Jimmy Fallon one of the great alums from the illustrious and historic run of “Saturday Night Live” returned home to Studio 8H in Rockefeller Centre Plaza on Saturday night to host the longtime NBC sketch comedy series for his first time since leaving the cast in 2004.
Fallon’s return had me and many others around the country beaming and grinning from ear-to-ear throughout the entire 90-minute episode. You know Fallon made it great night for me as a fan personally because even Kristen Wiig who normally I find insufferable wasn’t all that bad during Saturday night’s (Dec. 17) episode.
The show opened up with one of Fallon’s most memorable bits from his stint as castmember, the Boston Teens, along with former castmate Rachel Dratch. Dratch would be one of many former castmates joining Fallon on the night. Surprisingly though this was the only bit from the “old days” that Fallon brought back – though that didn’t hinder the show any.
Fallon’s monologue was one of the more memorable and better ones in recent years as he ran through the halls with guitar in hand singing about how great it was to be back on ‘SNL.’ It wasn’t particularly funny, but sometimes energy suffices for humor perfectly and that was the case with the monologue. It was also nice to see ‘SNL’ leave the stage for once during a monologue and run around back stage, which is something that used to do often, but haven’t lately.
The funniest bit of the night was a faux commercial for a Michael Buble (the music guest on the night) duets Christmas album that including wonderful impressions from many castmembers and Fallon. Fallon was hilarious impersonating Sting, Justin Bieber and comedian Russell Brand. Other funny impressions including Fred Armisen as Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, Jay Pharaoh as Kanye West, Taran Killam as “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery, Nasim Pedrad as rapper M.I.A and Wiig as Taylor Swift.
Other funny sketches during the episode included Fallon’s impression of Regis Philbin joining Wiig’s Kathy Lee Gifford on “Today” and Jimmy Fallon’s reflections where he looked at a younger him (played by Andy Samberg) in the mirror and talked about coming back to host. This sketch mirrored one of Fallon’s most memorable bits as a castmembers where he impersonated Mick Jagger on one side of the mirror while the real Mick Jagger was on the other side.
The final sketch of the night was one of the show’s most memorable with Jason Sudeikis playing Jesus Christ who shows up in the Denver Broncos lockerroom after a game to basically tell the Jesus-crazed Tim Tebow, played by Killam, to calm down a little bit. It was a gutsy call by ‘SNL’ to take on America’s newest “it boy” like that, but also much-needed.
The moment that I hoped would occur during the episode was for former castmates Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan to join Fallon on stage for another performance of their ‘SNL’ classic Christmas tune “I Wish It Was Christmas Today.” Despite hoping all week for it, I figured it wouldn’t be likely to get all three of those guys together just for one two-minute bit, but thankfully they all showed up and made yet another lasting memory for this longtime fan.
Weekend Update was also extremely memorable as Fallon, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, all former Update anchors, joined current Update anchor Seth Meyers for a “joke off” about a strip club offering free lap dances for anybody that donates a toy for needy children during Christmas. This moment was actually somewhat historical as it included every Update anchor on the show since 2000.
The episode overall fits in fairly nicely with the previous episodes hosted by Jason Segel and Ben Stiller this season for the funniest episode, but by far was the most fun episode of the season, so far. Jimmy Fallon is certainly welcome back to host the show whenever he wants.
“Saturday Night Live” can be seen locally on KARK Conway Corp. Channel 4 on Saturday nights at 10:30.