SNL's Paul Rudd-Paul McCartney Episode: 5 Best Scenes

>[This episode belonged as much to musical guest Paul McCartney as to host Paul Rudd. McCartney appeared in three sketches, and offered up not two, but four musical performances (including Beatles' classics "A Day in the Life" —which morphed at the end into John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance"—and "Get Back.") As for Rudd, he was relaxed and funny as host, and the material this week was strong.]

Some highlights...

A hilariously creepy Julian Assange (Bill Hader) broadcasts a warning video from prison:





Obama (Fred Armisen) is suffering from Stockholm syndrome after being held hostage (literally) by Republicans on tax reform:





Gay nighclub maven Stefon (Bill Hader) returns to offer tips on visiting New York city at Christmastime. (Once again, Hader can't stop cracking up over the weirdness of his lines):





Corporate executives Jake and Carolyn (Paul Rudd and Vanessa Bayer) are tripped up by their doorman, their cleaning lady, and their unpaid interns in the gameshow "What's That Name?":





Seth Meyers and Paul McCartney voice the parts of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in the student tuition riots:





Also: Surly lighting technician Geoff (Jason Sudeikis) ruins Paul Rudd's "Cabaret" rehearsal; Digital short — Andy Samberg and Paul Rudd stumble through a Dolly Parton song, with a brief interlude from Paul McCartney. (Not currently online).

NEXT WEEK: Jeff Bridges, with musical Eminem and Lil Wayne.

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