Heritage High School teacher performs on NBC's Saturday Night Live
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RINGGOLD, GA (WRCB) -
A sign language interpreter is back at her North Georgia high school job after appearing in a Saturday Night Live skit.
Jodi Upton, who teaches at Heritage High School, landed a part in a sketch about re-gifting Christmas candles with cast members and celebrities.
One of Upton's friends is a stand-up comic in New York City, and received an e-mail from SNL casting last week. The show asked if anyone knew of a sign language interpreter who might want to appear in a skit.
The next day, Upton was on a flight to New York.
"I got my two seconds. I can say I was on Saturday Night Live. It was amazing," she said.
Upton is no stranger to performing. She interprets shows at The Colonnade in Ringgold.
Last week, a friend told her to send a tryout video to the SNL's casting director. She was given no music -- just a few obscure lines about candles.
Upton was asked to fly out the next day. She arrived on set Friday and filmed for a few hours.
"They changed me several times into awful, gaudy 80s/90s Christmas clothing, until they had what they liked," Upton explained. "They swapped my glasses out for the big 90s glasses."
Extras and cast members performed separately, but she did have one run-in, by accident, with SNL's Aidy Bryant in the makeup room.
"I wanted to fangirl, but I was afraid I'd get kicked out," Upton said. "So, I just kind of stood there, like I belonged here, and then left. So no cool selfies or anything."
The sketch has caused quite the buzz this week at HHS, where Upton said that she actually loves getting candles as teacher gifts.
"At school today, the kids were like, Ms. Upton! We're buying you a candle for Christmas!" she laughed. "But I actually like it! Now I'm afraid no one will get me any (candles) because of this, but hopefully I'll get more. Maybe? We'll see."
Here is SNL's "The Christmas Candle" in its entirety: