Dana Edelson/NBC
February 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM EST

Unless Zooey Deschanel has some charming, adorable stripper past we don’t know about, it’s safe to assume tonight’s Saturday Night Live will be very different from last week’s installment of the Channing Tatum Exotic Dancing Comedy Hour. (Although those jazz hands are pretty seductive and she did put on quite a show for Justin Long in an episode of New Girl.)

So maybe there won’t be stripping tonight, but it’s a pretty safe bet that SNL will, at the very least, have their singer/actress/cotton enthusiast host poke fun at her trademark quirkiness. (I’d like to imagine there’s going to be some sort of scenario in which Deschanel faces off with musical guest Karmin‘s leading lady Amy Heidemann in Studio 8H. There can only be one hipster!)

I know some folks are getting tired of Deschanel’s adorable/dorky routine (I henceforth refuse to write “adorkable” from here on out) but there’s a reason why we all fell for her in Elf, (500) Days of Summer, and Almost Famous. Behind those impossibly long bangs (how will she read the cue cards?) is a tremendously gifted comic actress. Here’s to hoping she can bring those same charms to SNL.

If you’re tuning in for tonight’s Zooey Deschanel-hosted episode of SNL, be sure to post your feelings on the show as its happening here and then check back in on Sunday morning for a full recap. Are you excited to see the New Girl try her hand at SNL? Or are you tuning in on the off-chance Karmin covers Kanye West again? Share in the comments section below.

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