Saturday Night Live Was Actually . . . Good?

By 02.20.12

For the first time since she left the show as a regular cast member Maya Rudolph returned to host Saturday Night Live this weekend. The result was a surprisingly competent overall production, with a few standout sketches relying heavily on Rudolph’s skills. Amy Poehler and Justin Timberlake also made great guest appearances in multiple segments, and there was even a cameo from Kate Upton (obligatory photo above).

You can watch that cameo in the “What’s Up With That?” sketch here. I’m not embedding the video, or even recommending it, because not even Kate smiling or Jason Sudeikis doing the running man could save that one. What I will do is embed some of the funniest ones after the break, whether you like it or not, because (to quote Amy Poehler), “Don’t tell me what to do!”

Cold Open: Linsanity Postgame

This is the best commentary I’ve seen so far on the lazy racist comments being made about Jeremy Lin in the media. Yes, he’s an Asian guy who plays basketball. Wow. That’s never happened before except all the other times it did. (Spoiler alert: one of these guys gets taken down like a headline writer for

Also, this is the only Lin pun I ever need:


Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s Baby

(If you can’t watch Hulu, this YouTube version may still be working.)

Jay Pharoah and Maya Rudolph do a surprisingly good Jay-Z and Beyoncé impersonation, Fred Armisen channels Dave Chappelle’s version of Prince, Nasim Pedrad does the best (only?) Nicki Minaj impression, and Justin Timberlake shows up to mimic Bon Iver so well we’re surprised he didn’t require two microphones.



Really? With Seth And Amy: Birth Control

In my favorite segment of the night, Amy Poehler reunites with Seth Meyers to rant about the frothing idiocy said and done about women’s reproductive rights this week.

Weekend Update Highlights

I can’t lie, I’m only posting this for the Shakira joke.

How's He Doing?

Maya Rudolph, Jay Pharoah, and Kenan Thompson ponder what it would take to get them to not vote for Obama.

Maya Angelou Prank Show

I will watch Maya Rudolph impersonate Maya Angelou for any premise, and if the premise is something as deliciously absurd as a Maya Angelou prank show, even better. Does her sassiness upset you?

Bronx Beat

Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph share too much information on their daytime chat show, while Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg want to hit that. Bringing sexy back.

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