Watching "SNL" this week, we had a thought that BLEW OUR MINDS: You know how some celebrities have that late-career renaissance--that moment when suddenly everybody wants to talk about them again, when their mere appearance in movies gets laughs and applause? Betty White's having it; Christopher Walken had it; Bill Murray had it; someday, we're betting, Paul Rudd will have it. But here's the crazy thing: Justin Bieber is having his RIGHT NOW. That's right, even as he's at the height of his popularity, by some cosmic twist of fate he's having his ironic-late-career-cameo renaissance at the same time. Chilling, right?
I guess what we're trying to say is that Justin Bieber was on "SNL" this week. He wasn't the host or musical guest; he was just…there. Dana Carvey hosted and was pretty good. Linkin Park performed and were horrific. Also, there were celeb impressions. Check out our favorites below.
The Kardashians (HAHAHA) and Snooki (HAHAHAHA ha)
It was cool to see Dana Carvey doing some of his old sketches this week, but also kinda a downer, you know? The show opened with him and Mike Myers doing Wayne's World--as introduced by the late Phil Hartman's recorded voice. Yikes. This sketch was funny not so much for Dana Carvey's church lady, which hasn't aged super-well, but for the people playing off him. Nasim Pedrad, Abby Elliott and Vanessa Bayer did their Kardashians impression, which is funny but for the love of Lamar Odom can't they get the intonation right? Bobby Moynihan's Snooki impression was as perfect as ever. He doesn't so much imitate Snooki's personality as inhabit her soul. And then there was Bieber. We guess his appearance was funny? We're not even sure anymore. The Biebster is making us question the very nature of comedy.
Alan Alda (HAHAHAHA), Mickey Rooney (HAHA ha), Ice-T (HAHAHAHAHA), Anna Faris (HAHA), Eddie Murphy (HAHAHA ha)
What's the best way to cram a bunch of completely random celeb impressions into a very short period of time? How about a parody of a made up VH1 show--"Celebrity Teen Crisis Hotline"! As always, Bill Hader's Alan Alda impression was uncanny. Who develops an Alan Alda impression, anyway? Maybe Dana Carvey's Mickey Rooney impression was good--to be honest we've got no idea. The real treat however, was Fred Armisen's Ice-T impersonation. It was just…perfect. We love how he captures the way Ice-T sounds slightly irritated by EVERYTHING, even when he's trying to be helpful. Abby Elliott's Anna Faris impression was a bit of a miss, to be honest--isn't the whole point of Anna Faris that she's a self-parody? It's kind of like doing an Aqua Teen Hunger Force parody. Too bad, because Elliott had the best non-celeb sketch of the week. Jay Pharaoh was back as Eddie Murphy and just like Murphy, he laughed at one of his own jokes.
James Franco (HAHAHA)
It was nice to see new cast member Paul Brittain getting into the mix this week, even if his James Franco impression consisted mostly of smiling. Though he didn't really go out of his way to look or sound like Franco, the segment works because of the great job he does picking out the kinds of side projects the overworked star would get involved in: being a rabbi, being a jockey, working at Space Mountain in Disney World, getting a PhD in women's studies.