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Stefon, Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg, and Fred Armisen join Weekend Update for Seth Meyers' send-off; 28 Reasons to Hug a Black Guy; and more...

SNL bade farewell this week to head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor Seth Meyers. As host, Melissa McCarthy showcased her trademark go-for-broke physical comedy skills. Musical guest Imagine Dragons performed "Radioactive" with Kendrick Lamar and "Demons."

Some highlights...

Weekend Update: Seth Meyers says goodbye, with help from Stefon (Bill Hader), Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg, and Fred Armisen.


 

The monologue—a divaesque Melissa McCarthy battles Bobby Moynihan in an aerial kung fu fight.


 

Jay Pharoah, Kenan Thompson, and Sasheer Zamata perform their Black History Month rap, 28 Reasons to Hug a Black Guy Today (reasons 2-28: Slavery).


 

New women's group member, P.J. (Melissa McCarthy) has somewhat unorthodox goals...


 

Kyle Mooney brings his man-on-the-street interviews to SNL, with a pre-Super Bowl report from Times Square.


 

Also: What your girlfriend really wants for Valentine's Day: "Some dumb little thing from CVS"; Reporter-threatening Congressman Michael Grimm has nothing on Delaware Congresswoman Sheila Kelly (Melissa McCarthy): "I am freshman Congressman Sheila Kelly, and I am invincible...; Contestant Melissa McCarthy hijacks Guess That Phrase.

SNL next returns March 1, with new Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost. (Host and musical guest not yet announced.)

 

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