January 11th, 2010
01:29 PM ET

Charles Barkley impersonates Alicia Keys on SNL

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Retired NBA player Charles Barkley channeled his inner lady in a promo for his Saturday Night Live hosting gig that aired on NBC during one of the NFL Playoff games on Saturday.

Barkley donned some jewels, makeup and heaps of fake hair to play musical host Alicia Keyes pounding the ivories for a version of her hit song, “Empire State of Mind.”

The spoof never made it onto the actual live show later that night, maybe because the producers realized that Charles, while good at basketball and surprisingly funny as a host, makes one ugly woman.

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  1. Amy, Connecticut

    I agree brm, I've seen a lot worse!!!

    January 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ngambe

    Hilarious! This is the skit I wanted to see the most!! I hope it finds its way to Internet somehow!!!

    January 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BobbyC

    Congrats NBC – the only specific sketch you plugged for Chuck's appearance and you pulled it. Obviously this was a single joke sketch with Chuck in drag – and since that was shown and laughed at – no need to continue with what was probably a VERY bad sketch (because the sketches they did go with were AVERAGE to JUST BAD).

    January 12, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Collin

      What grade are bngineing to teach evolution? It should not be in front of high school when they are ripe, they may form their own opinion. Not to indoctrinate them into it, as others say, do not inject their religion.

      February 13, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rumpleteaser

    What do you mean "because the producers realized that Charles, while good at basketball and surprisingly funny as a host, makes one ugly woman"? Isn't that the point? I like Barkley's sense of humor and fun.

    January 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cha-Chang

    She's no Miley, right Chang?

    January 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nenecats Houston

    Sir Charles is one of my all time favorites. He's the first one in line
    to laugh at himself. I've seen and heard him many times be very
    serious on subjects and very funny on others. I respect him alot.

    January 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chang

    He doesn't look any worse than the actual Alicia Keys - YUCK!

    January 12, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. dxp2718

    Now, if they weren't afraid to put in stuff like that, SNL might still be funny.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Donna

    OMG, I wish they would have shown this on the show – it looks hysterical!!! Charles was very funny on the show. The skit about his golf swing was self depreciating riot. And Alicia did a funny short with Andy Samberg – Booty Call – LOL it was hilarious!!! Check it out on the website.

    January 12, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. jaree

    I'd love to see Dick Cheney or Karl Rove do that skit! Maybe Charles can sing backup!

    January 12, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Debra R

    I would have loved to see this. Sir Charles...you are no lady 🙂

    January 12, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Brm

    I've seen worse.

    January 12, 2010 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. john

    HILARIOUS!!! Sir Charles ia a great sport and has a great since of humor!!

    January 11, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. silkysoul.com

    I'm sure he sounds like "one ugly woman", too! Hahaha!

    January 11, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jane/Seattle

    Not a very good Alecia Keyes, but it was probably very funny!

    January 11, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  16. mike

    better luck next time !

    January 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Ron G.

    CNN, you said it all, 'makes one ugly woman" Yuck!

    January 11, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |

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