, and he begins filming the sequel to the classic Mary Poppins with costar Emily Blunt later this week (phew!). 

With all that Lin-Manuel Miranda has accomplished, it’s hard to imagine what more he can bring to the table for the future. But if asked the question, the performer would most likely respond by quoting Hamilton: “There’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait, just you wait…” We’ll be here waiting patiently, Lin!

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