Watching "Saturday Night Live" this weekend -- hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake -- was like watching one of the years when Belushi, Akroyd, Chase, Curtain, Murray, and Radner were all aboard, back when most of the skits on each show were entertaining and amusing. As The Wrap reported (via Yahoo TV) Dec. 22, it was one hilarious piece after another, with "The Barry Gibb Talk Show" (with cameos by Madonna and Barry Gibb himself) and "Wrapperville," where Justin Timberlake reprised an older "SNL" sketch centered around Christmas. But the show hit its stride with "Celebrity Family Feud," when CBS network took on NBC network in a spoof of the popular syndicated game show, Jimmy Fallon portrayed Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory," and, directly across from him, JT impersonated the host of "The Late Late Show with Jimmy Fallon."
It was an all-star battle royale, with faux Steve Harvey (Keenan Thompson) officiating between the two networks. Besides Jim Parsons, there was faux Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer, and Alyson Hannigan. Besides Jimmy Fallon for NBC, there was Jane Lynch (but not from "Glee" -- as host of "Hollywood Game Night"), Ice T, and Brooks Wheelan (who actually played himself, a member of the "SNL" cast that faux Harvey had a difficult time believing was actually on the show. He had the same problem with Cryer on "Two and a Half Men"). Wheelan was the only "celebrity" that actually portrayed him/herself.
The "Feud" got underway with Timberlake/Fallon and Fallon/Parsons meeting at the buzzers and Thompson/Harvey presenting the first survey question, where 100 men were asked to: "Name something you do to be sexy."
Timberlake started the sketch off exaggerating his movements, excitedly delivering his lines while displaying a serious face, and jerking his head forward much in the manner of a manic chicken. It was so over-the-top, Thompson told him he needed to calm down, and you could tell that he and Fallon were both fighting back smiles already. In fact, both Timberlake and Fallon both pretended to read the big board behind Thompson as they fought to control their laughter, their bodies shaking with mirth.
But faux Parsons wins the face-off by hitting his buzzer repeatedly and saying, "Steve," a perfect impersonation of Parsons' Sheldon Cooper character on "The Big Bang Theory," who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
After a round of ridiculous answers from CBS, NBC had a chance to steal. As fake Steve Harvey (which, by the way, was masterfully portrayed by the former Disney star) asked for phony Jimmy Fallon -- who was doing his wide-eyed and serious motormouth giant chicken impersonation -- for his answer, both were distracted by the real Jimmy Fallon across the way. Timberlake splutters, an uncontrolled laugh coming of its own accord. Being live television, the camera cut immediately to the other panel, but by the time it did, Fallon had crouched down behind it.
Professionals that they are, the guys got themselves under control within seconds. NBC went on to win the round to end the sketch. So what was the No. 1 answer to "Something a man does to be sexy"? Simple: Be Justin Timberlake.
Of course, that line was delivered with wide-eyed seriousness and an exaggerated wink from faux Jimmy Fallon.
And the real Fallon? By now he was stoically standing in place, Jim Parsons/Sheldon Cooper in his tight Green Lantern t-shirt, giving an indifferent shrug to the camera.
By and large, it was a marvelous bit of television impersonation, exaggeration, and comedic dialogue. Seeing the players amused at their own antics only added to the general hilarity of the subject and the overall performance. But describing the sketch doesn't do it anywhere near the justice it deserves, so head on over to Hulu and check out the entire sketch.
Prior to the show, Timberlake and Fallon had stated in promos that it would be the best Christmas episode ever. And did they deliver. Now in its 39th season, if "Saturday Night Live" keeps up that kind of writing, they just might be broadcast for another four decades.