They just picked a really good group and tailored it like the best sports teams where everybody has a role, no one's getting in each other's way, everybody can kind of score...
British actor best known for playing Jon Snow in TV series Game of Thrones.
In film he can be seen in Silent Hill: Revelation and Pompeii.
So, let me preface by stating that I am presently riddled with about 18 types of plague right now. No video is available of the cold open, an Elton John tribute to Hugo Chavez, but despite having a terrible spoken John impression, Timberlake nails the song, and that must be celebrated.
I woke up this morning, quite late (sorry, Dustin), convinced that last night's Justin Timberlake-hosted SNL was, in fact, a total fever dream, replete with awesome cameos, Andy Samberg in multiple sketches as though he'd never left, and that guy who ate Dan Aykrord. The monologue was majorly JT-light, focusing instead, rightly so no matter how good at this Timberlake is, on "The Five Timers Club", aka, Paul Simon, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase (and a very Chevy but kind of weird bit with a phone), Martin Short, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks and an almost unrecognizable Candace Bergen.
UPDATE: At minimum, Timberlake put big numbers on the tote board — a 5.9 rating among metered-market households and a 15 share, the show’s best scores since Charles Barkley circa January 2012.
Timberlake also worked his multihyphentate butt off: Single-handedly taking charge of a pretty amusing Elton John-at-Hugo-Chavez’s-funeral cold open (whereas most hosts don’t appear till the opening monologue); riffing during said monologue with A-listers including Steve Martin, Martin Short, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd and Candice Bergen; and even pulling double duty as musical guest. And the good news is, the hard work paid off: Sure, the episode had a few serious clunkers, but the laughter-to-groans ratio was more than acceptable (and even brought us the return of Martin and Aykroyd’s Festrunk Brothers, and Timberlake and Andy Samberg’s “Dick in a Box” singers, all in one skit). BEST: Moet & Chandon Ad Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong brought back what could be a one-joke concept — former porn stars doing ad testimonials to score free product — and once again elevated it to pure hilarity with their slurry line readings and increasingly absurdist details.
When Chevy Chase appeared next to Short and Martin, Timberlake was thrilled to realize he was standing next to the three amigos.
(The trio would appear in full Mariachi garb later to introduce Timberlake’s second musical performance.) VIDEO: ' “I killed my best friend” Moynihan screamed after the battle.
The bit took the pressure off Timberlake by throwing a bunch of alums into the mix.
The skit fell a little flat, but it was still nice to see classics like Steve Martin, Dan Akroyd, Martin Short, Candice Bergen and, oddly enough, Paul Simon mingle with Timberlake.
Timberlake is mostly a sight gag in jorts, but the skit served as a high note in what was already the strongest episode of the season.