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(BEST) Jim Carrey as the Black Swan
A genius of physical comedy doing a dance of seduction. Exactly as Darren Aronofsky intended.
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(BEST) ''Wayne's World'' revisited
The only Oscar prognosticators brave enough to laugh at the title Winter's Bone. Beavis and Butthead made a comeback; could a Wayne's World threequel be far away?
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(BEST) Justin Bieber's The Roommate
Simultaneously more realistic and more terrifying than the film it was parodying.
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(BEST) Celebrity Teen Crisis Center
A fake VH1 show where celebs pretend to help teens in trouble, this sketch was a showcase for uncannily perfect imitations of Alan Alda, Mickey Rooney, Ice-T, Anna Faris, and Eddie Murphy. It is also something VH1 will totally do any second now.
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(BEST) Miley Cyrus as Justin Bieber on The Miley Cyrus Show
Witness the moment when tween culture collapsed into itself like a dying star. Also, witness one of SNL's great two-second characters: Bebop the Swagger Coach. Wink. Cocky nod. Point.
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(BEST) Zach Galifianakis monologue
Further proof (as if we needed it) that the best SNL hosts are people who are actually funny.
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(BEST) Zach Looks for a New Assistant
A comedy superstar interviews some potential new assistants, none of them older than 8 years old. Sample interview question: ''What kind of ideas do you have to make me happy again?''
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(BEST) The Ambiguously Gay Duo comes to life
Christopher Nolan, eat your heart out.
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(BEST) What's That Name?
In Justin Timberlake's defense, we thought that guy from N*Sync was named Kirk Chartie, too.
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(BEST) GOP Debate (with Alec Baldwin)
Whatever you think about their politics, we can all agree that the Republican presidential candidates have fantastic hair.
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(BEST) James Carville on Weekend Update
Bill Hader's Carville is for the current SNL what Darrell Hammond's Sean Connery was to SNL 10 years ago: There's no topical reason to bring him back, except that it's utterly hilarious.
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(BEST) Who's on Top?
Mark Twain or Seth Green? Timon or Pumbaa? '70s Kenny Rogers or Kenny Rogers today? It should be offensive. Instead, it already feels like a cocktail party game.
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(BEST) Hidden Valley Ranch
A standout sketch from a standout episode. There's even a secret Leonard Nimoy cameo!
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(BEST) Assorted Interviews with Drake
How would you prefer your interview with a hip-hop superstar? Brief? Extremely close? Sarcastic? With matching sweaters?
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(BEST) Emma Stone as Wallace
Even with the voice of the Abominable Snowman from Looney Tunes and the clothes of a Hobo Diane Keaton, Emma Stone remains irresistibly charming, turns out.
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(BEST) ''Jack Sparrow'' (feat. Michael Bolton)
The formula for SNL's Digital Shorts seemed to be getting a bit creaky: the fake-bad music, the image-defiling celebrity guest, and viral-ready obscenities. And then the Lonely Island boys delivered this instant masterpiece, featuring a game Michael Bolton singing a beautiful ode to Jack Sparrow and Tony Montana. Try not laugh when Bolton sings the phrase ''the Jester of Tortuga.''
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(WORST) Garth and Kat
Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen are two of the most talented performers on SNL. So how is it possible that their flair-vested singer duo is so relentlessly unfunny? Yeesh, Chris Martin was funnier, and he's from Coldplay!
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(WORST) Helen Mirren's Breasts
Nasim Pedrad touches Dame Hellen Mirren's bosom. It starts out funny, with a supercut of basically every essential moment of the modern era: Kerri Strug at the 1996 Olympics, O.J. Simpson's glove, the climax of Rudy. Then Pedrad walks to a poorly animated heaven and the humor just seeps away.
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(WORST) The Herb Welch sketches
A brilliant one-off that gets less funny every time they trot it out. Who knew SNL could give us too much of a good thing? (Don't answer that.)
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(WORST) The Bedelia sketches
A never-funny one-off that gets even less funny every time they trot it out. Who knew SNL could give us too much of a bad thing? (Don't answer that.)
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(WORST) Osama Bin Laden Under the Sea
It's admirable to try to mix rampantly absurd humor with pointed political commentary. Unfortunately, when it goes wrong, you're left with Kenan Thompson dressed in a gigantic crab suit making lame Obama-Osama jokes. A waste of a good Little Mermaid spoof.
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(WORST) The Jersey Calendar Girls
Anna Faris' stint as SNL host was a disappointingly humdrum affair, right down to this show-wrapping sketch involving a couple of Jersey girls swooning over the 2012 Ferrari calendar.
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(WORST) Elton Visits the Queen
The notion that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip secretly talk like cockney extras from a Guy Ritchie movie is a good foundation. Unfortunately, this sketch never goes anywhere. It's typical of the worst SNL sketches: All set up, no punchline.