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Friendly Rivals: Steve Martin vs. Alec Baldwin

November 12th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

For years, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin have had a friendly rivalry as members of the Platinum Club, an exclusive group of Saturday Night Live regulars who have held hosting duties on NBC’s late night sketch comedy show at least a dozen times. The running joke? Every time Baldwin is about to tie Martin for the most number of SNL appearances, the “wild and crazy guy” — that’s Martin — attempts to thwart the 30 Rock star at every turn. Current tally? Martin has hosted 15 times, while Baldwin has tallied 14 himself.

But in a surprising turn of events, the longtime rivals are joining forces to co-host the 2010 Oscars in March. “I am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy Alec Baldwin,” Martin said in a statement. “I don’t play the banjo but I’m thrilled to be hosting the Oscars – it’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” Baldwin added, referring to Martin’s current gig, touring with a bluegrass band. To mark this new truce, the Hulu team looked back at some classic Martin-Baldwin appearances on SNL. — Rebecca Harper (), Editor

Baldwin Gets Mugged
In this sketch from Season 31, Steve Martin’s on a hot date with a married woman (Kelly Ripa), and things appear to be going well — until she mentions that Alec Baldwin is about to tie him for the most times hosting Saturday Night Live, that is. Cue a hasty departure from the restaurant as Martin rushes to Studio 8H to secure his position as the king of late night.

Martin Asks for a Raise
The same night, Martin approaches executive producer Lorne Michaels in hopes of getting a raise. After all, the paycheck for hosting duties is still $5,000, the same as it was when Martin delivered his first monologue in 1976. When Michaels refuses, Martin threatens to walk off the stage, but the SNL honcho has the ultimate bargaining chip: Alec Baldwin.

Going Platinum
In this bit from Season 32, we’re treated to a look at the Platinum Lounge backstage at Studio 8H, when host Alec Baldwin tries to give cast member Mya Rudolph a tour. Strangely enough, Baldwin’s frenemy, Steve Martin, is hanging out in the lounge, too, and offers to Baldwin a drink. Look for a pair of surprise cameos (sad as one of them may be) as the two catch up over a glass of Scotch, and Martin reveals his nefarious side.

A Baldwin Classic
In “Platinum Lounge” (above), Baldwin references an older sketch that he’ll never live down. A riff on a talk radio show, it features Baldwin as baker Pete Schweddy, a guest on NPR’s “Delicious Dish.” He’s there to talk about his Christmas goodies — everything from zucchini break to fruitcake — but one specialty is his best. They’re delicate and tender, but bigger than you might expect.

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin have a long history with Saturday Night Live. Which of their characters have been your favorites?

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