A couple weeks ago, when Justin Timberlake made his fifth hosting appearance, he started the show by doing his best Elton John impersonation, singing a version of “Candle in the Wind” for recently deceased Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. But then NBC started pulling the clip from not just YouTube, but Hulu and NBC.com as well. Why? Because they’re all pinko commies.
Anne Hathaway hosted SNL this weekend, and one of the bits she did was a spoof of Homeland, where she did her best manic depressive Claire Danes impersonation. Also, what’s his balls does a pretty good Mandy Patinkin.
The newest member of the SNL cast is Kate McKinnon, whom I’ve never heard of til now, but she seems to be pretty fucking hilarious, as you’ll see in the video clips below. Granted, that’s no indication of her success on the show, since there have been plenty of SNL cast members who were funny until they were shoehorned into a whole lot of SNL unfunniness (Mark McKinney for example). And McKinnon is a lesbian, which is a first for the show, so there’s that.
This weekend, SNL spoofed Obama with a spoof of The Cosby Show, putting the Obamas and Joe Jamal Biden into a typical sitcom plot that takes a playful jab at Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity initiative. While SNL is often pretty hit or miss, this one is definitely a win.
Yes, it’s a scientifically proven fact that the past 30 years have seen a slow and sad decline in the quality of Saturday Night Live, but even when it’s bad, there are diamonds in the rough. So out of SNL’s long history, what are some of your favorite bits?