SNL's Anna Kendrick Episode: 5 Best Scenes

Fox & Friends, Les Jeunes de Paris, The Little Mermaid, Pharrell Williams' "Happy," and more...

SNL's season 39 continued its upswing this week, with Anna Kendrick ably singing, dancing, and presiding over an array of strong sketches. Musical guest Pharrell Williams performed "Happy" and "Marilyn Monroe."

Some highlights...

Les Jeunes de Paris—Taran Killam and Anna Kendrick bring back the absurdist French dance sketch, with help from "Cups," The Fifth Element, Madeline, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard.


Angela Merkel (Kate McKinnon) drops by Weekend Update to vent. ("Dealing with Vladimir Putin is like being cornered at a party by a guy who just started CrossFit...")


Kyle Mooney works himself up to asking out his neighbor.


Fox & Friends—Steve Doocy (Taran Killam), Elisabeth Hasselbeck (Vanessa Bayer), and Brian Kilmeade (Bobby Moynihan) welcome "Obamacare survivor" Anna Kendrick and scientist Mike Tyson Neil deGrasse Tyson (Kenan Thompson), after which a few factchecking corrections are in order...


Cold open—Kate McKinnon as GM CEO Mary Barra at the ignition switch recall hearing. (Barra: "Live from New York, it's Saturda—" Taran Killam: "No. You do not get to say that to escape testimony!...")


Also: (Not currently online) The Little Mermaid—asked by Ursula the sea witch (Aidy Bryant) to showcase her voice, Ariel (Anna Kendrick) performs Ke$ha, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, and Iggy Azalea; the monologue—Anna Kendrick spoofs Belle's "Bonjour" from Beauty and the Beast, backed by the SNL cast (and Lorne Michaels); Best of the White Guys—NCAA college basketball highlights—with bonus DVD, When It Was Fair: Basketball in the Early 1900s, narrated by Jimmy the Greek.

NEXT, on April 12: Seth Rogen, with musical guest Ed Sheeran.

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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.

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.

Stossel lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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