'Saturday Night Live' Season Opener Was Full Of Hilarious Surprises (VIDEOS)

barack obama impersonatorSeth McFarlane hosted the SNL season premier last night and if the rest of the year goes like yesterday then the show should be added to your "must watch" list. I laughed at almost every skit, some of which threw in hilarious surprises that reminded us why SNL has been on the air for so long.

Yes, the past few seasons have been more disappointing than not -- except for a few gems like Andy Samberg's digital shorts -- but I have really high hopes for this new season. Here's why:

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The sketches were short. Over the last few seasons the sketches were always so damn long. And so when you had the inevitable snoozer you couldn't just wait it out -- you ended up changing the channel. That didn't happen once last night! They were short and funny and kept me wanting more.

Jay Pharoah is now playing Obama. In the opening sketch Fred Armisen passed the Obama torch to Pharoah who went on to do a spot-on impression and OMG -- he was hilarious. I've been a big fan of his since he joined the cast and am thrilled he is going to be front and center this election season. Pharoah even got Obama's eyebrow movements. I'm telling you ... he is one funny guy and this is going to be a breakout year for him.

Jason Sedeikis is playing Mitt Romney and he killed it. I was really worried Sedeikis would jump ship with his other castmates and leave the show -- but he stayed and I'm thrilled. He is adorable and will make watching through November so much more entertaining. Okay, so I have a little crush. But for real -- he plays a great Romney! See for yourself ...

Korean pop star Psy showed up! What, you don't know who Psy is? Don't feel bad, neither did my husband -- and I talked about him in an episode of The Daily Stir last week! Anyhow, the skit showed an actor playing Psy -- jumping around on his imaginary horse and swinging that imaginary whip above his head (that's what he is doing, right?) And then out through the back stage door came the real thing. When Psy stepped out in front of the audience the crowd went wild. It was awesome.

Did you watch SNL last night? Are you looking forward to the new season?

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