SNL's Eli Manning Episode: 5 Best Scenes

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[Eli Manning delivered an endearingly goofy performance, displaying a surprising knack for physical comedy, and gamely playing everything from a ponytailed Occupy Wall Street protestor to—like every SNL athlete-host these days—a guy in drag. Rihanna performed a mashup of "Birthday Cake" and "Talk That Talk," followed by "Where Have You Been." Though her previous SNL appearances occasioned the Digital Shorts "Shy Ronnie" (December 2009) and "Shy Ronnie 2" (October 2010) with Andy Samberg, her appearance this time didn't feature a third. In tribute to the late Adam Yauch, the show aired a brief clip of the Beastie Boys' 1994 SNL performance of "Sure Shot." ]

Some highlights...

This Mother's Day, get Mom what she really wants... (Fifty Shades of Grey...)





At the EA Sports motion-capture studio, Eli Manning has a bit more trouble than Tim Tebo (Taran Killam), Victor Cruz (Jay Pharoah), Ray Lewis (Kenan Thompson), and Troy Polamalu (Andy Samberg) coming up wtih a signature post-touchdown move. ("So, Eli, when people think of Eli Manning, do you really want them to think of you making a sandwich, dropping the sandwich, then eating it off the ground?" "Yes, that would be ideal...")





Murder defendant Chad Kevin Jeremy (Eli Manning) shares with the court his "silly yet sexy" texts from the night of the murder.





Riffing on big brother Peyton's 2007 SNL United Way ad, Eli Manning films a public service spot for "Little Brothers." ("Because we all know that big brothers can be real d---heads.")





Sacha Baron Cohen drops by Weekend Update as The Dictator, with Martin Scorsese in tow.





Also: The monologue—Eli Manning shows off his burgeoning knowledge of New York City, with insider dining and entertainment recommendations (like for the New Jersey Olive Garden); Ancient WXPD News reporter Herb Welch (Bill Hader) is back, and is still hitting his interviewees in the face with his microphone; Kristin Wiig as crazy Tanning Mom.

NEXT, on May 12: Will Ferrell, with musical guest Usher. The final show of the season, on May 19, will be hosted by Mick Jagger.

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