Jimmy Fallon Is Back to the Future
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Jimmy Fallon is about to host "SNL" for the second time. And apparently, he saw it coming. In 1998, Fallon took a page from "A Christmas Carol" and joined host Alec Baldwin during his monologue as the "Ghost of Host Future." In the skit, the two took a trip to 2011, where Fallon was now a "huge star" and an "SNL" host himself. Amazingly, these things have actually happened: Fallon first hosted "SNL" in 2011, just as was predicted, and is now set to take over "The Tonight Show." John Goodman, who showed up as "Ghost of Host Present," just hosted the show again. As for Baldwin, he's probably just glad that 2013 is almost over.
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Alec Baldwin is an "SNL" legend, having hosted the show 16 times. John Goodman -- who returns on December 14 -- has hosted 12 times. Ben Affleck is the latest inductee in the five-timer's club. And then there's Buck Henry. Far less familiar to modern audiences, Henry hosted a whopping ten times, appearing first in 1976 and for the last time in 1980. As Wikipedia notes, his record was broken when Steve Martin hosted the 14th season finale in 1989. Today, Henry -- who turns 83 on December 9 -- is more recognizable from playing Liz Lemon's dad on "30 Rock." But he has laid claim to legendary "SNL" moments, including as the unplanned head wound victim when John Belushi goofed with his sword in a "Samurai Tailor" skit. In a 2010 interview Henry said he "loved" his times on the show: "Even the troubles, and the irritations, and the fights… all of it was interesting."
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