Daniel Radcliffe — aka Harry Potter, aka the sixth richest actor in Hollywood, aka Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year, aka notorious Broadway dancer groupie, aka alcoholic — is set to host “Saturday Night Live” on January 14th, three weeks ahead of his new movie, The Woman in Black, the movie that will introduce pediophobia to a new generation of teenagers. It’s not Radcliffe’s first stab at comedy — he was featured in Ricky Gervais’ “Extras” back in 2006 as a 16-year-old chain smoker. But this is “SNL,” and “SNL” chews up even great comedic talents, so I wouldn’t expect much from his turn as host. I’m not sure what direction the writers will take, though I suspect a Harry Potter versus Twilight skit will take shape, and maybe they’ll exploit the creepy sexual obsession a lot of middle waged women seem to have with Radcliffe. He’ll probably also cross dress, because apparently that’s what British people do for laughs, although if you try it here in America, GLAAD will sic its minions on you.
The good news for Radcliffe is that he’ll be following Charles Barkley, who will host the January 7th episode, and after that, I’m sure anyone would look favorable by comparison. Fun Fact: The last time Charles Barkley hosted, Nirvana was the musical guest. Nine months later, Kurt Cobain blew his brains out. COINCIDENCE? I think not.