SNL's Elton John Episode: 5 Best Scenes

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[This week's episode featured plenty of star power, with Elton John pulling double duty as both host and musical guest, and Tom Hanks, Carmelo Anthony, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Will Forte all making memorable cameos. Elton John poked gentle fun at himself in a straightforward but witty monologue—revealing, incidentally, that Lady Gaga is his son's godmother. He performed "Hey Ahab" and "Monkey Suit" with Leon Russell, his collaborator on The Union album.]

Some highlights...

ESPN Classic: Pete Twinkle (Jason Sudeikis) and his dimwitted sidekick Greg Stink (Will Forte) are back in off-color innuendo-spewing form as they host the K-Y Jelly Ladies Shot Put Championship—featuring appearances by Tom Hanks (as Forte's equally dimwitted brother Steve) and Carmelo Anthony (as female shot put star Carmella St. Knix).





Britain's "Knights of the Realm" (a.k.a. British celebrities knighted by the Queen) join forces to combat a dragon attack on London. [Bono (Andy Samberg): "When artists put their souls together, they can accomplish anything." Elton John: "Except a Spiderman musical..."]





Jake Gyllenhaal and a demented Nicholas Cage (Andy Samberg) drop by Weekend Update to discuss Gyllenhaal's new movie, Source Code. [Cage: "How am I not in that movie? It has all the elements of a Nick Cage movie: it combines time travel with screaming..."]





Elton John's visit to Buckingham Palace to discuss musical entertainment for the royal wedding morphs into a punk rock jam with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.





Bruce the gay cowboy (Elton John) rides into town on his fussy unicorn...





Also: Weekend Update—A surprisingly upbeat Qaddafi (Fred Armisen) shares his thoughts on U.S. foreign policy; Film buffs Dale Eberheart (Taran Killam) and his moody boyfriend Eric Sandrews (Elton John) discuss Sucker Punch with Vanessa Hudgens (Nasim Pedrad); Digital Short: Tom Hanks pitches Laser Cats, the musical (with Carmelo Anthony in a singing role).

NEXT, ON APRIL 9: Helen Mirren, with musical guest the Foo Fighters.

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On Election Day in 1996, TheAtlantic.com launched a weekly editorial cartoon feature drawn by Sage Stossel and named (aptly enough) "Sage, Ink." Since then, Stossel's whimsical work has been featured by the New York Times Week in Review, CNN Headline News, Cartoon Arts International/The New York Times Syndicate, The Boston Globe, Nieman Reports, Editorial Humor, The Provincetown Banner (for which she received a 2009 New England Press Association Award), and elsewhere. Her work has also been included in Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, (2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010 editions) and Attack of the Political Cartoonists. Her children's book, On the Loose in Boston, was published in June 2009.

Sage Stossel grew up in a suburb of Boston and attended Harvard University, where she majored in English and American Literature and Languages and did a weekly cartoon strip about college life, called "Jody," for the Harvard Crimson. From 2004 to 2007, she served as Books Editor of the Radcliffe Quarterly

After college she took what was intended to be a temporary summer position securing electronic rights to articles from The Atlantic's archive for use online. Intrigued by The Atlantic's rich history and the creative possibilities in helping to launch a digital edition of the magazine on the Web, she soon joined The Atlantic full time. As the site's former executive editor, she was involved in everything from contributing reviews, author interviews, and illustrations, to hosting message boards and producing a digital edition of The Atlantic for the Web.

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