• The Hollywood Reporter on LinkedIn
  • Follow THR on Pinterest
MAY
17
5 MOS

'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 SNL - H 2014
NBC/Screengrab

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.

PHOTOS: 10 Stars You Forgot Were 'Saturday Night Live' Castmembers

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.)

PHOTOS: 12 'SNL' Sketches Made Into Movies

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.

Email: Aaron.Couch@THR.com
Twitter: @AaronCouch