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How Molly Shannon and Whitney Houston’s ‘SNL’ sketch came to be

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Molly Shannon is wanting again on an unforgettable second she had with late pop icon Whitney Houston.

The comic, 57, is making her rounds selling her new guide, “Hello Molly!: A Memoir,” and stopped by Howard Stern’s eponymous radio show Tuesday.

Shannon collaborated with Houston — who died in 2012 at age 48 — on a “Saturday Night Live” sketch within the ’90s involving the previous’s notorious Catholic schoolgirl character, Mary Katherine Gallagher.

The “Moist Sizzling American Summer season” actress described to the shock jock, 68, how the sketch involving Houston got here to be.

“Whitney was so good. They’re like, ‘She’s not going to be within the sketch. She’s not going to do it,’ ” Shannon mentioned. “I used to be like, ‘She’ll do it. Let me go discuss to her.’ “

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Molly Shannon’s sketch character (proper) was attempting to steal the highlight from Whitney Houston throughout a choir competitors rehearsal.
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The “I Will All the time Love You” songstress was the musical visitor on the Dec. 14, 1996 episode of “Saturday Night time Reside.” Rosie O’Donnell was the host of that night’s present and Penny Marshall made an look.

The sketch featured two nuns (O’Donnell and Marshall) prepping their college students for a choir competitors. Houston performed “the right Jennifer,” a snobby well-liked lady who Mary Katherine tries to “out-sing” the vacation tunes “Little Drummer Boy” and “Sleigh Experience.”

Shannon went on to notice that whereas the Grammy winner was blissful to do the skit, the “White Lotus” actress was apprehensive that the singer wouldn’t present up.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Molly Shannon visits SiriusXM's 'The Howard Stern Show' at the SiriusXM Studios on April 12, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Shannon satisfied the “Bodyguard” star to look in a sketch involving her Catholic schoolgirl character, Mary Katherine Gallagher.
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“Generally I might see the place they might strategy the musical visitor and they’d have too many traces or it’s too complicated,” Shannon added. “And I believed, ‘They don’t wish to have all of this strain memorizing these traces.’ So I simply informed Whitney, ‘Look, I’m going to play the Catholic faculty lady. You’re going to be like a snotty lady. All you must do is, simply do no matter you need. You simply need to be snotty, push in entrance me, out-sing me. You possibly can say no matter you need.”

Shannon continued, “She was like, ‘Okay, I’ll do it, I’ll do it!’ In order that’s how I acquired her to do it. And that’s what I meant. I used to be like, don’t even have a look at these papers, simply have enjoyable!”

When it was time for the present to air, “SNL” alum Ana Gasteyer was all dressed and able to take the “Bodyguard” actress’ place, simply in case.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 14 -- Pictured: Musical guest Whitney Houston performs on February 23, 1991 -- Photo by: Raymond Bonar/NBCU Photo Bank
Houston was the musical visitor on “Saturday Night time Reside” on the Dec. 14, 1996 present.
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“Then the night time that the sketch was on, she was not there but. And I used to be like, ‘Oh no.’ So that they had Ana Gasteyer gown within the Catholic faculty outfit so she was able to go on stage,” the Ohio native mentioned.

However alas, Houston saved her promise.

“It was like, actually, like 5 seconds, they’re counting down, [Gasteyer]’s about to go on,” Shannon mentioned. “After which they’re like, ‘Whitney’s right here, Whitney’s right here!’ They usher her on and he or she was implausible. She confirmed up,”

As for O’Donnell, Shannon defined how Houston and the previous discuss present host interacted. “Rosie was nice. She was so good, and Whitney was so good after,” Shannon said. “She liked being in that and he or she was like, ‘Woman, you’re loopy.’ She had a lot enjoyable. She had such a superb humorousness.”