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Some folks heard Paul Simon for the first time on ‘SNL’ last night

The legendary musician turned 77 last Saturday.


Joseph Knoop


Posted on Oct 14, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 4:11 am CDT

Saturday Night Live has done its darndest to keep up with the times, consistently referencing and riffing on pop culture figures like President Trump and Stranger Things, but on Saturday, the show got nostalgic for old host and musical guest Paul Simon, who hosted during the show’s first season. Some might say a bit too nostalgic, considering a portion of SNL’s audience evidently learned who Paul Simon is for the first time last night.

Paul Simon (perhaps better known as the “Simon” in “Simon & Garfunkel”) was on SNL to celebrate his 77th birthday. Last night marked his ninth musical guest appearance and 15th appearance overall. Former head writer and current late-night hose Seth Meyers hosted the show. 

Simon joined last night’s SNL to perform a string- and woodwind-based instrumental version of “Can’t Run But” from his new album In the Blue Light. “Can’t Run But” was originally from his 1990 album The Rhythm of the Saints.

Turns out an SNL musical performance that wasn’t a rock band, a pop star, or Arcade Fire doing whatever it is they do confused and/or excited some folks.

Some people were upset that Paul Simon wasn’t more popular with the modern SNL crowd.

Some millennials also took the opportunity to put baby boomers in their place.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Twitter without a couple shots at Kanye’s epically awkward praise for President Trump while wearing a MAGA hat, among other antics.

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*First Published: Oct 14, 2018, 10:50 am CDT