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Pants On Fire: SNL Cold Open Takes on Lance Armstrong, Manil Te'o, Jodie Foster (Video)

Photo of Caryn James By Caryn James | James on Screens January 20, 2013 at 10:40AM

Jennifer Lawrence was a likable host on SNL, pretending to trash-talk her Oscar contenders, but the writers didn’t give her their sharpest material. There was a commercial for Silver Linings Playbook during the show, but no sketch about it – what a lost opportunity (although Jason Sudeikis did wear Bradley Cooper’s trash bag workout clothes in a promo). Instead, the cold open gave us SNL at its topical best, with Piers Morgan welcoming a pants-on-fire lineup of guests.
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Jennifer Lawrence Jason Sudeikis

Jennifer Lawrence was a likable host on SNL, pretending to trash-talk  her Oscar contenders, but the writers didn’t give her their sharpest material. There was a commercial for Silver Linings Playbook during the show, but no sketch about it – what a lost opportunity (although Jason Sudeikis did wear Bradley Cooper’s trash bag workout clothes in a promo). Instead, the cold open gave us SNL at its topical best, with Piers Morgan welcoming a pants-on-fire lineup of guests.

There’s Sudeikis with Lance Armstrong’s pretend apology, Bobby Moynihan as Manti  Te’o, of  invisible dead girlfriend fame, and Kate McKinnon as Jodie Foster explaining her looney-tunes Golden Globes almost-coming-out. And Tarran Killam nails Morgan’s questions: “Wha’ Who? Wha’?”  

This article is related to: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook, Television, Saturday Night Live, Jason Sudeikis, Bradley Cooper, Lance Armstrong, Manil Te'o, Piers Morgan, Jodie Foster, Taran Killam, SNL

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