Friday December 14, 2012 11:38
McCartney to guest on ‘Saturday Night Live’
NEW YORK (AP) – “Saturday Night Live” is welcoming two prominent up-and-comers to this week’s special Christmas show.
Guest hosting will be a brilliant Canadian-born comic, Martin Short.
The musical guest? Breakout singer-songwriter Paul McCartney.
“I think he’s from Europe,” Short said, tongue-in-cheek, at the mention of McCartney’s name. “People say he’s got potential!”
Short, now 62, was an “SNL” regular during the 1984-85 season before returning as guest host in 1986 and 1996 and making cameo appearances in 2005 and 2006.
It’s the fourth appearance as musical guest for McCartney, 70.
How did “SNL” happen to book this pair of favorites?
“The Christmas show has to have an emotional component,” explained “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels. “Besides, we have a long break following that show, when people are going to have lots of time to talk about it. So it’s always better to leave on a high note.”
Short said he didn’t anticipate butterflies when returning to his old haunts.
“Once you’ve done `Saturday Night Live,’ it becomes part of your extended life and you remember it forever,” he said.