SNL's Kevin Hart Episode: 5 Best Scenes

Comedian Kevin Hart was a game and energetic host, but much of the material this week was subpar. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us."

Some highlights...

Cold open—President Obama (Jay Pharoah) demonstrates the real-world effects of sequestration, with help from air traffic controllers forced to watch Doritos ads before they can check radar, security screeners forced to rely on down-the-pants photos texted to them by travelers, and the Village People.

The Vatican introduces its new selection for Pope: 9-year-old child actress Quvenzhané Wallis (Kevin Hart).

The Walking Dead—Zombie apocalypse survivors Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon, and Nasim Pedrad (as 12-year-old Carl) aren't sure: is Kevin Hart a zombie, or are they just being racist?

Really!?! with Seth and Kevin—Seth Meyers and Kevin Hart take on the Supreme Court's skepticism of the Voting Rights Act. (Hart: "They say the act is unconstitutional? Look, the Constitution used to say I'm 3/5ths of a person. Don't get me wrong... I'm short—but I'm not that short...")

The monologue—Hart recalls his unsuccessful SNL audition.

Also: "Z-Shirts" pitchman Hart is a little too into his pitch; Hart beats out Vanessa Bayer for a Dove Chocolates voiceover gig.

NEXT, on March 9: Justin Timberlake as host and musical guest.

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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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