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Edward Norton 'Saturday Night Live' Predictions

Samantha Jacobs |
October 16, 2013 | 11:56 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter


Edward Norton (via Wikimedia)
Edward Norton (via Wikimedia)
The first rule of Fight Club is don’t talk about Fight Club.

Well, this Saturday night NBC might take a risk and break that rule.

Edward Norton is hosting "Saturday Night Live" for the very first time on October 26th, and though the actor will most likely be promoting two new films of his that are slated to open in 2014, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman,” there is no doubt that some “Fight Club” skits are in the works. Though Norton had begun to make a name for himself in “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “American History X,” when “Fight Club” premiered and quickly became a cult classic and a huge critical success in 1999, Edward Norton became a household name. And because “Fight Club” is still so famous and culturally relevant, "SNL" will be aware that audiences will want to see Norton back in character. Maybe they’ll do a skit in the form of a sequel, where the boys (fingers crossed for a Brad Pitt cameo) are too old and out of shape to fight like they did in the film. Or maybe they’ll do a skit based on a spinoff club to the fight club. It could be funny to see Norton’s character now as the head of a baking club, or something completely opposite of the gruesomely intense fight club.

In 2012 Norton hilariously played the role of Scout Master Ward in Wes Anderson’s indie flick, “Moonrise Kingdom.” His character was a hardcore leader of a young Boy Scout troop, so maybe "SNL" will want to have a Boy Scout themed skit. They might have to tread lightly due to the recent controversy and scrutiny that the Boy Scouts of America have faced due to issues with rejecting gay members, but in its 39 seasons "Saturday Night Live" has proven that they are not afraid to take risks with their content. Therefore having a skit with Norton back in his Scout Master costume may not be surprising, but it has the potential to be memorable and entertaining.

This episode will be the last episode before Halloween, and what’s a better go-to Halloween theme than superheroes? Before Mark Ruffalo took over the role in “The Avengers,” Edward Norton nabbed the iconic role of the Incredible Hulk in 2008. The superhero topic can open a goldmine of skit ideas, so interns may be currently running around NYC searching for Hulk gloves and green costume paint. Seeing Norton reprising the Hulk could get some laughs if the skit was maybe centered on the Hulk having a midlife crisis and wanting to change careers. It could be amusing to have skit focusing on the Hulk as a family man too, or in some sort of domestic role. Either way, get excited to see Edward Norton in a superhero outfit.



Though Norton has never hosted the show before, in 1999 he made a brief appearance during Drew Barrymore’s hosting episode. In a VH1 parody commercial, Norton played the character of Daryl Dragon. Besides a brief cameo in Salma Hayek’s opening monologue in 2003, this is Norton’s only experience at Studio 8H. Therefore bringing back this brief character, who back in the original skit was featured in a “Captain and Tennille” skit, could be good. It would be even better if Drew Barrymore came back for a reprisal as well.  

In terms of new material though, the biggest news topic right now is still the government shutdown. The Miley Cyrus parody, “We Did Stop” was a hilarious bit that made fun of not only the shutdown but also her own music video, was brilliant. So if "SNL" is trying to do another skit mocking this event, then there is a lot of pressure for it to be laugh-out-loud funny. My prediction is that they will go for it, either in its own skit or in Weekend Update.

With Janelle Monáe as the musical guest, and Norton’s endearing and adorable nerdy nature coming to the hosting stage for the first time, this week’s SNL should be a good one. Sound off in the comments if you have your own predictions for this week’s episode, and tune in Saturday night to see if Edward Norton and the "SNL" team will bring their A-game.

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