'SNL' Tidbits for October 5, 2000

by Sean Bradley

'Bum Bum' Singer Set for November Show

MTV prankster Tom Green will host the November 18 episode of "Saturday Night Live," according to his official Website.

Green, who co-starred in the box office hit "Road Trip" over the summer, is also the host of his own long-running television show. "The Tom Green Show" began airing on Cable Access in Ottawa, Canada in 1994, before moving on to Canada's The Comedy Network in 1997 and MTV in 1999. Earlier this year he documented his battle with testicular cancer for the comedy show.

Although he had a small part in the SNL Studios film "Superstar" last fall, next month's episode will mark his first appearance on "SNL." No musical guest has been announced at this time.

Presidential Candidate Cameo

No: not Bush or Gore. Green Party presidential hopeful Ralph Nader will appear on the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, according to VoteNader.com.

Nader hosted "SNL" in 1977, and made cameos on the show in 1980 and 1990. Ironically, the host of Saturday's episode is Rob Lowe, who plays the Deputy Communications Director for a Democratic president on NBC's White House drama "The West Wing."

Chemistry and Catchy Names

Many on the Web seem surprised by "SNL's" decision to replace departing "Weekend Update" anchor Colin Quinn with the coed duo of Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey (the show's head writer).

"There's chemistry," executive producer Lorne Michaels tells Entertainment Weekly. "And there was something to the sound of Fallon and Fey."

Fallon tells EW there won't be any ''ignorant slut'' type point/counterpoint, though "if something bombs, we'll probably laugh at the other person. We might even ask them to do it again." Fey, who will remain head writer, says she didn't ask to audition; Michaels approached her. "You never want to be the person who says, 'Maybe I should be in this,'" she laughs. "Then you'd be a jerk."

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