SNL's Will Ferrell Episode: 5 Best Scenes


[Returning SNL great Will Ferrell headlined a mostly strong episode, reprising his classic George Bush impersonation, and—together with fellow SNL alum Ana Gasteyer—bringing back '90s duo The Culps. Also making appearances were Liam Neeson, Ferrell's mother (whom he brought up on stage during the monologue), and former castmember Will Forte. A high point was the star-studded Digital Short, which featured Justin Bieber, Natalie Portman, and Justin Timberlake, among others. ]

Some highlights...

Cold open—After his Meet the Press/gay marriage gaffe, sulky Joe Biden (Jason Sudeikis) holes up in his White House room with pal George Bush (Will Ferrell), who assures Biden, "I've been there: I used to catch grief all the time from President Cheney..."

Digital Short—The Lonely Island celebrates its 100th Digital Short with an all-star mashup of favorites, featuring cameos by Justin Bieber, Natalie Portman, Justin Timberlake, Michael Bolton, Jon Hamm, and others.

Get in the Cage—Nicolas Cage (Andy Samberg) drops by Weekend Update with Liam Neeson to discuss Neeson's new movie Battleship, and to reveal that he too is at work on a board game-inspired movie: "It's called Hungry, Hungry Hippos. I play a marble that escaped from Hell to exact revenge on the hippos that killed my daughter..."

ESPN Classic airs the 1994 Ladies Long Drive Championship, hosted by Pete Twinkle (Jason Sudeikis) and oblivious co-anchor Greg Stink (Will Forte), sponsored by Stayfree Maxi Pads. Also featuring inebriated news correspondent Randy Feather (Will Ferrell), with live updates from the O.J. Simpson Bronco chase.

Seth Meyers takes on the Time magazine breastfeeding cover, in a new installment of Really!?! With Seth. ("I'm pretty sure that kid's going to grow up to co-manage a motel with his mother's skeleton...")

Also: (Not online—presumably for music copyright reasons) Altadena Middle School music teachers The Culps (Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer) take the stage at Wilson High School's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Prom, where they showcase their unique renditions of LMFAO's "I'm Sexy and I Know It," One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful," Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass," and more.

Musical guest Usher performed "Scream" and "Climax."

NEXT, on May 19: Mick Jagger, with special guests Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, and Jeff Beck.

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