The spotlight of my Friday to date has been the invention of the @snlhostsintro Twitter account, which posts outdated clips of Saturday Night time Dwell hosts introducing the musical visitor. Whereas the account isn’t new to everybody — it was created in September and already has greater than 37,000 followers — I felt it was my responsibility to write down about it as a result of it posts some completely magical time capsules.
Right here’s a tame one to start out, to provide you an thought of the format: former US vice chairman Al Gore introducing Phish.
However how about Sean Penn, with a casually-yet-confidently undone bow tie, introducing LL Cool J?
Right here’s Bernadette Peters introducing The Go-Go’s:
And Christine Baranski enthusiastically introducing the notoriously downbeat band The Treatment:
I additionally love Nathan Lane doing maybe the most metal SNL musical guest introduction ever:
A part of the magic of the account is that there’s no context posted with any of the tweets. Each time I click on a brand new video, I can’t wait to see who the host goes to introduce and the way they will introduce them. The cognitive dissonance between the host and the band may be scrumptious — I can’t think about John McCain and The White Stripes had been all that chummy backstage.
The account is nearly certainly impressed by the huge reputation of @CraigWeekend, which posts the identical video of Daniel Craig introducing The Weeknd every Friday. Whereas that account has almost 500,000 followers and appears to replenish my timeline weekly, Craig solely just lately realized of the existence of the meme throughout an interview with The New York Instances:
As we’re talking, it’s a Friday afternoon, and I’m about to see my social media feeds populated with a video of you declaring it to be the weekend. Has the recognition of this gotten again to you in any means?
No, what’s that?
There’s a clip of you from that “Saturday Night time Dwell” you hosted, introducing the Weeknd with nearly a way of reduction. Individuals identical to to publish that clip as a means of ushering within the weekend.
They do? It’s wonderful. I don’t know what that’s, however thanks. That’s pretty. I suppose I’d need to have social media to know what that was all about.
We’re nonetheless ready for this week’s @CraigWeekend publish, so it simply doesn’t really feel just like the weekend but. However if you wish to get excited for the weekend now, right here’s final week’s: