Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Betty White to host SNL... along with Tina, Amy, & Molly

So it's not official, but there's a good chance that Betty White, 88, will co-host a "women of comedy" episode of SNL with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Molly Shannon. That would break two records... the oldest host and the most hosts.



I believe the previous record was two, kept by...

February 22, 1992 - Tom Arnold and Rosanne Barr
At the time, they were married and both on the successful Roseanne show. Tom cameo'd in Feb 91 when Roseanne first hosted, and then he came back to host by himself in Dec 92 and Feb 96. I think the highlight of his career was when he costarred in True Lies as the comedy relief. Sorry Tom.

February 12, 1994 - Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin
The only time Kim was on SNL. But it was great; a Family Feud with the Baldwins, she was Robin opposite Mike Meyers' hyper hypo Philip, and she even had a talk with Chris Farley. This was Alec's fourth time hosting. I think he just wanted to share the fun with his wife.

January 17, 2004 - Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey
They were hot off their Newlyweds show and specials. They pretty much milked their relationship all the way to the divorce (which might have come as the result of milking it).

May 15, 2004 - The Olsen Twins
They were on to promote New York Minute. They had some success with the theatrical release, It Takes Two, and then they had some more direct to home successes, a cameo in Charlie's Angels 2, and they were hoping to find success in New York Minute.
That flop broke them. Literally. They broke up. That was their last movie. However, valued at $150 million each (from commission on so many direct to TV movies, merchandise, shows, etc.), they continued separately. Mary Kate tries to keep acting without her sister, but without her twin she is reduced to a common actress. Meanwhile, Ashley launched her own clothing line... and became even more rich and is the only one of the two who is still currently celebrated in magazines.



And here's the article about how Betty White, Tina, Amy, and Molly might set that new record...



Betty White Edges Closer to 'Saturday Night Live'

The Facebook group "Betty White to Host SNL (please?)," launched in late December 2009, now boasts over 425,000 members. It's an online group that is, according to Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello, "this close" to achieving its dream of having White (at least partially) host an upcoming episode of the iconic live sketch comedy show.

There is reasonable concern that White — now 88 — could face challenges with the hectic pace of the week of preparation leading up to a Saturday taping. It's a frantic event that includes both a full dress rehearsal and a live show, both performed in front of studio audiences.



A clever workaround involves centering White in a show honoring "Women of Comedy," allowing White to share the hosting duties with ex-"SNL" cast members Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, and Amy Poehler. In an email to Ausiello, he confirms that he is "100 percent certain" that "SNL" wants White as the centerpiece for the "Women of Comedy" episode.

If White does co-host "SNL," she would set a record as the oldest host... Previously, Ruth Gordon — best known for playing Maude in "Harold and Maude" and Clint Eastwood's co-star in "Every Which Way but Loose" — also hosted at the age of 80 in 1977. Betty White would be over 80 years older than "SNL's" youngest host, Drew Barrymore, who was just under 8 years old when she hosted in 1982.

This would also mark only the 19th time in "SNL" history that the show has featured multiple hosts on the same night...

From:
http://tv.yahoo.com/blog/betty-white-edges-closer-to-saturday-night-live--1006
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19th time? Wow, there must have been a lot of times earlier on. =^)

Enjoy!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

a woman of comedy episode? sounds great! I can't wait to see that. hope it's gonna happen some time soon.

The Animation Empire said...

Anony,

Yes, I think this is very interesting. I wonder if the writing is going to center more on women-related scenarios. Could be interesting.

- TAE

Jennifer said...

this was on snl facebook page today:

Three weeks of back-to-back originals coming up staring Feb. 27th with J. Lo rocking her Louboutins as host, followed by "The Hangover's" Zach Galifianakis on March 6 (w. Vampire Weekend) and finally Jude Law on March 13th!

Maybe they are going to do the women of comedy as the season final. what do you think?

The Animation Empire said...

Jennifer,

Hopefully. Thanks for the scoop!

- TAE

Anonymous said...

Hurray for a focus on women in comedy! I really hope they will re-air the PMS pill Short with Tina Fey, etc., Pat, Debbie Downer among the many other choices they have. It would be funny if they threw in The Gap Girls in the mix, even though it's only a parody of women. I hope they air it and will be looking forward to it!

Anonymous said...

Oh, and ofcourse anything with Molly Shannon, well,and any of the other women, go ladies!

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