Andy Samberg was greeted with hoots and hollers from the audience when he returned to the Saturday Night Live stage for a dating show skit with host, musical guest, and fictional husband Justin Timberlake.
“It’s a Date,” the follow-up to “Dick in a Box,” “Motherlover,” and “3-Way (The Golden Rule),” paired the sleazy R&B crooners with iconic foreign “wild and crazy guys” Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd. The duos competed for the affection of a woman who ends up blowing off the one normal contestant (Bobby Moynihan) for a tryst with all four socially inept horndogs.
The show began with Justin as Elton, later transitioning into a monologue with veterans Alec Baldwin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Paul Simon and Candice Bergen welcoming Timberlake to the exclusive Five Timer’s Club.
Later, a date with singing Samberg, then pig sex, music (“Mirrors” is SO much better than “Suit & Tie”), mullets and a clear nod to Jessica at the end…
Timberlake’s signature [bring it on down to] “Veganville” was appreciated for familiarity, and it’s easy to overlook the literal meatlessness of the song parody lyrics when he’s giving 100% to the delivery and manic dancing. (Harder to overlook the Harlem Shake.)
If you only watch one skit, make it “Moet & Chandon” with word-slurring, champagne-peddling former porn stars played by Cecily Strong (my new favorite cast member) and (“Hey y’all, it’s me, Miley Cyrus”) Vanessa Bayer.
Second most laugh-worthy had to be “Nuva Bling,” an advertisement where women insert customized diamond birth control rings into their vaginas.
(70% effective at preventing non-Timberlake pregnancy, 100% effective at getting dat swag on.)