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Phelps will be live from New York Saturday night

by Mel Bracht Published: September 12, 2008
Most Saturday nights, Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps is fast asleep when "Saturday Night Live” comes on the air "Live from New York!”

This Saturday, he will be wide awake and wired when he makes his acting debut as host for the show's 34th season premiere (10:30 p.m., KFOR-4).

"This is a completely new experience for me. It should be pretty fun,” Phelps said Thursday in a conference call.

"I'm probably more nervous doing this than swimming in Beijing, I'll tell you that.” In his younger days, Phelps said he was a big fan of the show, with Chris Farley and Adam Sandler being his favorite actors.

"SNL” will poke fun at Phelps' record-breaking Olympic experience. Although the final lineup hasn't been determined, Amy Poehler plays his mother in one sketch and there are also skits about his medals and swimsuit.

"There are some really, really funny skits,” Phelps said. Several star athletes have hosted ‘SNL,' including Peyton Manning, LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Jordan, Joe Montana and Wayne Gretzky.

Executive producer Lorne Michaels said Phelps has fared well in rehearsals. "Michael has been great,” he said. "And no matter what happens, they can't take those medals away.”

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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