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Justin Timberlake’s All-Star, All-Good SNL (Video)

Justin Timberlake's All-Star, All-Good SNL (Video)

Justin Timberlake was totally aware of the high expectations for his
hosting gig on SNL  – “Thank you, Internet,” he said during the
monologue – but there was no need to worry. He was so on, he even gave
just the right sly, I-know-it’s-hokey reading
to the line “Five Timers Club” when announcing his membership as a
five-time host.

That sketch, which trotted out an all-star
line-up of
mostly graying elders including Paul Simon, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin
and Tom Hanks, wasn’t nearly as clever as the rest of the show, which
let Timberlake take charge as everything from a singing dancing Tofu to a
good-old-boy court bailiff. But the best sketch might have been the
first, when Timberlake as Elton John proved that “Candle in the Wind”
can be adapted for anyone’s funeral, even Hugo Chavez’. (That clip isn’t
on-line.)

The show sometimes played like a greatest hits/reunion show
in a good way. Take a look at another highlight, “It’s a Date,” a faux
television game show with Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin returning as two wild
and crazy guys, and –  even better  – Timberlake and Andy Samberg as
the “Dick in a Box” duo with some new songs to seduce their potential date.

Among their
latest priceless lyrics: “Girls Can’t Get Pregnant in Summertime.” (How did
certain misinformed Republicans miss that idea during the last election?)

Here’s the opening and “Five Timers Club”:

And here’s Timberlake with Jay-Z doing “Suit and Tie”:

The dancing Tofu goes through a range of
musical styles to rival Timberlane’s classic “History of Rap” with Jimmy Fallon, who was not not one of the SNL guests, then TImberlake will
be on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” every night this week, so there’ plenty of
time for them to catch up.

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