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Friday December 14, 2012

NEW YORK -- "Saturday Night Live" is welcoming two prominent up-and-comers to this week’s show.

Guest hosting the special Christmas edition Saturday evening at 11:30 on NBC will be Canadian-born comic, Martin Short.

The musical guest? Singer-songwriter Paul McCartney.

"I think he’s from Europe," Short ventured, tongue-in-cheek, at the mention of McCartney’s name. "People say he’s got potential!"

Short will be back at a former workplace. Now 62, the film, television, stage and sketch and stand-up comedy veteran was an "SNL" regular during the 1984-85 season, before returning as guest host in 1986 and 1996, then making cameo appearances in 2005 and 2006.

It’s the fourth appearance as musical guest for McCartney, 70.

Interviewed last week, Short said he didn’t anticipate butterflies when returning to his old haunts.

"I continually work in front of audiences, doing concerts here and there, so it keeps me loose," he said. "You realize that the audience isn’t so interested in every joke being perfect. What they want, after the show, is to be able to say, ‘I felt like I had a hang with him. He seemed in the moment. He looked like he was having fun.’

"When I’m in front of an audience, I’m very loose," Short said. "I get pumped, but I don’t get scared like I did years ago."

-- The Associated Press


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