SNL's Russell Brand Episode: 5 Best Scenes

By Sage Stossel
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[It was an episode short on sharp material and heavy on loud voices, broad humor and raunch (Brand feels up Vanessa Bayer, is groped by Kristin Wiig, flashes his knickers as a tea-drinking dowager, rubs noses with Bill Hader...) But it was a strong week for Weekend Update—and for newcomer Taran Killam who stood out in a handful of sketches. Chris Brown performed "Yeah 3X" and "No BS."]

Some highlights...

The monologue—Brand riffs on tight pants, fame, and marriage to Katy Perry.

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Hosni Mubarak (Fred Armisen) returns to Weekend Update to share his version of events, and to thank the American people ("because behind every horrible dictator is an enabling superpower...")

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Nightclub maven Stefon (Bill Hader, once again unable to keep a straight face) is back to recommend such romantic Valentine's Day attractions as midgets on rollerskates, Gizbo the coked-up gremlin, a wise old turtle who looks like Quincy Jones, 12 dancing "Jewpids," and more...

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Lil' Wayne and Eminem (a hilariously on-target Taran Killam) attempt to clean up their lyrics for Valentine's Day.

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Commercial—Frank Gublin, Attorney at Law wants to help you recover damages for injuries inflicted by Spiderman, the musical.

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Also: "Don' You Go Rounin' Roun to Re Ro"—the crime drama so British, it's unintelligible; Cold Open—Jason Sudeikis sends up The O'Reilly Factor.

NEXT, ON MARCH 5: Miley Cyrus, with musical guest The Strokes.

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