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Ben McKee of Imagine Dragons can’t wait to share famous ‘Saturday Night Live’ stage


Imagine Dragons, left to right, Wayne Sermon, Daniel Platzman, Theresa Flaminio, Ben McKee and Dan Reynolds.

Imagine Dragons make their first appearance on “Saturday Night Live” tonight, and bassist Ben McKee is eager to perform on the same stage where Sean Connery (played famously by Darrel Hammond) chided Alex Trebek (in one of Will Ferrell’s great roles on the show).

“My favorite ‘SNL’ skit is probably 'Celebrity Jeopardy,' the one where 'Sean Connery' answered Final Jeopardy with ‘sucK it Trebek,’ ” McKee said in a text message Friday as the band prepped for its appearance tonight. Melissa McCarthy is the host.

McKee is a longtime ‘SNL’ fan and a pretty funny individual. He tells one of the great akavit-blackout stories you’ll ever hear.

I asked him for his introduction to the show and some of his favorite musical moments.

“The first cast I remember watching was the cast with Phil Hartman and Mike Meyers,” McKee said. “Phil Hartman was always my favorite cast member. He wasn't in a ton of sketches, but they were always great.”

John Belushi was a favorite, too, as McKee reached back to a historic moment from the show’s Not Ready for Prime Time Players.

“My favorite musical moment on ‘SNL’ was when Joe Cocker was the musical guest and John Belushi went out on stage with him as a second Joe Cocker,” McKee said. “There were moments when you couldn't tell who was who. John Belushi was amazing.”

And when I.D. itself is the focus of an impression, they will have reached the highest plateau of ‘SNL’ stardom. Start casting now.

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