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Sunday's SNL special to feature a healthy dose of Peyton Manning

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 29th 2010 10:00PM
Peyton Manning on Saturday Night LiveExpect to see a lot of Peyton Manning this Sunday on SNL Presents: Sports All-Stars, according to Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis. Forte and Sudeikis are hosting the two-hour prime time show (Jan. 31, 9 p.m. EST) as Twinkle and Stink, their ESPN Classic sports announcer characters. All-Stars will feature the best of the show's sports-related sketches from the vaults.

In a conference call with media earlier this week, Forte in particular was impressed with Manning, who will quarterback the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl next week against the New Orleans Saints.
"We love the guy," said Forte, "and there are a lot of things in this show that are from his show."

Not every sports star has been up to the challenge of live sketch comedy, but Manning showed comedic chops when he hosted in 2007, with two memorable pieces -- a "Digital Short" that parodied the NFL United Way commercials and had Manning nailing kids in the head with a football and trying to break into a car, and a sketch about a hapless basketball team that featured Manning's wonderfully spastic dancing.

"It's different for each one," Forte said of SNL's sports star guest hosts. "Peyton Manning is a legitimately funny person who was funny in the sketches because he's a funny person. And then there have been other people who haven't been as funny who have come on the show who, you know, maybe just their bad acting maybe helped out a little bit."

"I think it has a little bit to do with just putting them in the right situation having the right premise," added Sudeikis.

"Had I known what I know now I would have written much funnier sketches for, like, pep rallies in high school," added Sudeikis. "I think it has a little bit to do with just putting them in the right situation having the right premise.

Here's the United Way parody for a bit of a preview:

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I hope they include Ray Romano's turn as ESPN sportscaster, Chet Harper. Hilarious bit about the inane things ESPN guys say and a wonderfully terrible job by Tim Meadows as Stuart Scott. Sweet sassy molassy, this bit was funny.

January 30 2010 at 12:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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