Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Michael Phelps to host SNL premiere

Old news, I know, but you never know who may have missed it. Michael Phelps will be hosting the Saturday Night Live season premiere on September 13. Now, the funny on SNL has been spotty at best the past couple of seasons, but there are still cast members worth watching (Amy Poehler, Darrell Hammond) and they still have funny skits - I recommend watching this show on DVR because then you can skip all the lame parts (which some weeks includes everything except Weekend Update). Anyway, I think it's probably worth it to check out Phelps on the premiere. He's not an actor, nor is he a comedian, but you don't have to be either to have good timing, to be able to read the cue cards in a not-so-obvious manner, and to be a good enough sport to go all out in making fun of yourself. I've seen Academy Award winning actors fail fantastically at their hosting duties on this show, but one of my most favorite episodes and hosting jobs of the past few years was neither a comedian nor an actor but an (you guessed it!) athlete. You may have heard of him? A certain Mr. Peyton Manning? So I'm giving Phelps the benefit of the doubt. And even if he tanks (and most hosts on SNL the past few years have), I'll still love him.

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