The first Saturday Night Live host of the season will be none other than America's Olympics golden boy. Michael Phelps, fresh off winning eight gold medals in Beijing, will make his acting debut "live from New York" on Sept. 13.
It'll be the second time in a row that SNL has turned to a sports figure to kick off its season: NBA star LeBron James hosted last year's premiere. And over the years, athletes have turned in some classic SNL performances (Peyton Manning was a personal favorite). And yet, well, I saw Phelps interviewed several times in Beijing, and . . . let's just say it's a good thing he wasn't competing in the 200-meter small talk.
That said, maybe he was just too focused on his races to be funny. Maybe Phelps has an inner comedian just waiting for the right time to burst forth. What do you think?