Justin Timberlake Makes An Impression on Saturday Night Live
The Kanye Diss: What's maybe more impressive than the ratings is that Timberlake managed to slyly squeeze a rebuttal to Kanye West's "Suit & Tie" diss into his performance of the song, changing the lyric "aww, s*** so sick, got a hit and picked up a habit" to "my hit's so sick, got rappers acting dramatic." All this plus a Jay-Z assist, and it wasn't even the high point of the episode. JT would go on to perform second 20/20 Experience single "Mirrors," but again, it wasn't even the show's highlight.
Elton John Mourns Hugo Chavez: The show started out strong. Timberlake reprised his Elton John impersonation in the cold open, singing a personalized version of "Candle in the Wind" at the funeral of recently passed Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez — a rendition that was mostly notable for its serving to remind us that Chavez once put a red beret on a parrot. (Good luck finding video of this sketch, though. NBC doesn't typically share the SNL cold opens online.)
It's a D*** in a Box!: It's always a bonus to see Andy Samberg, especially when he joins Timberlake as the "D*** in a Box" guys. This was the first time the bit had been done live (instead of in digital short form), and it was great — great enough to save a dating-game sketch that was made almost unwatchable by Akroyd and Martin, who, in just a few minutes as the Festrunk Brothers (i.e., Two Wild & Crazy Guys), were able to completely kill what were once classic SNL characters. That's not all!
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