SNL Christmas episode featured Timberlake, McCartney, Lorde, Kanye, Madonna, et al.

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Saturday Night Live aired its annual Christmas episode last night, featuring the dynamic duo of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. The longtime friends and collaborators teamed up earlier this year for a week’s worth of gags on Fallon’s Late Night program, and their chemistry was apparent throughout the episode. Though officially labeled as ‘host’ and ‘musical guest’, respectively, their roles were pretty much interchangeable.

Timberlake reprised his “Bring It On Down” singing street character, Fallon sang about “distracted holiday sex” in a hilarious digital short, and the two teamed up for a new installment of The Barry Gibb Show, in which they spoofed the Bee Gees’ founding member. And in one of the more hysterical moments of the night, Timberlake played Fallon in a Family Feud sketch, which caused the real Fallon to break character, unable to contain his laughter.

The episode also featured a few big cameos, including Sir Paul McCartney (who accompanied Fallon for a duet of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” during the monolog). Meanwhile, Madonna (!) and the real Barry Gibb appeared during the The Barry Gibb Show sketch. For as many real celebrities, there were just as many spoofings. For the second time this year, SNL poked fun at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian with the faux talk show Waking Up With Kimye. This go around, Jay Pharaoh and Nasim Pedrad parodied the “Bound 2” video, complete with the chorus “Uh huh, Rudolph”. There were also “appearances” by Lorde, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Guns N’ Roses, Alanis Morissette, DMX, and others in a faux infomercial for Now: That’s What I Call Christmas.

As for Timberlake’s musical performances, he supported The 20/20 Experience and its sequel with rousing renditions of “Only When I walk Away” and “Pair of Wings”. The former featured an impressive laser show, while the latter saw JT backed by a string section.

Replay the full episode below, or click here to watch individual clips.

Waking Up With Kimye sketch:

Paul McCartney sings “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”:

The Barry Gibb Show w/ Madonna and Barry Gibb:

Christmas album sketch featuring parodies of Lorde, Zooey Deschanel, Alanis Morissette, and more:

“Bring It On Down” sketch:

Justin Timberlake – “Only When I Walk Way”:

Justin Timberlake – “Pair of Wings”:

Family Feud sketch:


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