- Sketch: Miley Cyrus Show with Johnny Depp (From the Bryan Cranston episode)
- Christine O’Donnell Gets Vetted (From the Amy Poehler episode)
- Hassles at the Globe Theater (from the Gwyneth Paltrow episode)
- The mom’s boyfriend talk show (Jane Lynch episode)
- Mort Feingold: Celebrity Accountant (Helen Mirren episode)
6. Catherine meets the Queen and King (Host Anne Hathaway)
As some Americans were soaking up the glamour of Prince William’s royal wedding and other Americans were scratching their heads about what was so monumental about a wedding in England, SNL took the opportunity to slay the golden calf that is the British royal house in hilarious fashion. Bride-to-be Catherine Middleton (Anne Hathaway) discovers in her first private meeting with the Queen and Prince Phillip that they are really thieving low-lives with cockney accents.
7. Stars of Tomorrow (Scarlett Johannsen episode)
Scarlett Johannsen and Vanessa Bayer play two of the greatest actresses of children’s theater according to various talking heads in this mockumentary. The actresses hilariously ham up monologues from “Forrest Gump,” “The Color Purple,” “On the Waterfront” “A Few Good Men” and “Brokeback Mountain.”
8. Osama Bin Laden’s video will
SNL can be so unimaginative with their opening sketches that I half-expected the episode following Bin Laden’s death to result in another Presidential or vice-presidential press conference. Instead we had a more imaginative alternative: Osama’s video living will in which he asks that due to his deadly fear of fishes he asks that noone bury him at sea. Other highlights include his trust of the Pakistani government and how diluted his estate will be when diluted among 750 grandchildren and 11,000 nieces and nephews.
9. Hassles at the Globe Theater (from excerpt)
The fairly simple premise is what if the hassles that we get with modern movies-having to put up with previews, cell phones going off, oversized concessions, etc.- existed in Shakespeare’s time. Because a Black Eyed Peas song was used, the skit wasn’t shown on hulu or Netflix due to licensing problems, so please enjoy my favorite line and this excerpt: “In case of fire, the emergency exits are nowhere, so please make your peace with God”
10. Livin’ Single (Host: Russell Brand)
Vanessa Bayer was a great addition to the cast this season (not to take anything away from the other new arrivals) because she’s a great actress from which the burden can be eased on Kristn Wiig. This sketch works entirely because of her selling it. First, she sells us on being a woman who’s so fiercely proud of singledom that she can inspire other single women in her own talk show. Then she sells us on being someone who’s slowly being seduced out of it all by Russell Brand.