'Saturday Night Live' Season Finale: Bill Hader and Fred Armisen Bye-Byes Upstage Ben Affleck
The final show for a "Saturday Night Live" cast member tends to be more emotional than outright funny. And as the final show for both Bill Hader and Fred Armisen (and maybe Jason Sudeikis), this season finale was doubly touching — but a little light on laughs.
The sweetest and funniest sketch of the night was Stefon's farewell. Over the years, we've grown to love Weekend Update's fabulous club correspondent and his wedding send-off was deservedly epic. It was also a nice nod to Seth Meyers, who will be leaving the show at the end of the year to take over "Late Night."
How hilarious was it when Stefon's groom turned around and was revealed to be Anderson Cooper? Who else applauded when all the Weekend Update recurring characters showed up to throw rice on Stefon and Seth?
Armisen's send-off was more sentimental than funny, but appropriate to him. His reprised his Ian Rubbish character and was joined by his "Portlandia" co-star Carrie Brownstein, as well as rockers Aimee Mann, Kim Gordon, and Steve Jones among others.
Though the evening's highlights were Hader and Armisen's farewells, host Ben Affleck proved he can be very funny. He gets knocked on his acting often, but his performance on "SNL" showed that maybe the Oscar winner should try a comedy next.
Best Cameo: Jennifer Garner, "Opening Monologue"
Affleck didn't get a parade of stars for his induction to the Five-Timers Club, but his wife stopped by to mock his infamous Oscar speech. Their banter is very cute (when is Garner going to host again), but it's not a comedic highlight.