SNL's Paul Rudd Episode: 5 Best Scenes

The Sound of Music, One Direction's #1 fan, cameos by Kristin Wiig, Will Ferrell, Fred Armisen, and Steve Carell...

A relaxed and svelte-looking Paul Rudd, hosting for the third time, presided over a strong episode, in which Kristin Wiig, Fred Armisen, and Anchorman castmates Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and David Koechner made cameos. Musical guest One Direction performed "The Story of My Life" and "Through the Dark."

Some highlights...

For those who missed it, NBC offers a condensed version of The Sound of Music, starring Kate McKinnon as Maria, Taran Killam as Von Trapp... and Kristin Wiig as Dooneese. (Also featuring a cameo by Fred Armisen.)


Dan Charles: One Direction's #1 fan...


Snarky 1860s newspaper critic Jebidiah Akinson returns to Weekend Update to critique holiday specials from A Charlie Brown Christmas to Rudolph, Frosty... and the story of Jesus' birth.


White Christmas—everything you'd expect from a black holiday movie, but with white people.


The notorious Bill Brasky lives on. (Featuring Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Taran Killam, and Kenan Thompson).


Also: (Not currently online) The monologue—Paul Rudd and his Anchorman castmates Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and David Koechner challenge One Direction to a singoff of "Afternoon Delight"; Bar Mitzvah Boy Jacob (Vanessa Bayer) returns to Weekend Update to explain the meaning of Hanukkah; and Cecily Strong is haunted by the ghosts of lovers past (especially Papa John's employee Paul Rudd...)

NEXT, on December 14: John Goodman, with musical guest Kings of Leon.

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