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We could be settling in for a long evening, fellow Saturday Night Live fans. With the high stakes wild-card game between the New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions — who are making their return to the playoffs for the first time in 12 years — kicking off at 8 p.m. ET, SNL could very well get an even later start.

But if you’re thinking of skipping SNL tonight because of the NFL, well, that would be quite turrible considering the always-amusing (be it intentional or otherwise) NBA commentator Charles Barkley, who is returning to host for his third time. Kelly Clarkson will be back for her third time as well, as the musical guest. (Though, don’t be too surprised if you see the pop singer pop up elsewhere for, say, a Ron Paul sketch.)

Check out the promo clip featuring SNL MVP Bill Hader and the newly-svelt Inside the NBA analyst, who coincidentally hosted the year-opening episode of SNL back in 2010 (which was delayed a half-hour thanks to none other than — you guessed it — a football game) below:

Are you going to stay up late to catch Sir Charles and Kelly Clarkson on Saturday Night Live? Which sketches are you hoping to see tonight? Do you think Charles Barkley will make a visit to “The Charles Barkley Show” or simply come face-to-face with himself on Weekend Update? Share your thoughts on Barkley and the episode throughout the night and then check back in on Sunday for a full recap.

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Saturday Night Live - Season 42
Saturday Night Live

The original late-night comedy sketch show from the one and only Lorne Michaels.

  • TV Show
  • 47
  • TV-14
  • Saturdays at 11:30 PM
  • Lorne Michaels
  • NBC
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