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Justin Timberlake was totally aware of the high expectations for his hosting gig on SNL  - "Thank you, Internet," he said during the monologue - but there was no need to worry. He was so on, he even gave just the right sly, I-know-it's-hokey reading to the line "Five Timers Club" when announcing his membership as a five-time host. That sketch, which trotted out an all-star line-up of mostly graying elders including Paul Simon, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin and Tom Hanks, wasn't nearly as clever as the rest of the show, which let Timberlake take charge as everything from a singing dancing Tofu to a good-old-boy court bailiff. But the best sketch might have been the first, when Timberlake as Elton John proved that "Candle in the Wind" can be adapted for anyone's funeral, even Hugo Chavez'. (That clip isn't on-line.) The show sometimes played like a greatest hits/reunion show in a good way. »


- Caryn James

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