'SNL' opens with a record, new ice cream proposal

September 25, 2011 - 1:05 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — "Saturday Night Live" opened its 37th season with a disputed hosting record and a defense of the new controversial Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor.

Alec Baldwin, hosting for the 16th time, staked his claim to the hosting record Saturday night. His friend Steve Martin, who formerly tied for the record with Baldwin, made sure Baldwin's accomplishment was legitimate by conducting a drug test, overseen by alleged expert Seth Rogen.

Baldwin also responded to protests of the new Ben & Jerry's flavor, Schweddy Balls, named after a late '90s sketch featuring Baldwin. In his monologue, Baldwin said there was a new flavor being released for the flavor's critics: "Go Fudge Yourself." A group of mothers, One Million Moms, has threatened to boycott the ice cream maker.

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