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05/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The SNL FAQ: #34.20 (Seth Rogen)

It's Sunday. You have questions about last night's Saturday Night Live. We have answers.

Did they open with a political sketch? YES. Fred Armisen delivered a speech supposedly from Europe as President Barack Obama, and after acknowledging all of the Euro love for him, told business leaders that his administration would not treat them any differently than they have the auto industry, when Obama forced out GM's CEO and told the car companies what's what if they want to keep getting federal subsidies. Which led to a random rundown of various businesses with Obama choosing sides. Apparently, he likes Coke and Pepsi (despite or perhaps because Pepsi changed its logo to look like his campaign banners?!). Spoiler alert?

How did the host do, and did he/she do anything outrageously funny? Seth Rogen noted upfront in his monologue that the second time around the SNL hosting train feels a bit different. If you like Rogen already, then you would be pleased with his effort. But I cannot think of anything he did that really stood out, good or bad. He was a good sport, though, in letting the cast poke fun at his looks, and the very idea that he was on to promote a second mall cop comedy movie in 2009.

Who played President Obama? Armisen. His vocal impersonation seemed way off this time around. Does that sort of thing matter to you? If so, then you'll still think SNL needs a new guy mocking the big guy.

Was there a digital short? YES Was it funny? NO. Unless you really want to hear Andy Samberg rap again. In this instance, he raps his office job performance review to say he thinks his a day in his life is "Like A Boss."

Was there a fake ad? Sort of, kind of. There was a taped sketch poking this weekend's number-one movie, with Rogen and Samberg playing off both of their tendencies to see homoeroticism as funny in a fake trailer for The Fast & The Bi-Curious.

Did the musical guest lip-sync or otherwise do something worth mentioning? Phoenix, a French band, sounded arty rock good but didn't look French.

Did my favorite character return? Yes, if you enjoy Bill Hader's Italian talk show host, Vinny Vedecci. And especially a thousand times yes if you loved Will Forte and Kristen Wiig playing country singing duo Clancy T. Bachleratt and Jackie Sned, selling songs about spaceships, toddlers, Model-T cars and jars of beer, this time with an Easter theme. Also, Kenan Thompson's French "Def Jam" comic, Jean K. Jean, appeared again on the Weekend Update desk to comment on Obama's European trip.

Were there any celebrity cameos? NO.

Did any celebrities get impersonated? YES. Newcomer Abby Elliott brought back her Angelina Jolie to poke fun at Wiig's Madonna after a Malawi judge rejected her bid to adopt another baby. And if you count comic strip characters and Muppets as celebrities, then there were a couple dozen more impressions to add to this list.

Did any politicians get impersonated? Jason Sudeikis put on the Blago 'do as indicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich pitched an idea to go undercover...as the governor of Illinois.

For the full recap and analysis of this episode of SNL, click here.