‘Today Show’s’ Al Roker Just Made This Announcement
Al Roker of the Today Show remains a treasured favorite on the morning news program. Serving as co-anchor, weatherman and feature reporter, Roker has part of the NBC team for over 20 years, according to Today.com. Now, he just announced that he’s adding to his list of roles.
A solid history with ‘Today’
Roker began his broadcasting career at NBC Cleveland affiliate WKYC in 1978, then headed to WNBC in New York, as reported by Today.com. He joined the Today Show in 1996, forecasting the weather and later doing feature stories. His warm rapport with his co-hosts and the studio’s live audience have made him a fan favorite.
Roker had the pleasure of celebrating 40 years with NBC last December. “From the moment I stepped foot in WKYC in Cleveland to getting a job at WNBC, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven because my parents could actually turn on the TV and see me, to being here with all of you, it’s been an amazing ride,” Roker said at his celebration.
Man of many talents
The Today Show co-host pursues other interests outside of his gig on morning news. A bestselling author and Guinness World Record Holder, Roker has had other roles on television outside of the newsroom, as well as the big screen. His cameos on the small screen include portraying himself on Will & Grace Will and 30 Rock, and he’s appeared in films including the Sharknado franchise and 2016’s Ghostbusters. Roker has also lent his voice to animated movies including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the sequel, Kung Fu Panda 3, and Madagascar 2.
According to Broadway Direct, Roker has co-hosted the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center since 1985, and also co-hosts the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rose Bowl Parade. He created an initiative entitled “Lend a Hand Today” which has raised millions of dollars to help small charities.
Roker is beloved by his colleagues and viewers of Today. Co-host Craig Melvin has previously spoken of how Roker made him feel welcome when he first started at Today. “Al was the very first person who sort of put his arms around me when I started appearing on this show,” Melvin said, according to Today.com. “The Al Roker you get on TV is the same Al Roker you get when the camera is off.”
This week, Roker announced he’s reprising his role on Broadway, performing with former American Idol champ Jordin Sparks in the Sara Bareilles’ Tony-nominated show Waitress. The Today Show co-host will be on stage November 1 through November 24 at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York City playing the role of diner owner Old Joe, as reported by Broadway Direct.
Roker originally took on the role last year in a limited run for his Broadway debut, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “Real people will pay real money to watch me!” Roker said to his co-anchors at the time. “As a singer, I’m a terrific weatherman.”
The theater run was clearly thrilling for Roker. “I’m nervous and excited to be making my Broadway debut in such a Pie-conic show,” he said last year. “My character’s name is Old Joe, so I’ve got half of it down already. And there’s pie every night!”
Fans will now be able to see Roker onscreen and onstage!