Saturday Night Live: Justin Timberlake And Lady Gaga

Gabe Delahaye | May 23, 2011 - 9:30 am

The thing about Justin Timberlake is that he makes really enjoyable pop music and is relatively entertaining overall as a performer, very charismatic and with decent comic timing, but he is so aware of his abilities at this point that it translates into arrogance, which is the death of comedy. I’m not saying this weekend’s season finale of Saturday Night Live wasn’t good, because it was, or that Justin Timberlake didn’t do a decent job hosting, because he did, but his appearances now lack the fun and excitement of discovering that, say, Brian Williams actually knows his way around a joke (or the fun and excitement of discovering that Justin Timberlake actually knows his way around a joke). And truth be told, Justin Timberlake STILL isn’t the comedian that he seems to believe himself to be. He’s talented in other ways! And very rich! But there’s a certain laziness to his performing that is like Shaq putting out a hip hop album. Come on, dudes! It’s not that easy, and in some ways you are the proof of that!

Anyway, it may have taken a whole year (or 36 years?) but they finally got the cold open right:

Timely, relevant, funny enough, and not a million hours long! (I also liked Obama’s stand up comedy routine in last week’s cold open. Going out with a bang, cold open-wise, this show.)

There were also two recurring sketches that are always enjoyable: Herb Welch:

And Secret Word:

They also brought back the broken-down amusement park ride sketch that they did with Jim Carrey.

That is a good sketch! I am glad that is a recurring sketch now!

The episode was pretty light on celebrity cameos, especially for a season finale. There was a blah Bradley Cooper cameo during Weekend Update, and then Jimmy Fallon returned for an “episode” of the Barry Gibb Talk Show.

Jimmy Fallon hardly counts as a celebrity cameo since he is a celebrity BECAUSE of being on SNL in the first place. That is like your mom calling you a celebrity cameo when you show up for Thanksgiving. If we’re going that route, then there was another celebrity cameo this weekend: STEFON!

Of course, because it was a Justin Timberlake episode (I refuse to ever say or type “JT” — DAMNIT!) they of course did the advertising mascot sketch. I was surprised that they used it up right at the top of the show because that is the kind of thing I get surprised at now?

And because it was a Justin Timberlake episode, there was of course a Digital Short with Andy Samberg, bad r&b, worse (better) outfits, and helicopter dicks called “3-Way (The Golden Rule)”:

Very racy! Kind of too racy! A little gross, really!

As an easter egg for the superfans, there is also a sketch from the dress rehearsal that was cut for the actual show in which Justin Timberlake plays Mozart and talks about giving up music for acting. It’s not bad! They might have wanted to use this instead of the What’s That Name sketch, which was funny enough until Lady Gaga ruined it.

Well, that’s that. Another season of SNL down. Wrap party! Here’s to 14,000 more seasons, probably. HAVE A GREAT SUMMER, PALS, WE WILL SEE YOU IN THE FALLLLLLLLL!