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As Predicted Dec. 12, 1998,
Jimmy Fallon Hosts Tonight’s
Final SNL Episode Of 2011!!

I am – Hercules!!

Dec. 12, 1998 marked Jimmy Fallon’s ninth episode of “Saturday Night Live.” The cast of that episode included Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri, Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, Darrell Hammond, Chris Parnell, Chris Kattan, Tim Meadows, Tracy Morgan, Colin Quinn and Horatio Sanz. None of whom appear in this clip from Fallon’s ninth SNL:

It’s slightly interesting that readers complain because the 1998 clip predicts Fallon will host Dec. 12, 2011 instead of Dec. 17, 2011 – yet no reader has yet objected to the fact that the current SNL cast does not really include Drew Adams, Michael Butler, Arianna Cleo, John Goodman and Kevin Wallarski. Nor do we moan about the recently disbanded R.E.M. not really being tonight’s musical guest. (Though maybe we should; Michael Buble is nowhere near as awesome as R.E.M.)

Fallon ditched SNL May 15, 2004, but made seven surprise SNL appearances in the seven years since, usually impersonating Barry Gibb. Earlier this year he played half of the Ambiguously Gay Duo opposite Jon Hamm:

Fallon replaced fellow SNL vet Conan O’Brien as host of NBC’s “Late Night” in 2009. Fallon’s current sidekick, “Late Night” announcer Steve Higgins, joined SNL’s writing staff in 1995 and continues to write for SNL today.

My favorite bit from last week’s episode:

Talkback Poll Question: Did SNL stop being funny before or after this aired:

11:30 p.m. Saturday. NBC.

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