Justin Timberlake hosted SNL last night, and oh what a show it was. It was his fifth time in the gig, putting him in the hallowed Five-Timers Club, and the stars came out to welcome him into it, which he called "the most exclusive club in New York".
It was hard to keep up in the opening scene as Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, and Chevy Chase popped up. There was also Paul Simon and Steve Martin, who said, "I always thought if an 'NSYNC member made the Five-Timbers Club, it would be Joey Fatone." Also making appearances were Candice Bergen, Dan Aykroyd, and Martin Short. It was a blur of comedic legends.
JT held his own among them too. My favorite was the "It's a Date" skit in which he and Andy Samberg were "Dick in the Box" dudes, and Aykroyd and Martin came out as their classic "Wild and Crazy Guys". It was hilarious.
Justin did double duty as musical guest, and was on his best game -- and then some. Here he is getting down to 'Suit & Tie' with Jay-Z. Listen close for the extra line included that people are saying was a direct jab back at Kanye West, who recently said he wasn't feeling JT's song: "My hits so sick/ I got rappers actin' dramatic," he sang. Take that.
Overall, I'd say Justin killed it. He started out the show by worrying that he risked "disappointing everyone due to overly high expectations — thanks, Internet," but disappoint he did not. Good job, JT.
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