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Anne Hathaway Brought a Pound of Glee and an Ounce of Melancholy to Last Night's "Saturday Night Live"

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | November 11, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | November 11, 2012 |

Anne Hathaway hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the third time last night, and y’all: She’s great. Not necessarily the most gifted comedienne (although, she is quite funny), Hathaway always earns bonus points for effort and zeal, and she threw herself into last night’s show, starting with a Les Mis monologue that was modestly funny but brilliantly performed.

I watched that twice, and I don’t even care for Les Mis. Meanwhile, there was a touch of melancholy to the cold open. It may be our last sketch with Jason Sudeikis as Mitt Romney, and by all (liberal) accounts, Sudeikis has been the best part of Romney’s campaign. OK, and fine: It made me feel a little sadness for Romney, too. Keep chugging that milk, Mitt.

Can we talk about these pre-taped segments of late (I don’t want to call them Digital Shorts, because Digital Shorts belonged to Andy Samberg): Whoever is writing them has a deceptively intelligent and kind of dark sense of humor. A couple of weeks ago, we saw a mascot that no one would have at in Times Square, and this week, I give you Mokiki, who is equal parts comedy and tragedy.

If there was one huge highlight that folks will be talking about this morning, it’s Anne Hathaways’ dead-on impersonation of Claire Danes in “Homeland.” You won’t be able to watch “Homeland” the same way again.

On Weekend Update, pause the clip right before Seth Meyers’ makes a joke about the title of David Patraeus’ biography, All In, and try to guess which joke Seth Meyers’ will make. You’ve only heard 100 since Friday, and I’ll even increase your odds of guessing by weeding out all iterations of “that’s what she said.”

On Weekend Update, there was a segment with two gay men from Maine talking about their impending marriage that I wanted to include because I live in Maine, but I ultimately didn’t include because it wasn’t funny and more than a Mainer, I’m an American. However, Jay Pharoah’s Obama segment was pretty amusing.

Finally, I leave you with the Flaritin commercial, medication for your fake allergies.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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