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Why Paul Simon Is a ‘Saturday Night Live’ God


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Only three people have appeared on Saturday Night Live more frequently than Paul Simon (Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, and John Goodman). He hosted the show's second-ever episode on October 18, 1975. He performed with a genuine Beatle, George Harrison (not George Michael) the following year. He sang "Still Crazy After All These Years" while dressed like a turkey. In 1977, he borrowed many of the show's players for a show called The Paul Simon Special that was co-written by SNL's Lorne Michaels. He played on SNL's first episode back after 9/11. And he'll return to the Saturday Night Live stage tomorrow night for the 14th time alongside host Ed Helms. He will not be dressed as poultry, but he will be playing songs from his extremely well-received 12th studio album, So Beautiful or So What. But here's what it looked like when he did some of those other things:

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