SNL Transcripts: Martin Short: 12/15/12


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 38: Episode 9

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Air Date:


Musical Guest:

Special Guests:


Bit Players:

December 15th, 2012

Martin Short

Paul McCartney


The New York City Children’s Chorus

Jimmy Fallon

Kristen Wiig

Paul Shaffer

Samuel L. Jackson

Tina Fey

Tom Hanks

Lorne Michaels

Alec Baldwin

Joe Walsh

Carrie Brownstein

John Solomon

Danielle Flora

The New York City Children’s Chorus performs “Silent Night”


Martin Short’s MonologueSummary: Martin Short dances through the halls and sings about how Christmas is the horniest time of the year.


A Tony Bennett ChristmasSummary: Tony Bennett’s (Alec Baldwin) younger brother Jerry (Kenan Thompson) joins hi for Christmas festivities and an interview with Kanye West (Jay Pharoah).

Recurring Characters: Tony Bennett, Kanye West.

Royal Family DoctorSummary: Rupert Smythe Pennington (Martin Short), a representative of the Royal Family, outlines the unusual requirements that Kate Middleton’s doctor (Bill Hader) will need to perform throughout her pregnancy.

Recurring Characters: Queen Elizabeth II.


You’re A Rat Bastard, Charlie BrownSummary: The Brooklynese version of a Charlie Brown Christmas stars Al Pacino (Bill Hader) as Charlie Brown, with Larry David (Martin Short) as Linus and many other celebrities.

Recurring Characters: Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Fran Drescher.

Paul McCartney with Joe Walsh performs “My Valentine”

Weekend Update with Seth MeyersSummary: Bar Mitzvah Boy Jacob (Vanessa Bayer) explains the story of Chanukah as though performing a comedy roast. The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With At A Party (Cecily Strong) has some choice rambling comments about the real meaning of Christmas.

Recurring Characters: Jacob, The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With At A Party.

What Up With That?Summary: In a special salute to Christmas, Diondre Cole (Kenan Thompson) interrupts Samuel L. Jackson and Carrie Brownstein.

Recurring Characters: Diondre Cole, Vance, Lindsey Buckingham, Jackie Rogers, Jr.

Note: Samuel L. Jackson curses twice in this sketch, causing Kenan Thompson to ad-lib “That costs money!”

Paul McCartney with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear performs “Cut Me Some Slack”

Old FriendsSummary: Old friends Mark (Fred Armisen) and Dennis (Martin Short) run into each other at Restoration Hardware during the Christmas holidays, and catch up on old, odd times.


Pageant AuditionsSummary: Caleb (Martin Short) auditions to sing, but is reluctant to let his triangle player Monty (Paul McCartney) perform a song.

Note: This sketch breaks the fourth wall to enter right into McCartney’s next musical performance.

Paul McCartney and The New York City Children’s Chorus perform “Wonderful Christmas Time”


Dress Rehearsal Cuts

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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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