Rosalind O’Connor/NBCJack White is in the midst of a big TV week. He guested on The Tonight Show Thursday, and he’s playing on Saturday Night Live this weekend.
Speaking with host Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, White talked about his new album, Boarding House Reach, their shared history as alter boys, and how the notorious gangster Al Capone inspired his song “Humoresque.”
As White explains, he purchased handwritten sheet music that Capone wrote while imprisoned in Alcatraz. After some research, he discovered that the lyrics were written to the music of a piano work written in the 1800s.
“It’s a beautiful song, for a murderer,” White laughs.
Ahead of his SNL appearance, White filmed a series of promos with the episode’s host, comedian and former SNL writer John Mulaney, and cast member Aidy Bryant. In one of the promos, Mulaney tells White that he lost his virginity to one of the musician’s albums. When White asks which one, Mulaney responds, “the one that just came out.”
“Haven’t you been married for four years?” Bryant asks. “Every marriage is different,” Mulaney replies.
White’s SNL episode airs this weekend.
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