The long running sketch show Saturday Night Live has chosen Olympic golden boy Michael Phelps to host its 34th-season premiere Sept. 13 on NBC.
Aside from all the commercials and inevitable talk-show spots, this will be the first "acting" role for Phelps, whose world-record-smashing, eight-gold-medal-winning performance at this Summer Olympics made him the poster boy of U.S. swimming for generations to come and won him the hearts of millions of admiring fans.
They chose rapper Lil Wayne to be the musical guest. 2008 has been the most successful year of his career.
Meanwhile, the MTV Video Music Awards has also jumped on the Phelps bandwagon by securing an appearance from him at the Sept. 9 award show.
It's going to be strange to see him in regular clothes, although I'm sure there will be at least one scene of him in his speedo and numerous ones about the Olympics. I'm going to have to check it out to see if he can even act, being funny doesn't matter since the show hasn't been in years.