Day: May 10, 2009

SNL #34.22 with Justin Timberlake, Ciara

Or should I say, SNL #34.22 with Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, Susan Sarandon, Patricia Clarkson, Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Leonard Nimoy and Ciara? After some time away, Saturday Night Live returned with a flurry of celebrity cameos, as if to remind us that to be culturally relevant, you need to not only watch this show, but also appear upon it. But first. We opened cold with politics (and considering everyone in politics and the press was in D.C. celebrating at the White House Correspondents Dinner, it may be a day or two before they pick up on any of this). Will Forte as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announces the feds decided to issue a written test to banks in addition to the "stress test," but had difficulties coming up with a fair grading system. The result may be obvious, but the writers had more fun with the false answers some of the banks penciled in for the 50-question test. Watch: Now then…onto the show. Justin Timberlake took his third turn as SNL host, but if you think he has been on much more than that, well, you're right, because Timberlake has made multiple cameos in the past year. He is so, so comfortable there. So comfortable, in fact, that as he sang his opening monologue, he had a quick comeback for a fan's shout-out, and hopped into the lap...

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Wanda Sykes at the White House Correspondents Dinner

Wanda Sykes had the chance in 2009 to be the first to roast President Barack Obama and the press at the White House Correspondents Dinner. She got in a good jibe about VP Joe Biden, as well as the Obamas meeting Queen Elizabeth II. Sykes had tougher words for Obama's critics, though. As she said after one barb about Rush Limbaugh: "Too much?" Will this make you more or less interested to see what Sykes does with a weekly late-night talk-show on...

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