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Last Night on "SNL": Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, and Justin Timberlake Usher in the Best Episode of the Season

By Dustin Rowles | TV | February 19, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | February 19, 2012 |

If “Saturday Night Live” had been as funny when Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph were cast members as it was last night, there’d have been a nice six or seven-year period when nobody would’ve said, “‘SNL’” isn’t funny anymore. This is what could happen if “SNL” brought in comedians every week instead of “movie stars.” Top to bottom, that was the best show of the season. There were no bad sketches. Some were better than others, but there was no fast-forwarding, except through the musical guest, Sleigh Bells, because I have no idea who Sleigh Bells is. The highlights were basically the whole show; you’d be wise to wait around until 1 EST and watch it in its entirety on Hulu because I’m about to post every damn skit (that’s available).

Linsanity Cold Open — “SNL” did a skit that was actually timely, insightful, and culturally aware. Impressive. And funny.

Bronx Beat — Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph reprised their old skit with Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg.

Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Baby — This was only a mediocre sketch until Justin Timberlake arrived with his impression of Bon Iver. Then it became a sublime sketch.

Really?! With Seth and Amy — On men and the birth control debate.

Weekend Update Highlights — Amy Poehler sticks around and co-anchors.

What’s Up with Dat? — I don’t like this sketch, but Sudeikis face is irresistible. Plus, Bill O’Reilly and Kate Upton’s cleavage.

Super Showcase — This sketch, by itself, was actually terrible, but neither Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, nor Bill Hader could keep it together because Rudolph couldn’t seem to keep a consistent accent. And while it’s sometimes obnoxious when the cast members crack up, it was insanely infectious here.

Cosby Obama Show — A mediocre skit elevated by the last 15 seconds, which were goddamn inspired.

How’s He Doing? — Three black people discuss what it would take for Obama to lose their vote (hint: Moving in with a busted-up white girl).

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