SNL's Jim Carrey Episode: 5 Best Scenes

>[A characteristically manic and hilarious Jim Carrey appeared in every sketch this week (save for Weekend Update and the cold open), making this one of the funnier episodes in recent memory. The Black Keys performed "Tighten Up" and "Howlin' for You."]

Some highlights...

Cold Open—Mayor Bloomberg offers reassurance to snow-traumatized New Yorkers, advising them not to look out the window, and promising to address such pressing questions as "Where does snow come from?" and "Will it stay forever?":





The Black Swan—Choreographer Thomas Leroy (Bill Hader) pits uptight ballerina Nina Sayers (Nasim Pedrad) against uninhibited temptress Lily (Jim Carrey) in a dance-off for the role of Black Swan:





The Worst of Soul Train, featuring The Maxwell Family ("We only have one bathroom..."), Diversity ("Can I just see one titty?..."), Triangle Sally, Klamydia, and more...





Creepy mechanical musicians (Jim Carrey, Taran Killam, and Bill Hader) come after Kenan Thompson at the fair:





Eighties celebrity impressionist-turned-psychic (Jim Carrey) conjures up Jimmy Stewart, Sammy Davis Jr, Growing Pains Dad Alan Thicke, and others...





Also: Redwing Blackbird (Andy Samberg) drops by Weekend Update to discuss the mysterious falling birds of New Years Eve; underdogs Andy Samberg, Vanessa Bayer, and Jim Carrey finally assert themselves (or do they?...); and grungy New Yorkers Fred Armisen, Jim Carrey, and Kristin Wiig creep out Marriott hotel guests with their musical performance.

NEXT WEEK: Gwyneth Paltrow, with musical guest Cee Lo Green.

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