'Saturday Night Live' Icons Welcome Justin Timberlake to the Five-Timers Club
Let's give Justin Timberlake a high-five for his latest "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig.
For his fifth time hosting, Timberlake brought in big-name cameos and brought back several beloved characters from the past (and the way, way past).
The evening started with a 1-2-3 punch of great sketches, but unfortunately that high level couldn't be sustained to the end. Still, JT showed exactly why he deserved to become a member of the exclusive Five-Timers Club -- the guy just has it. He's got a special blend of charisma, charm, silliness, and showmanship.
JT's monologue turned into a bit with the rest of the Five-Timers Club, first seen when Tom Hanks joined the group in 1990. At the club, he's greeted by a shrunken Paul Simon with guitar in hand and hammy Steve Martin joking, "I always thought if an *NSYNC member made the Five-Timers Club, it would be Joey Fatone." Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were served by bartender Dan Aykroyd and waiter Martin Short, who've both have not yet earned membership into the club. Later, Timberlake meets Chevy Chase -- "Oh my god, I just realized I'm standing next to the 'Three Amigos,'" he exclaimed. But the cameos didn't stop there: Alec Baldwin, Hanks, and Candice Bergen, all wearing navy robes with a "5" crest, also stopped by to congratulate the newest club member.
We're already looking forward to Timberlake's No. 6.
Here's what we thought of the rest of the night's sketches ...
BEST: "It's a Date"
Vanessa Bayer's bachelors were: No. 1, Bobby Moynihan. No. 2, woohoo! The guys from "D--k in a Box" (yep, Andy Samberg is back). And No. 3 -- time for jaws to drop -- it's the "Wild and Crazy Guys," the classic characters played by Martin and Aykroyd! They end up having a sing-off for the lady's affections, with the "Box" guys crooning lines like, "Ladies can't get pregnant in the summertime. … Science." Amazing stuff, and so great to see the return of both sets of "SNL" faves.
Timberlake reprised his street vendor character from "Homelessville" and "Liquorville." Seeing JT dressed in a ridiculous costume and singing silly lyrics will never, ever get old. At the end, when he does a vegan version of "The Harlem Shake," it was just the icing on top of the (vegan) cake.