Cameron Diaz, Jerry Seinfeld and Andy Samberg joined host Adam Levine in a much-better-than-the-real-life show parody of "The Voice" to help kick off this week's "Saturday Night Live." The show also had some fun at the expense of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and featured the somewhat laid-back ghost of Dr. Martin Luther King in the opening.
During his monologue, Diaz urged Levine to take his shirt off, saying it was vital for the host of the show to do that in order to succeed. When Levine asked Diaz, who has hosted the show three times (1998, 2002, 2005), if she had ever taken her shirt off, the actress simply replied "whatever happens off camera is not important."
Samberg lampooned himself, saying he was in "over 100 digital shorts as well as well as three live sketches." Seinfeld's chair spun around to wild applause. Seinfeld warned Levine not to take his shirt off. "I get you," Seinfeld says. "Appealing, not as Jewish as your name." The sketch then ended, of course, with a barechested Levine - the former lead singer of "Maroon 5" - introducing the show.
The show's cold opening featured a visit by King (Kenan Thompson) to the White House after the Inauguration Day festivities were complete. King congratulated Obama (Jay Pharoah) on his re-election. Instead of dealing with the major issues of the day, the civil right's leader opted to talk with reverence about Beyonce, criticize Michelle Obama's bangs and said there was still progress needed on the civil right's front because "we're still waiting on our first black magician, black King of England" and first black member of One Direction. King weighed in on the Beyonce lip-synching controversy. "They said she was lip-synching and I was like. 'I care because...#JayZIsOneLuckyMan'." King also described the moment once Michelle Obama gets her bangs cut. "When she finally gets those bangs cut, she's going to be like: 'I can see at last. Thank God almighty, I can see at last.'"
As King explained: "It is my day off."
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (Thompson) stopped by "Weekend Update" and told Seth Meyers about his plans for Super Bowl Sunday and why he cried during the National Anthem last week. "I never heard that song before," Lewis said. "I'm 37 years old, I've got a torn tricep and I can't get this paint off my face." Lewis reached the studio despite crashing into a road block. "No road block is going to stop Ray Lewis." If the Ravens win: "I'm going to go to the 50-yard-line of the Superdome, kneel down and them I'm going to ascend into heaven."
Just another reason why last week's Patriots' loss still stings.
SNL one-upped the CW's "The Carrie Diaries" with the premiere of "The Sopranos Diaries." The sketch featured a look at what the character's from David Chase's HBO series might have been like had they attended high school in the 1980s. Tony (Bobby Moyniham) was joined in his crew by Paulie Walnuts (Fred Armisen), Silvio (Bill Hader) and began his tumultuous romance with a very high-strung and emotional Carmela (Kate McKinnon). Salvatore (Levine) joined the gang and was given the nickname "Big Pussy." Tony began his life in counseling with a visit to his guidance counselor (Cecily Strong), tell her about his life's problems. "I got a science project that's two weeks late, I'm five chapters behind in "Tale of Two Cities" and I don't have a date for the ... dance."
The return of Samberg also meant the return of "The Lonely Island" and their latest digital short called "YOLO." This tune put a twist on the phrase "you only live once" by urging people to be careful not to die. Try using lots of Purell, wearing a titanium suits and putting all your money in a hole in the yard for starters.
Kendrick Lamar was the musical guest.
Justin Bieber guest hosts and sings in two weeks.
Look for the internet to explode.
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