Paul Simon has the strangest Saturday night live hosting record – NBCNEWS

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American songwriting legend Paul Simon is in Saturday Night Live‘s famous Five-Timers Club, but the strangest thing about his record is that he hasn’t actually hosted five episodes of the show. The popular late-night sketch comedy series matters a lot about who hosts and celebrates the hosting achievements. And the blue-black silk jacket with gold embroidery is much coveted among the actors, singers, comedians and other entertainment legends who have more than Saturday Night Liveis more than 40 years of history.

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The rules for the Five-Timers Club seem simple: anyone who hosts Saturday Night Live get the coat at least five times. Under those rules, there are currently 23 people in the club, including Tom Hanks, Danny DeVito and Scarlett Johansson. But those rules seem a bit messed up for Paul Simon, writer and singer of the folk rock hit ‘Sound of Silence’. He is with the club despite only hosting four times.

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In total, Paul Simon has appeared on SNL 14 times. The times he presented were in 1975, 1976, 1986 and 1987. The singer, half of the band Simon & Garfunkel, was co-musical guest each time he presented with four more times. Five other times, he was SNL’s only musical guest. Simon has that fifth “host” credit from helping with Saturday Night Live100th episode in 1980 – an episode without a presenter and without a monologue. Instead, Simon performed three songs, including “Cathy’s Clown” and “Sunny Skies” with James Taylor.

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With only a five-timer club, it may seem like a lot of Saturday Night Live‘s hosts tap after that performance. But quite a few of them go above and beyond. Danny DeVito, Drew Barrymore and Sting have all hosted six times. Tom Hanks and Buck Henry have both hosted 10 shows. Comedian and actor Steve Martin is second with 15 turns as a presenter. But multi-award winning actor Alec Baldwin has hosted SNL most, clocking in at 17 turns front and center.

While other entertainers may have hosted much more than Paul Simon, the songwriter and SNL go back a long way. Simon became good friends with SNL producer Lorne Michaels before the show started, and Michaels produced the 1977 Paul Simon special as well as a Simon & Garfunkel concert a few years later. In Robert Hilburn’s book on his life, Simon (via Vulture), “Lorne allowed me to be comical.” In reality, Paul Simon offered to host the very first episode of Saturday Night Live in 1975, but Michaels wanted him to wait because he thought Simon could “raise ratings and word of mouth.” SNLhas been around ever since, so that strategy seems to have worked.

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