Adding to what feels like the longest (although not unpleasant) movie rollout in history, stars of the movie sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" joined
One Direction was mostly well-utilized in the episode. The segment of the population that is not familiar with their music (due to lack of being a young girl or living or working with them) had the opportunity to enjoy their legitimate singing talent during their performances of “Through the Dark" and “Story of My Life," where they little resembled the bopping teenage boy-band sensations from a generation or two ago. Their superstardom was also parodied in a video segment where Paul Rudd (who is clearly a vampire because he does not age) plays the world's No. 1 One Direction fan, elbowing tween girls out of the way while they waited backstage after a 1D concert. There wasn't much more to the video than that, but few actors can pull off snotty-funny like Rudd, and it was charming to see him interact with all the kids in the video.
Not every integration of the oldsters and youngsters was a success, though. The cold open began as a promising parody of the live "Sound of Music" that aired last week, with Kate McKinnon and Taran Killam displaying more chemistry than
Also, the monologue wasn't as much of a hit as it should have been considering the star potential. Rudd explained that in his first two hosting appearances, he was overshadowed by his musical guests (Beyoncé and
The end of the episode was a treat for longtime viewers of "SNL," with the reprisal of "Bill Brasky," a sketch that first originated on the show in 1996, written by "Anchorman" guys Ferrell and
There were a few sketches that just featured Rudd on his own, the showcase of which was "White Christmas," a trailer for "The first black Christmas movie for a white audience." Essentially, the trailer was a mash-up of any Madea movie and "The Best Man Holiday" but with white "SNL" actors, most especially Paul Rudd in the Madea role (so that's him doing an impression of
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