Sunday, December 17, 2006

Justin Timberlake: Comedian

I have decided that I am, without any guilt, a Justin Timberlake fan.

Not only was Saturday's SNL one of the funniest entire episodes in recent memory, Timberlake is a borderline comedic genius. The one weak skit, the Target bitch (played by Kristen Wiig, who, in my opinion, is so one-dimensional, especially when compared to Maya Rudolph and the increasingly-amazing Amy Poehler), was made memorable just because of Timberlake's bizarro stock boy who had lip issues.

The episode also brought back a variation on the classic, "Bring it on down to Omeletteville". In this version, Timberlake, dressed as a cup of soup, went head-to-head with Will Forte's Salvation Army Santa in promoting Homelessville, where the homeless are given free soup and coats.

I was hoping for a "Barry Gibb Talk Show", figuring Jimmy Fallon would be available to make a cameo. What ensued was the funniest of the three "Barry Gibb Talk Show" sketches, with Fallon yelling "I'm Barry eff-ing Gibb!" and kicking at Wiig's Sandra Day O'Connor.

You really just have to see it.

I've always been a regular viewer of SNL, even when it sucks. At age 6, I decided Father Guido Sarduci was brilliant and watched ever since (strange, right?). I've read books about the show. I own the Trivial Pursuit edition. And yes, I even did buy new glasses once I discovered Tina Fey.

Even if you're not an SNL fan, I dare you not to nearly pee yourself during this episode's SNL Digital Short (certain to become a web favorite). Evoking the days of early-90s, white-boy R&B (er, Color Me Badd), Timberlake and Andy Samberg sing about a special holiday gift for that lovely lady. You just have to go to the site and check it out. Priceless.

The episode was so good, I'll forgive the act of having Cameron Diaz introduce Timberlake's first musical number.

Another choice line from the episode:

"That's a stalagtite, Jo-Jessica, yo. You need to learn the difference between your sedimentary rock formations."

Exactly. Where the hell does that come from? Who knows, but it was some great comedy.

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