The star-studded opening was enough to cause the nine cigar-chomping, beer-drinking guys I was playing poker with to actually freeze an "All-In" raise, mid-hand, in order to watch it as it happened.
Justin Timberlake was, as always, a great "SNL" host and seems to actually be enjoying every minute he's on screen -- which was a lot, considering that Timberlake, including his musical performances, appeared in all but two segments last night.
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.
SNL Takes On Sequester.. On Friday night, President Barack Obama signed an executive order activating the across-the-board spending cuts known as "sequestration" that came as a result of an ongoing political budget standoff. Saturday Night Live explains the sequester, having an Obama impersonator bring up examples of folks affected by these cuts. Start at 1:15 to see a Philadelphia public schools teacher who was supposedly laid off. (Hint: The glee of her reaction to leaving that job is off message for Obama's grim tone. "Good luck reading Beowulf, you monsters," she says.)
Kevin Hart came with a ton of energy (perhaps too much at times), but the material was mostly second rate. It certainly wasn't a terrible show, but it wasn't a good or particularly memorable show, either.
Christoph Waltz was fantastic, which resulted in the best SNL of the season. Waltz is the type of actor who can do almost anything and it felt like there was a lot of saved up material, just waiting for a host that could do almost anything.
Because the Internet is wonderful, a Freedom of Information Act request was filed for every complaint about SNL the FCC has received in the last five years. Here are the most insane ramblings we could find.
The entire show was about Justin Bieber -- and "SNL" is at its worst when the show is about the host as opposed to the host integrating him or herself into the cast.
The notion that simply acknowledging Jackson's absurd statements lends them credence is a valid one. Granted, her lunacy doesn't deserve any additional attention. However, it's important to note that Jackson is, for better or worse, a public figure with a following.
Each Monday on Channel Surfing, What's Trending quickly flips through the best of what's happening around YouTube and serves it up for your viewing pleasure.
While out for a walk in my neighborhood this week, a mom I know, driving her well-used Suburban, called out to me. She has six children -- the youngest is in middle school, the oldest is several years out of college.
Adam Levine certainly didn't phone it in -- like we've seen other "SNL" hosts do this season -- but, like many a musical guest-turned-host before him, this just really didn't work out.
Saturday night's Jennifer Lawrence-hosted edition of SNL was... not good.
As I plan for the January 28th Dinner Party, I am still getting comments on the last Dinner Party with guests Peter Sagal of Wait, Wait...Don't Tell M...
In 2013, one of my New Year's resolutions is to be like my favorite funny girls: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Zooey Deschanel.