'SNL' Recap: Andy Samberg, Pharrell Debut New Lonely Island Track (Video)

Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen pitched in to close out season 39.

Andy Samberg didn't quite reach Justin Timberlake-Jimmy Fallon heights in Saturday Night Live's season finale, but he got closer than anyone else this year.

The SNL alum returned to bring back a number of his famous bits and debut a new Lonely Island track centered on a manwhore who hugs ladies and then leaves 'em. (Hat tip to Pharrell Williams for helping out.)Samberg also debuted a digital short centering on a DJ who believes in delayed gratification.

But first, Samberg attempted to make SNL history in his monologue with a bid to beat Bill Hader's record for the most impersonations, blazing through 23 in a row with a little help from Seth Meyers.

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Hader himself showed up, and during the evening Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen also pitched in at various points – including in a sketch in which an inappropriately affectionate family was made uncomfortable by Michael Sam's NFL draft day kiss with his boyfriend. For a season which saw the SNL ranks filled with newcomers, there was something comforting about having the alums back even in a small capacity.

In its cold open, SNL took on Solange's attack on Jay Z, with Solange (Sasheer Zamata) claiming she had been trying to brush a spider off of Jay Z's (Jay Pharoah) clothing. (Read a more detailed account of the sketch here.)

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Samberg brought back his Nicolas Cage Weekend Update bit, confusing new co-anchor Colin Jost for Meyers and screaming at Paul Rudd about his upcoming role in Marvel Studios' Ant-Man.

Another Samberg special that made its resurgence: Blizzard Man. This time, 2 Chainz brought Blizzard Man to save a track, with Samberg offering such lyrical gems as "Two and a Half Men made better by the Kutch.”

What'd you think about Samberg's hosting chops – and how did his episode rate compared to the season as a whole? Let us know in the comments.

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