SNL's Lady Gaga Episode: 5 Best Scenes

Paxil for Obama; crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford shares his story with a credulous Lara Logan; Lady Gaga takes aim at herself, and more...

Lady Gaga poked ample fun at her persona and portrayed characters ranging from a nerdy Apple Store worker to a spunky child actor and a spot-on Marisa Tomei. As musical guest she performed "Gypsy" and a disturbingly choreographed "Do What U Want" with R. Kelly. The night's best musical performance may have been her cabaret version of "Applause" in the monologue.

Some highlights...

For the depressed U.S. president: Paxil, Second-Term Strength—powerful enough to treat symptoms like Benghazi, the NSA scandal, the IRS scandal, the Obamacare web site... (Not covered by Obamacare.)


Snarky nineteenth-century speech critic Jebidiah Atkinson (Taran Killam), of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Patriot & Union, weighs in on historic speeches from MLK's "I Have a Dream" to JFK's "Ask not..." and Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.


Crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford (Bobby Moynihan) finally finds a news outlet willing to believe his innocence. (With Kate McKinnon as 60 Minutes' Lara Logan.)


Blockbuster employees cope with the end of the world as they know it.


The Rosé Zone: bloodlust for women.


Also: Kim Kardashian (Nasim Pedrad) and Kanye West (Jay Pharoah) showcase their talents; and (not currently online) in 2063, a has-been Lady Gaga tries to get a glimmer of recognition from her building superintendent, Kenan Thompson. ("Sorry, I'm more of a classic rock guy: One Direction... The Smiths—both Willow and Jaden."); and the Worst Cover Songs of All Time—rapper Rick Ross (Kenan Thompson) covers "Cups (Pitch Perfect's When I'm Gone)"; Adele (Aidy Bryant) covers the LA Law theme song; Lana Del Rey (Cecily Strong) and Nathan Lane (Bobby Moynihan) cover Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me"; and Lady Gaga "covers" Madonna's "Express Yourself."


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On Election Day in 1996, 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.

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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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