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Brian Williams Hosts
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Published at: Nov. 3, 2007, 8:44 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!! NBC News’ Brian Williams hosts the last “Saturday Night Live” before Monday’s planned writers’ strike shuts the show down for the foreseeable future. Will there be a sketch featuring a crestfallen Jonah Hill moaning about how the strike may have cost him his shot at hosting SNL later this month? Today’s New York Times describes the witty Williams as a “rabid” fan of SNL. An excerpt from that piece:
[Lorne] Michaels noted one small adjustment made for Mr. Williams’s sake. A planned sketch about edited-out parts of the Harry Potter films featuring the recently outed Dumbledore will not star Mr. Williams as Dumbledore. And the show will surround Mr. Williams with high-quality support, including two big-name surprise guests, one from politics and the other from music.
We also know from the promos that Bronx Beat will be back and that Feist is the musical guest. 11:30 p.m. Saturday. NBC.

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  • Nov. 3, 2007, 8:47 p.m. CST

    maybe this will give them enough lead time

    by slder78

    to come up with something, you know, funny.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Special Guests?

    by JLGonTV

    HuffPo mentioned Bono being at the set earlier this week... He and Williams worked together in Africa and are supposed to be close, but if he's the guest from music it'd have to be something pretaped like a digital short. Personally, I love Brian Williams when he appears on The Daily Show and I'll definetly be watching tonight to see how he handles SNL.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 8:59 p.m. CST

    SNL is still on the air?

    by Internet Thug

    Who knew?

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 9 p.m. CST

    Will Ferrell (Farrell?) as Ron Burgendy!

    by theBigE

    That's the cameo we need!

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I Hope Feist sings her thumb wrestling song!

    by jimmy_009

    1-2-3-4! I declare a thumb war! 5-6-7-8! Try to keep your thumb straight!

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 9:26 p.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to Feist, she is awesome!

    by Flim Springfield

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  • Nov. 3, 2007, 9:29 p.m. CST

    I almost cancelled my plans...

    by TheRealSeveren

    for tonight because of the lineup. Does that mean SNL is great again?

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 9:33 p.m. CST

    SNL should go on

    by coachaaron

    this is the perfect time for these comedians to prove their true talent. let them write the entire show, no outside help, no writer's crew. seth and amy could write the weekend update. hader could do pacino for half the show and i'd still be dying from laughter. samberg could put together a great short and forget the music guest, i usually turn the channel when that comes on anyway. c'mon guys step up and get it done.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 9:36 p.m. CST

    I'd keep it going as a music and stand-up venue...

    by Flim Springfield

    No new material, just more musical guests, some stand-up comedians, maybe a magic act, whatever. It may actually make the show BETTER!

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Bad

    by picardsucks

    Just Bad

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Get Aaron Sorkin to write the jokes!

    by chrth

    <nt>

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:14 p.m. CST

    God Bless The Writers' Strike!

    by Liquid_Daze

    So this is what it takes to put this feeble horse out of its misery? Next up: Leno, get ready to shill for Doritos, again.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:21 p.m. CST

    I think Kristen Bell would make a KICKASS SNL host...

    by Pennsy

    She can act, she can sing (Reefer Madness, anyone), and she's going to be front and center of the 11/12 and 11/19 Heroes episodes. That would fucking rock.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Stoopid Writers Strike!

    by Shermdawg

    Dwayne Johnson was supposed to host the next episode of SNL.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:31 p.m. CST

    HORATIO!!!

    by Shermdawg

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Holy crap he slimmed down.

    by Shermdawg

    Artie Lange musta scared him straight.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Why can't they hire scabs?

    by tme2nsb

    To write for the show?

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:34 p.m. CST

    OBAMA!!!

    by Shermdawg

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Wow. Obama.

    by CatVutt

    'She's a witch'. That was good for a chuckle. And while I like Feist okay, she's kind of a snooze as a live performer. So don't expect too much.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:43 p.m. CST

    worst...cameo...ever

    by zool43

    Obama didn't say one thing that was funny.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Holy shit.

    by CatVutt

    Brian Williams channels Cliff Clavin. Spooky.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:47 p.m. CST

    So far...

    by Shermdawg

    ...so good.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:47 p.m. CST

    He's actually GOOD!

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    so far he's one of the best this season! most of the episodes have been SHIT

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:52 p.m. CST

    "one of the best this season"

    by Shermdawg

    I think you mean... "the best so far".

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST

    I havent actually LAUGHED at SNL in a long time

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    but ill be damned.... Williams is frakkin funny!

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST

    i KNEW there's still be new SNL next week!

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    confirmed on air - ROCK and Winehouse

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST

    "I'll check you fools on the quad!"

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Now that was funny coming out of Brian Williams' mouth! LMAO

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Brian Williams...

    by biscuit turner

    ...is shockingly good! Who'd have thunk it? And after Amy Winehouse's total fucking meltdown at the MTV Europe awards last week, they must be glad for the strike.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:57 p.m. CST

    I've always found Brian Williams funny.

    by El Scorcho

    Anyone who has seen him on Conan knows that he can be hilarious.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Wait, wait, I thought Winehouse coudn't perform on SNL...

    by Shermdawg

    "Original scheduled musical guest Amy Winehouse was forced to withdraw as she has been banned from travelling to the US by the British police after her arrest for cannabis possesion." <br><br> Of course, this IS from wiki so who knows, I don't give enough of a shit about her to actually verify this. If this episode actually happens (with the strike and all), could we get a "live via sattelite" performance?

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Dang, Williams has some chops.

    by Larry of Arabia

    They've had him in 5 skits in a row and he's nailed all of them. Make him a regular host. Son-a-bitch got free Cheezy Bread!

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Funniest f-in episode all year

    by cookepuss

    Gotta love the Bono dream sequence. :)

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Christ, this is awesome.

    by CatVutt

    Figures they'd get it together right before a strike. The gag with BW leaving himself a message was way too telegraphed though. Should've left off the intro or changed it 'return my messages' or something that didn't make the pay-off so obvious.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:07 p.m. CST

    williams has always been funny on conan

    by waggy

    so i was looking forward to him hosting tonight. pretty damn good so far. the lame principal was great.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:07 p.m. CST

    musical guest = bathroom break and snack refills

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Feist

    by biscuit turner

    when she did this on Letterman, she had half of Canada on stage (New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene, etc.) and it blew this performance away. Ah well...

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Eh.

    by CatVutt

    Not horrible, but the song has been so ubiquitous lately that it's hard to impossible to remotely enjoy.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:12 p.m. CST

    That was pretty decent.

    by El Scorcho

    Her voice was flawless.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Feist

    by degikrinbakedirfuvkeit

    I too really wish Broken Social Scene were there with her too like when they were on Letterman. Canada represent! The show is pretty good so far, although surprisingly the one thing I usually love on this show The Digital Short was a bit unsatisfactory tonight....

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Wow, Amy's hair isn't all ratty for Weekend Update this week.

    by Shermdawg

    That's a first.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:17 p.m. CST

    So, did AICN know about "Awake"?

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Did Harry know that Anakin Skywalker and the Invisible Woman would team up in a movie? Or did I miss that story here?

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:28 p.m. CST

    SNL in HD

    by biscuit turner

    Man, the wigs are distracting in HD.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:31 p.m. CST

    first painful sketch of the night

    by waggy

    and b will is nowhere to be found. guess he smelled a stinker.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:32 p.m. CST

    HA!

    by CatVutt

    Oh my GOD. That iPhone spot was fucking CLASSIC. WAAAAY too close to...ahem. Never mind.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:33 p.m. CST

    larry king wig was horrible even in NON hd

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:36 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Fabulous Moolah

    by Shermdawg

    http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/fabulousmoolahpasses

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Horatio Sanz is back?!?

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Ehhhhhh...

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:41 p.m. CST

    There's two different people portraying Kucinich tonight?

    by Shermdawg

    I'M CONFUSED!!!

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:42 p.m. CST

    screeching halt

    by biscuit turner

    We want more Brian Williams!

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:47 p.m. CST

    unfair and confusing

    by vicnameless

    debate sketch off the mark, unfunny and unfair.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Yup, should've put BW in as a candidate, for starters.

    by CatVutt

    And went on WAY too long.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:49 p.m. CST

    No "My Moon My Man"???

    by Shermdawg

    Lame.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:50 p.m. CST

    "my moon my man" is good, but...

    by SarcasticHorse

    "i feel it all" is pretty damn fantastic too.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Will SNL actually be effected by the writer's strike?

    by TVguy4566

    You mean they actually paid writers to write the crap they have been putting out the last decade or so? For a while there I thought they just had Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz just get baked, dress up in costumes, and just crack themselves up on stage. Since they left, it hasn't gotten much better<br><br> I say keep it going and just let the actors improv the scenes. I don't know if can be worse than sketches like the Falconer.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Brian Williams is playing himself...again.

    by The Visco Kid

    C'mon, show some range. Play someone other than yourself or someone like you.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:58 p.m. CST

    kickin and punchin'

    by vicnameless

    that's how i roll...

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Double-O Williams!!!

    by Shermdawg

    Good stuff.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Don't shit on the writers

    by Trader Groucho 2

    It's the producers who are calling the shots on this one.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:59 p.m. CST

    damn...its over.

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    for once i want more!

  • Nov. 4, 2007, midnight CST

    Decent show, Williams and Feist were both excellent.

    by Flim Springfield

    <b>

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 12:02 a.m. CST

    anybody else...

    by vicnameless

    get Ebert and Roeper after SNL??? I'm in Kentucky and they show it after SNL.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:10 a.m. CST

    The QUANTUM LEAP reference is a strange choice...

    by SnapT

    ...considering QL only had two reoccuring cast members. And he doesn't seem to be either Scott Backula or Dean Stockwell. I AM OFFENDED BY THIS.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:36 a.m. CST

    OBAMA RULES!

    by Kirbymanly

    Get off the Hillary ice train and board the Obama Express, bitches!

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:51 a.m. CST

    kinda reminds me of fred willard..

    by bob oblaw

    it works..

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:56 a.m. CST

    I can't believe how FUNNY Brian Williams is...

    by Kirbymanly

    He's gonna turn into the next Alec Baldwin for this show. The Quantum Leap jokes were hysterical. Too bad the other cast members killed it.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:04 a.m. CST

    heck the skeleton has been cracking

    by Prossor

    there's no stink left even.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Brian Williams is FUNNY!

    by Pi-Rate

    The rest of the show however was the same LAME ASS shit SNL has been doing for years. That's why SNL stands for S-till N-o L-aughs

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Wow it's open mic night at SNL

    by jimmy_009

    Feist truly blows.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST

    If you've ever seen Brian Williams on Conan...

    by jimmy_009

    ...you'll know he's a pretty funny guy.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Wow, Horatio is skinny enough

    by Napoleon Park

    to have sex with Sarah Silverman... except lately Sarah Silverman is too skinny to have sex with anything except a spider-monkey, which is why she and Jimmy play Scarbble all night.<p>Note to Feist and anyone else: once you sell your song as a commercial, you don't get to promote it on SNL any more (Unless you're U2).<p>Amy Winehouse's bad tattoos creep me out and Dwight "the Rock" Euphemismforpenis already hosted SNL, so we're just as well off without that one.<p> the funniest bot: Al Gore springing into action and... wait, that was an ad for "30 Rock". Then, the Dr. Who parody... no, wait, that was Dr. Who on PBS at 1:00. Okay, the funniest line was Seth's "Did you see that, he got my tie." Which, you'll notice, isn't actually a funny line. Well, okay, the iPhone ad was funny. Kinda.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Williams = funny, good actor, good at characters & reading que c

    by Orionsangels

    He's was actually a good guest. Not bad.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:33 a.m. CST

    SNL is still on? Yes Mr Sarcastic

    by Orionsangels

    Talkbackers who post sarcastic remarks, where they act surprise about SNL still being on the air. Are about as old and lame as SNL itself. SNL will always be unfunny. But it will out live all of us. Too bad.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Xiphos

    by Napoleon Park

    a few thousand bucks, I assume. i don't know what the ads for - who pays attention to commercials any more? :ets say a department store or a credit card or something. But I know I've heard that first song she did a lot, and I don't listen to modern radio.<p>Orionsangel, actors read off "Cue" cards, a queue is like a ticket line, and I think "que" is Mexican for "What?" <p>Pod, the Candice Bergen hosted Christmas episode with musical guest Frank Zappa was excellent, therefore you are wrong. But let us agree to disagree; taste is subjective after all.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:41 a.m. CST

    All the talkback h8ters

    by Napoleon Park

    who watch the show every week just so they can critique in detail why it isn't funny since Phil Hartman left or whatever, what will you all do until the strikes over? Of course there's always Spike Feresten, I can't believe that shitfest has writers.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Having a newsguy host

    by Napoleon Park

    is like having a sports guy host. i have no idea who they are. And MOST of William's sketches were about him being Brian Williams. Which is only funny or only makes sense if you know who he is. <p>So if he's Brian Williams, than who's Brian Dunkleman?

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Williams is so amazing at dry humor....

    by Kirbymanly

    He needs his own show outside of the news. If he did something like the original Office... it'd be a hit. For some reason I kept thinking that he would've been right at home in Dr. Strangelove.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 3 a.m. CST

    after SNL

    by Pym_slap

    Vicnameless- Up in AK, KTUU doesn't follow up SNL with Ebert & Roper, a musical show called Fearless Music comes on. I really liked hearing Obama say "Live From New York..."

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Since Obama got all up in Hillary's NY turf

    by Trader Groucho 2

    Hillary's gotta get even, but how? Emcee an Eminem concert in Detroit???

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 3:37 a.m. CST

    The first skit was..

    by chrisd

    pretty funny, especially Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton and Horatio Sanz as Bill Richardson. Obama did OK as Obama. Brian Williams did surprisingly good: the NY fireman was good. Feist live is not as good as it should have been: I agree the Letterman appearance was good, the best live one of her I have seen. Her videos are good: 1234 and Mushaboom (the red scarf-outdoor woods-flashing scenic-sunset one, not the flying-in the city one (although the reaching through the mirror to draw on her reflection as it drew on her was neat)).

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Edward R. Murrow is spinning in his grave.

    by Cotton McKnight

    That's all I have to say about that.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 9:20 a.m. CST

    oh yeah, its sunday and this already happened.

    by Cotton McKnight

    Im really out of it. I was wondering how everyone knew Brian Williams sucked before the show even aired!

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    www.aint-it-liberal-propaganda.com

    by uss cygnus

    Call me when Rush Limbaugh hosts.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST

    hey, cygnus...

    by BizarroJerry

    The Dem debate behind the scenes sketch seemed to make a reference directly to a Rush Limbaugh-esque idea. Brian Williams says something like, "We in the media have all ready decided we want Hillary to win."

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST

    MadTV

    by Mister Man

    Lousy new format, lousy show. 13th may be unlucky for them.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 12:48 p.m. CST

    I loved the beach boys!

    by ironic_name

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Owen

    by The Alienist

    the show alwyas makes me laugh out loud a couple times. If you want BAD SNL let's think back to the Sandler years.... Also, this is the best group of cute guys the show has ever had!!!!!!!!

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Best guest in a long time

    by JoeSixPack

    Brian Williams is a master of deadpan... great stuff.

  • Nov. 4, 2007, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Quantum Leap Reference

    by dtaggart

    If you listened to the rest of the sketch carefully, he states that he was on the episode TWICE in the same episode and that's it--not a recurring character. That was the joke.

  • Nov. 5, 2007, 12:29 a.m. CST

    So tomorrow morning

    by Mixiboi

    Press release from Loren Micheals about the future of SNL during this strike, yes?

  • Nov. 5, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    "Dignified? We got dignified comin' outta our ass!"

    by SantiagoAtez

    That was funny.

  • Nov. 6, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST

    For me the Quantum Leap joke was that

    by jim

    QL went off the air about 15 years ago yet it seems it is the best, maybe only, job he's had since then until being the pricipal in a teen drama on the CW.<p>Most surprising line of the night (surprised they got away with it) was during Bronx Beat: "Do you know mouth-to-mouth? How about ass-to-mouth? Does your mouth go south?".<p>I guess they felt they had to do a debate sketch but they should have tried harder. It was a meandering mess that went on way too long. Instead of doing behind the scenes before the debate they could have done the debate with everyone attacking Hilary with the stuff they were discussing, like saying she is anti-mexican if she disagrees with Sanz's character. Just random, non-sensical stuff. Or have the debate moderator be Kristen Wigg's crazy one-up-you character.