SNL's Andy Samberg Episode: 5 Best Scenes

A finale packed with cameos by former castmembers and others.

SNL once again pulled out all the stops for its season finale, with Andy Samberg producing two digital shorts and reprising some old favorite characters, including his unhinged Nicolas Cage. The episode also featured cameos by old friends and new, from Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Kristin Wiig, Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, and Martin Short, to Pharrell Williams, Paul Rudd, 2 Chainz, Tatiana Maslany, and Lil Jon. Musical guest St. Vincent performed "Digital Witness" and "Birth in Reverse."

 Some highlights...

Cold open—Jay-Z (Jay Pharoah), Solange (Sasheer Zamata), and Beyoncé (Maya Rudolph) finally explain the elevator incident.


The monologue—Andy Samberg squares off against former castmate Bill Hader (with Seth Meyers and Martin Short).


In a new installment of Get in the Cage, Nicolas Cage (Andy Samberg) drops by Weekend Update with Paul Rudd.


Fred Armisen and Bill Hader can't keep straight faces when they return as members of the Vogelcheck kissing family (with Kristin Wiig, Andy Samberg, Paul Rudd, Maya Rudolph, and Kate McKinnon).


Digital short—"When Will the Bass Drop?": Andy Samberg as an EDM DJ...

Digital short #2: Hugs—with Pharrell Williams and the Lonely Island.

Also: Former porn stars Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong are back, hawking "Bubble Goggi" [Bulgari] watches, with help from formerly conjoined twins Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dong (Andy Samberg and Kristin Wiig); Sad comedian Bruce Chandling (Kyle Mooney) drops by Weekend Update.


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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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