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Alec Baldwin books 16th 'SNL' host gig, wraps with Woody in Rome

August 5, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Alec Baldwin: SNL has him set for a record-breaking 16th host gig

Maybe Alec Baldwin should forget about running for mayor of New York and simply declare himself mayor of "SNL": The actor has been invited to host "Saturday Night Live" for a 16th time, pushing him past Steve Martin as the host who's done the most on NBC's New York-based sketch comedy show.

Baldwin will host the 37th season premiere of "SNL" on Sept. 24, according to Show Tracker. His 15th turn on the show, the 35th-season closer, followed Betty White's grassroots-inspired appearance and featured gentle competitive banter with Martin, who phoned in during the monologue.

Martin, who last hosted "SNL" in January 2009, teamed with Baldwin to host the Academy Awards in March 2010 -- with "meh" results. The upcoming sixth season of "30 Rock," which is maneuvering around a pregnant Tina Fey, will be Baldwin's last.

But back to the mayor thing -- if not New York, the actor might see if he can score some votes in Rome, where he's been getting paparazzi love while filming the Woody Allen film "The Bop Decameron."

"One more day on this film with Woody. Shizz-dang. I'm sad," Baldwin said early Friday, Italian time, on Twitter. "This has been a good one."

The cast of "The Bop Decameron," a romantic comedy made of up four vignettes based on "Decameron," a 14th century collection of bawdy tales by poet Giovanni Boccaccio, also includes Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg and Penélope Cruz, to name but a few. 

It doesn't appear to be a typical rom-com: Two of the vignettes will be in Italian.

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-- Christie D'Zurilla
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Photos: Alec Baldwin goofs around with a crew member, left, on location July 28 in Rome and works with an unidentified woman July 25 while shooting a scene for "The Bop Decameron" in an outdoor market in Rome. Credits: Remo Casilli / Reuters, left; Tiziana Fabi / AFP / Getty Images, right.


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