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

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

The comedian, 57, is making her rounds promoting her new information, “Whats up Molly!: A Memoir,” and stopped by Howard Stern’s eponymous radio present Tuesday.

Shannon collaborated with Houston — who died in 2012 at age 48 — on a “Saturday Evening Dwell” sketch inside the ’90s involving the earlier’s infamous Catholic schoolgirl character, Mary Katherine Gallagher.

The “Moist Scorching American Summer time season” actress described to the shock jock, 68, how the sketch involving Houston obtained right here to be.

“Whitney was so good. They’re like, ‘She’s not going to be inside the sketch. She’s not going to do it,’ ” Shannon talked about. “I was like, ‘She’ll do it. Let me go talk about to her.’ “

Molly Shannon’s sketch character (correct) was trying to steal the spotlight from Whitney Houston all through a choir opponents rehearsal.
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The “I Will On a regular basis Love You” songstress was the musical customer on the Dec. 14, 1996 episode of “Saturday Evening time Reside.” Rosie O’Donnell was the host of that night time’s current and Penny Marshall made an look.

The sketch featured two nuns (O’Donnell and Marshall) prepping their school college students for a choir opponents. Houston carried out “the correct Jennifer,” a snobby well-liked girl who Mary Katherine tries to “out-sing” the holiday tunes “Little Drummer Boy” and “Sleigh Expertise.”

Shannon went on to note that whereas the Grammy winner was blissful to do the skit, the “White Lotus” actress was apprehensive that the singer wouldn’t current 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 happy the “Bodyguard” star to look in a sketch involving her Catholic schoolgirl character, Mary Katherine Gallagher.
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“Typically I’d see the place they may technique the musical customer and so they’d have too many traces or it’s too difficult,” Shannon added. “And I believed, ‘They don’t want to have all of this pressure memorizing these traces.’ So I merely knowledgeable Whitney, ‘Look, I’m going to play the Catholic school girl. You’re going to be like a snotty girl. All you will need to do is, merely do regardless of you want. You merely must be snotty, push in entrance me, out-sing me. You probably can say regardless of you want.”

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Shannon continued, “She was like, ‘Okay, I’ll do it, I’ll do it!’ So that’s how I acquired her to do it. And that’s what I meant. I was like, don’t even take a look at these papers, merely have pleasant!”

When it was time for the current to air, “SNL” alum Ana Gasteyer was all dressed and in a position to take the “Bodyguard” actress’ place, merely 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 customer on “Saturday Evening time Reside” on the Dec. 14, 1996 current.
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“Then the night time time that the sketch was on, she was not there however. And I was like, ‘Oh no.’ In order that they’d Ana Gasteyer robe inside the Catholic school outfit so she was in a position to go on stage,” the Ohio native talked about.

Nonetheless alas, Houston saved her promise.

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

As for O’Donnell, Shannon outlined how Houston and the earlier talk about current host interacted. “Rosie was good. She was so good, and Whitney was so good after,” Shannon mentioned. “She preferred being in that and she or he was like, ‘Lady, you’re crazy.’ She had so much pleasant. She had such an excellent humorousness.”