'Saturday Night Live': Martin Short, Samuel L. Jackson's almost F-bomb and Nirvana

In what was perhaps the cameo-iest "Saturday Night Live" ever, host Martin Short and a cast of thousands closed out 2012 with style. The show was high-energy from start to finish and had several strong sketches.

Nothing could top the moving cold open acknowledging the Newtown tragedy, but nonetheless, it was one of the season's best episodes.

Monologue

The parade of cameos kicks off right away with Paul Shaffer at the piano for Short's rendition of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," with all the Christmas stuff replaced with sex references. We lost track of the lyrics, frankly, as Short went backstage and bumped into Kristen Wiig (and her creepy doll hand from the Lawrence Welk sketches), Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, a guy with a llama and Tina Fey.

"A Tony Bennett Christmas"

Cameo No. 7 comes courtesy of Alec Baldwin, who does his fabulous Tony Bennett
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