Do you ever wonder why SNL will have most hosts singing -- and usually really badly -- in the monologue to start each show? It has about a .200 batting average and everybody speeds through it on their DVRs like it has the engine of a 747, but it almost always happens. Why?
It's probably because Justin Timberlake does it so well. Lorne Michaels has visions of Timberlakes dancing in his head when, say, Jeremy Renner is on the show. But Jeremy Renner is not Justin Timberlake. No one is Justin Timberlake.
Because Justin Timberlake can give musical monologues like this.
Just as some farmers are born to farm and some cobblers are born to cobble, Justin Timberlakes are born to host SNL. JT is back doing that on Saturday. We've compiled his 10 best bits. And we left out the one about cobbling.--Ben Collins
10. J**z in My Pants
Did you know Justin Timberlake is technically in this in an absolutely essential role? He's mopping. Considering the amount of fluid getting tossed around in this song, I'm not sure this video would've been possible without him.--Ben Collins
Remember way, way back to the innocent '90s, to the time when you had "Justin + Britney" posters plastered all over your bedroom walls and you made your ninth-grade boyfriend wear a purity ring because Britney was going to be a virgin until marriage? That splash you hear is the sound of your childhood memories being thrown overboard by this sketch. It also features a handful of terrible yet close-enough-for-America Irish accents and calls 'N Sync a sweat shop -- what's not to like?--Kristin Knox
This didn't air, probably because Justin Timberlake calls Justin Bieber a "chipmunk that tries to act like a black man," but this sketch is better at recapping Justin Timberlake's entire career than his Wikipedia page. Then again, his Wikipedia page says his feet are made of Cracklin' Oat Bran. Sure, I just made it say that 20 minutes ago, but it doesn't make it any less true.--Ben Collins
Picture this: You have the choice between A) Jason Sudeikis or B) an a̶n̶a̶t̶o̶m̶i̶c̶ animatronic heartthrob with included marionette/ghost-town bartender getup. Despite the inevitable rust factor with option b., there would be that long desired off-switch, unless it/he goes all HAL 9000 on you. That said, who could ditch the loveably uninterested Jason Sudeikis? Some assembly d̶e̶s̶i̶r̶e̶d̶ required.--Shae Ryan
I once tried to wear what Justin is wearing in this video to a park once. I'm not allowed in parks anymore.--Ben Collins
Nothing like using two favorite actresses from your childhood as your best friend's mother with whom you get to spend an "all up under the covers day." Timberlake/Samberg were definitely fulfilling their Bull Durham and The Green Mile fantasies in this one. Bravo, men. Bravo.--Gabe Pasillas
This is the only sketch where indomitable savior of American culture Justin Timberlake can't keep it together. Jimmy Fallon's sing/whispering directly into JT's face does the trick. We'd prosecute Jimmy Fallon for doing this to the last Great American Hope, but we like that sketch "Models and Buckets" on his show too much.--Ben Collins
3. Target Lady
Here's a fun way to ruin your six months: Spend roughly 15 hours over that stretch trying to identify who, exactly, the color commentary guy from the Milwaukee Bucks, Jim Paschke, sounds like. I couldn't pinpoint it. Then I watched this sketch again. He sounds like an exact combo of Target Lady and Peg. If someone had just said, "Does it sound like his voicebox is covered in egg?" maybe I would've had known immediately.
Regardless, the potential for some sort of Peg & Target Lady movie--one that's like Laverne & Shirley but with tons of product placement for Axe Bodyspray--still has an almost 90 percent chance of being one of the best comedies of this century. It'd be like the Superbad of Wisconsin.--Ben Collins
The sleezeball, Chess King-wearing versions of JT and Andy Samberg think they don't want to have sex with each other, but we all know that they secretly do. And so they kind of do because it's OK when you have a honey in the middle, especially if it's Lady Gaga. Now, grab that six-pack of Bartles & James and make that triple connection.--Sheila Dichoso
1. Cut a hole in a box 2. Put your junk in that box 3. Make her open that box
And that's the way you win an Emmy, create a holiday classic, launch the The Lonely Island into fame, get covered by Incubus, and make Andy Samberg your new BFF.
But will you also get laid? Let us know.--Naivasha Dean
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