This isn't just a "Teenage Dream" for Katy Perry - the singer really is appearing on the season opener of "Saturday Night Live."
After tweeting on September 2 that she had "some exciting news to share with you tomorrow............ Let the anticipation build," Perry, 25, then informed fans that she was told to wait a few more days before making her revelation - and she definitely didn't disappoint.
"OKAY! My BIG surprise is I'm opening the season of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE on Sept 25 W/SNL Alum Amy Poehler!!!" she announced on Twitter yesterday, also dropping a not-so-subtle hint that she would like to appear in a skit with the "Parks and Recreation" star.
"Dear Amy Poehler can I please be your braced faced neighbor friend that hangs out with you & RICKKKKK!" she wrote, referring to the excitable tween character Poehler, 38, played in sketches with cast mate Horatio Sanz when she was an "SNL" regular.
"SNL" hasn't yet confirmed whether Perry will act as well as sing during the late-night gig, but it would be cool if her fiance Russell Brand also made a cameo!
With all the hype and hooey generated from a recent SNL episode where the host was selected as a result of public support, regardless of the personality involved, wouldn’t the buzz have been built more based on a feeling that viewers had made their voices heard?
Even if the writers had tried to screw it up, which at times can be hard to tell the difference, wasn’t this pretty much a can’t miss scenario? While factors in the host selection process can lead to endless speculation, wouldn’t the more divergent path taken to get there tend to thicken the intrigue? Could this be the start of a trend, expanding the interactive so that people could have more of a say, or will it be back to business as usual?
Years ago I was part of something along the same lines, runner-up in the Anyone Can Host contest. Following up on this more recently, I got back in touch with Lorne Michaels through a series of letters. As the process evolved, a few were addressed to certain individuals inquiring as to whether they would consider being host.
Here are links, in reverse chronological order, to those letters:
Andy Rooney Tiger Woods Susan Boyle Woody Allen Howard Stern
Clint Eastwood Mel Brooks Buck Henry David Bowie Nicholas Sarkozy
(Since the links won't transfer, please go to: http://dwdiamond.com/L2L.html )
With possibly little to gain by following up on this, it may be awhile before any of them ever do, yet isn’t that just the point? How much would it raise the bar if they did? Is SNL more about taking chances or playing it safe? Easy enough to ask such a question from the outside, perhaps the only ones who could find a credible response are too busy to ponder such things.
Whoever the host might be, it’s just one show, one week, temporary impact. But what if a similar campaign were to add someone new to the writing staff? How much fun could that be? Not just anyone, a raving lunatic. Maybe not fresh out of the nut house, but somebody crazy enough to imagine there could be a chance in hell it would ever happen. Has the world gone crazy? Is there enough craziness out there to make a difference? Am I the only crazy one?
So if you ever thought SNL was becoming more of a lullaby than wake up call, all it would take is a little follow up to start tipping the scales away from complacency, towards chaos...
Better crazy than lazy,
I love Katy Perry and SNL. Can't wait for new season to start.
Hopefully she sings California Girls. I haven't heard that song nearly enough this summer. Barf.
Hopefully that twit Russell Brand stays far, far away.
That chicks looks about as real as a blow up doll...
amy poehler is hilarious. but i dont think anyone can save this show...
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