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10/04/2009 01:51 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

SNL: Kathie Lee, Penelope, Liza Minnelli, Broadway And More (VIDEO)

"Saturday Night Live," hosted by "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris, kicked off the new year right.

After opening the show with a Rachel Maddow/Roland Burris/Rob Blagojevich skit, watch that one here, they had Harris alternately in spandex and in drag, while Kristen Wiig brought back one-upper Penelope and debuted an oversharing Katie Lee Gifford ("I am so menopausal".)

Here is the fourth hour of "Today" sketch, with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford and towards the end, Neil Patrick Harris dancing and hip-thrusting in spandex: Meanwhile Kristen Wiig's Penelope joined group therapy this week, and Liza Minnelli made a special appearance. Penelope's two best friends are Minnelli and a tomato: A skit on saving Broadway featured spot-on impressions from about a dozen shows, from the Blue Man Group to Cats to Annie, with Harris as a character from Rent: During Weekend Update, Charles Barkley explained why he got a DUI enroute to oral sex (starts about halfway into the clip of Update below): Neil Patrick Harris dressed in drag with some really long nails for to play an air traffic controller with everything under control: The monologue of "How I Met Your Mother" jokes and Doogie Howser remembrances: And the Frost/Other People skit, where David Frost asks the tough questions of people who are not Richard Nixon, from David Bowie to Rerun from "What's Happening."

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