01/16/2014 10:31 EST | Updated 03/18/2014 05:59 EDT

Drake spoofs Degrassi days in Saturday Night Live promo

Toronto-born rap superstar Drake made fun of his days as an actor on the locally-produced television show Degrassi: The Next Generation in a video to promote role as host and musical guest on this weekend's Saturday Night Live.

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Drake was on the show for eight seasons during the early 2000-2008, playing student Jimmy Brooks.

In advance of this weekend's SNL, he appears in a studio joking with SNL actors Bobby Moynihan and Jay Pharoah. The rapper is asked about his acting ability and admits, "I was on a Canadian soap opera back in the day."

Drake then slips into character and recites the following monologue to violin music: "You broke my heart and I am reduced to the saddest boy in all of Toronto … you know what, not even Toronto. I am the saddest boy in all of Canada."

The soliloquy moves Moynihan to tears.

"That was beautiful," he says, choking up.

Drake left Degrassi to pursue a rapping career in 2008.