SNL Just The Funny Parts: Neil Patrick Harris Is A Triple Threat

Has anyone done an investigation into what NPH did during all those years between Doogie Howser, M.D. and his recent multi-platform Lazarus-like comeback? It’s starting to seem like we could have used him, and that he let us down. Saturday night was his first time hosting SNL (though he says in his monologue that he almost got to host in 1990 but lost the gig to Fred Savage), and it looks like he has the potential to become another go-to-host-when-they-just-need-a-funny-show, like Alec Baldwin. After the jump, the five funniest moments, which were actually hard to choose this week for the first time in a long time — including the funniest non-Sarah-Palin sketch of the season so far.

5. The Frost/Nixon parody, Frost/Other People, mainly because of the critic blurbs. It’s so true!:

4. The Second Half Of The Today Show Sketch. The first half was cute, but dragged on. Free Hoda:

3. Neil’s opening monologue, which includes an appearance by “Mark Wahlberg”:

2. The Doogie Howser Orchestra:

1. Broadway: It’s a testament to the genius of this sketch that you don’t have to know ANYTHING about Broadway to get it. Every line is funny, except maybe the last, which is kind of Dad Humor. But the Avenue Q puppet’s massage line makes up for it:

Runners up would include Kenan Thompson’s Charles Barkley segment on Weekend Update (I know!), and Andy Samberg’s Billy Bob Thornton impression in the Two First Names sketch. (But don’t give me “Where’s Fran and Freba?” No sketch should ever be that long.)