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Justin Timberlake Takes Starry SNL to Season Ratings High (VIDEO)

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood March 11, 2013 at 2:28AM

The opening monologue of Justin Timberlake's fifth turn hosting SNL started with the premise that the multi-talented charmer was now inducted into the "five-timers club" for people that have hosted the show on five or more occasions (linked below).
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Justin Timberlake SNL
Justin Timberlake SNL


The opening monologue of Justin Timberlake's fifth turn hosting SNL --the season's highest rated show--started with the premise that the multi-talented charmer was now inducted into the "five-timers club" for people that have hosted the show on five or more occasions (linked below). 

The skit begins with Paul Simon strumming a guitar as he welcomes Timberlake into the bar, with Steve Martin looking pleased in a smoking jacket. Dan Aykroyd has a gig as a bartender after only hosting once (he was an original cast member). As the skit continues, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Candice Bergen, Alec Baldwin, and Tom Hanks all saunter in. While their appearances were enough to induce laughs, the comedy icons continued to kill it throughout the evening.

Key sketch of the night: "It's a Date." The skit featured the two gentleman who recorded "Dick in a Box" (Timberlake and Andy Samberg) as well as a reunion of Two Wild and Crazy Guys (Martin and Aykroyd). Watch for yourself--this one is a treat and half.

This article is related to: Television, Television, TV, SNL, Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.