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“Saturday Night Live” contacted 88-year-old actress Betty White to host a May 8th broadcast of the program after fans created a massive Facebook campaign to get her there. If it works for her, it can work for anyone. There’s apparently a new, similarly massive, Facebook campaign to get an SNL episode hosted by Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

Zizek, a professor of philosophy and psychoanalysis at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, knows a great deal about trends in politics, philosophy, literature, and even pop culture. His lectures are apparently a wonderful synthesis of these ideas. According to his faculty page, Zizek “has dazzled his peers and confounded his critics for over ten years.”

Yes, with lectures like this (Zizek starts at :35):

Putting Zizek on SNL might actually not be such a great idea, however. The biggest problem appears to be that Zizek is only funny, well, for an academic. According to an article in the Huffington Post:

The [Facebook] group’s wall is abuzz with excitement, some cheering on Hanna and others contemplating what a Zizek-hosted episode of SNL would look like. One poster writes, “…isn’t SNL supposed to be funny? I mean, Zizeck [sic] can be ironic, but i find myself listening to him only when I’m in need for validation of my crippling depression….”

Eh, it could be worse.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer