Reminder: Tampa's own Channing Tatum hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend

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This has nothing to do with music (unless you count the appearance by our old pals Bon Iver), but it still bears mentioning: Former Tampa resident Channing Tatum is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend.

channing.tatum_.jpgTatum is an Alabama native, but he spent his teenage years in Tampa and graduated from Tampa Catholic High School, as you can see from the Class of '98 yearbook photo at right. And, of course, he famously worked as a male exotic dancer in the Strip Club Capital of the South -- an experience that he has since turned into the movie Magic Mike, which filmed in and around Tampa Bay last summer with director Steven Soderbergh and costars Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn and Joe Manganiello.

Tatum is currently promoting two movies, Haywire and The Vow, but you'll see him in pretty much every other movie that comes out this year, including 21 Jump Street, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and, of course, everyone's most anticipated movie of the year, Magic Mike.

Regardless of his cinematic output, it's still noteworthy that someone from Tampa is hosting Saturday Night Live. But LEST WE FORGET, this isn't the first time it's happened. In 1981, Chamberlain High School graduate Lauren Hutton hosted with musical guest Rick James. Sarasota's Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman, hosted in 1985.

And then on March 30, 1985, Tampa's favorite son, Hulk Hogan, co-hosted SNL with Mr. T. This absolutely happened. Want proof? We've got their monologue after the jump.

Go ahead. Click. You know you want to.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 2, 2012 5:52pm]

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