Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe to host Saturday Night Live

The wizard actor is to be special guest on the American comedy show in January

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He’s spent ten years with a wand in his hand – now Daniel Radcliffe is being asked to swap it for the microphone of a stand-up comic: he’s to host the 14 January 2012 edition of America’s famed Saturday Night Live. He’s doing it to promote the US release of his supernatural thriller, The Woman in Black.

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It’s not only his first time presenting SNL, it’s his television hosting debut. Fortunately, there’s no pressure: overnight ratings say this weekend’s edition, with Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Michael Bublé, was the most-watched show on US TV on Saturday night. Final figures for the week before, with host Katy Perry, scored seven million viewers.

SNL is now in its 37th season and almost every week it is fronted by a celebrity guest star who invariably proves exactly how funny they really are. For some it’s a triumph, for some it’s really not, and for most they kind of get away with it because they’re famous. 

For them all, the gig includes appearing in sketches mocking themselves but the big challenge is the opening monologue. See how Katy Perry did with hers and how Russell Brand scored a big hit with his stint as host in February 2011.

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SNL does not currently air in the UK but Daniel Radcliffe’s The Woman in Black opens in the UK on 10 February 2012.