Best ‘SNL’ Videos of 2012 (So Far)
In 2012, the second half of 'SNL''s 37th season has produced a bevy of good moments, and we've compiled our 10 favorite sketch videos that spread like wildfire across the Web just for you.
'Saturday Night Live' is in its 37th season, a longevity that even makes a small screen staple like 'The Simpsons' seem like a flavor of the week. Gone are the days in which everyone complained that 'SNL' wasn't as good as when this cast member or that cast member was on it. Now everybody just accepts the show for what it is: Sometimes it's really funny, and sometimes it's pretty dreadful. But when it hits, as it has many times in the 2012 season, 'SNL' can be one of the funniest shows on TV.
From Justin Timberlake's hilariously spot-on Bon Iver impression to Nicolas Cage meeting, er, Nicolas Cage, the 2012 season of 'SNL' has provided us with some particularly memorable Web videos. Hosts like Maya Rudolph and Channing Tatum have flexed their comedic chops in a wide variety of characters (who knew that Channing Tatum could do a Matthew McConaughey impression?) and spoofs.
With so many great moments so far, 2012 is off to a great start for 'Saturday Night Live.' We can only imagine what the rest of the year will bring, particularly as we head into election season. Watch the "Not Ready For Prime Time" players do their thing below.
Bill O’Reilly and Kate Upton on 'What’s Up With That'?
Kenan Thompson’s recurring ‘What’s Up With That’ sketch is pretty polarizing. On the one hand, it is extremely repetitive by design, and that can get old fast. But when you throw in the right mix of random guests, it can be quite funny. Bill O’Reilly trying to shill his “Killing Lincoln’ book and Kate Upton basically just sitting there looking pretty made for a memorable 'SNL' video to watch on Monday morning.
Justin Timberlake Does a Great Bon Iver Impression
'SNL' cashed in on all the hoopla surrounding the 2012 birth of baby Blue Ivy with a sketch that had parents Beyonce and Jay-Z showing of their little bundle of musical industry royalty to a collection of celebrity admirers. Fred Armisen’s timid Prince and Kristen Wiig’s perpetually "wow"-faced Taylor Swift highlighted the parade of impressions and guaranteed that this 'SNL' video would be spread across the Web.
Charles Barkley Explains ‘White People Problems’
The "white people problems" or "first world problems" meme has been popular on the internet for the last year. Charles Barkley explains the phenomenon in this 2012 'SNL' sketch. Go to a restaurant and find they don’t serve organic chicken? Yup, that’s a white people problem.
Kristen Wiig as Lana Del Rey Apologizes For ‘SNL’ Performance
Perhaps the most notable thing that has happened on 'SNL' in 2012 so far was Lana Del Rey's disastrous musical performance. (Video of her performance was all over the Web the next day.) But since this list is for videos that were intentionally funny, we’re going to instead go with Kristen Wiig’s impression of Del Rey apologizing for the disaster, which ran three weeks later. The joke is actually on 'SNL' as Wiig/Del Rey sarcastically points out that she didn’t live up to the standard of some of the show's previous guests, like Bubba Sparxx and The Baha Men.
Matthew McConaughey Gets Freaky With Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo Green and Matthew McConaughey are two pretty freaky dudes. So what happens when they get together for a beach weekend? Would you believe it ends with minnows eating all their body hair? Kenan Thompson is Green and Channing Tatum is McConaughey in a 2012 sketch video that does include the naked bongo playing one would expect from such a premise.
Zooey Deschanel Pokes Fun at 'Quirky Girls'
The award for 2012's cutest 'SNL' host has to go to Zooey Deschanel, who spoofed her own "adorkableness" in the skit 'Bein' Quirky with Zooey Deschanel.' The catch is Abby Elliott is playing Deschanel and Deschanel is doing Mary Kate Olsen. But it's Taran Killam and Kristen Wiig who steal the show with their hilarious impressions of quirk legends Michael Cera and Bjork.
'SNL' Spoofs M.I.A. and Madonna's Controversial Super Bowl Halftime Performance
While CNN's 'Piers Morgan Tonight' hasn’t exactly set the world on fire, the British transplant has given Taran Killam an opportunity to show off of his English accent. In this sketch, Morgan tackles M.I.A's ridiculously gratuitous middle finger during the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show. Madonna and LMFAO were not pleased. Much like M.I.A.'s offending moment, this 'SNL' video was seen all over on the internet.
Nicolas Cage Meets His Clone Played By Andy Samberg
One Nick Cage is funny enough, but two Nick Cage's is all out comedy gold. Here Andy Samberg plays clone to the real Nicolas Cage. There is a lot of forehead in this 'SNL' video.
Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler Flirt With Justin Timberlake on 'Bronx Beat'
'Bronx Beat' has been on hiatus because Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler, who play the big-haired ladies, are both no longer 'SNL' cast members. But With Rudolph hosting in February of 2012, Poehler came back and they reprised the characters. Justin Timberlake also appears as "sexy boom man" Lou.
Channing Tatum and 'SNL' Film Their Own Super Bowl 2012 Promos
During the run up to the 2012 Super Bowl NBC was constantly running promos of their football broadcasters looking relaxed. Did you ever wonder how the fellas got so loose? 'SNL' gets to the bottom of that vexing question, and it's not what you think.