SNL's Zach Galifianakis Episode: 5 Best Scenes

Zach Galifianakis brought his off-kilter sense of humor to this week's episode to strong effect. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau made cameos.
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Zach Galifianakis, characteristically disheveled and eccentric, brought his off-kilter sense of humor to this week's episode to strong effect. Hangover compatriots Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms made cameos, as did Jon Hamm and Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Musical guest Of Monsters and Men performed "Little Talks" and "Mountain Sound."

Some highlights...

Cold open—Fox & Friends takes on Jason Collins' big announcement (after which a few fact-checking corrections are in order: "Kentucky Derby losers are not turned into IKEA meatballs... Kevin Costner does not live in Watertown...")

Dragon suit-clad Game of Thrones fanatic Duncan (Zach Galifianakis) struggles on the Game of Game of Thrones game show (featuring an appearance by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, a.k.a. Game of Thrones's Jaime Lannister).

The monologue—Galifianakis plays piano and delivers absurdist humor.

Technology correspondent Randall Meeks (Fred Armisen) drops by Weekend Update to demonstrate the stylishness and ease of use of Google Glass.

Darrell (Zach Galifianakis) makes a cable access show about having a friend over.

...Payoff is the final, edited version, which aired as the last sketch of the night.

Also: Martha Stewart for Match.com; James Carville (Bill Hader) drops by Weekend Update to comment on Congress's failure to pass expanded background checks; The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party returns to Weekend Update; racist M & M store employee Zach Galifianakis attempts to apologize to his coworkers; Commercial—New Balance shoes... made for running, but worn by chubby white guys; and (not currently online) The cast showcases their Jennifer Aniston impressions in the 15th annual Jennifer Aniston lookalike contest (in which Zach Galifianakis unhappily places last, and Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms take top honors).

NEXT, on May 11: Kristin Wiig with musical guest Vampire Weekend.

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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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