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On december 17, SNL welcomes back Jack Black as host. Black, known for his comedic turns in "High Fidelity," "School of Rock," "Shallow Hal," "Orange County" and his voice work in the animated hit "Shark Tale" makes the move to action blockbuster in the eagerly anticipated, star-studded epic "King Kong" from Oscar?-winning director Peter Jackson ("Lord of the Rings"). Also down the pike for Black, is his band Tenacious D's first feature film "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny" and "Nacho Libre" from the creator of "Napoleon Dynamite."
Joining Black as musical guest is rock legend Neil Young. Young has created one of the most exciting and groundbreaking legacies in rock and roll history. A multiple Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, Young has become known as a musical innovator and inspiration. Over the last forty years, the acclaimed singer-songwriter has often been cited as the artist that leads the way for others through an uncompromising pursuit of staying true to his music. Young's latest release "Prairie Wind" is no exception. It is receiving universal acclaim, placing it in the pantheon of such Young classics as "Harvest" and "Harvest Moon."
Sketches:"A Holiday Message from the Vice President," "Stuart Little Mouse Removal Kit," "Sbarro," "Appalachian Emergency Room," "Christmastime for the Jews" (cartoon), "Channel 5 Photo Shoot," "Lazy Sunday" (film), "A Very Downer Christmas," "Space War 2148," "Two A-Holes Buying a Christmas Tree," and "Spelling Bee."
Performances:Neil Young performs "It's a Dream" and "He Was The King."
Howard Stern was originally scheduled to make a guest appearance in this episode, but had to cancel at the last minute.
Maya Rudolph does not appear in this episode, because she is on materinty leave. Horatio Sanz does not appear in this episode, though he was present at dress rehearsal.
The "Lazy Sunday" digital film was co-written by Chris Parnell, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer and directed by Taccone.
The sketch "Space War 2148" actually based on a sketch from Andy Samberg's unsold TV pilot Awesometown. Samberg reprises his role as Glirk the alien; Jack Black plays Steve the spaceman (which was originally played by SNL writer and Lonely Island member, Jorma Taccone on Awesometown).
During the "Sbarro" sketch, Amy Poehler cracks up when Rachel Dratch was being raised in the air by the wind.
Darrell Hammond's microphone is not turned on in time during "Appalachian Emergency Room."