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SNL wrap: Obama sign language spoof video, De Niro, Stallone and Black Santa

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This weekend's Saturday Night Live couldn't help but poke fun at one of the week's top stories that came out of Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa. That's when an allegedly schizophrenic sign language interpreter signed gibberish just inches away from world leaders, including President Barrack Obama. SNL regulars Keenan Thomson and Jay Pharoah portrayed the interpreter and president respectively during the show's cold opening, according to US Weekly on Dec. 15.

Later in the show, host John Goodman was surprisingly joined onstage for a skit with none other that A-list movie stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone.

For the open though, Pharoah as Obama starts out talking about experiencing a "series of unfortunate events" this past week.

This was referencing the controversies from South Africa this week when the president was seen taking a selfie with the attractive blond female Danish President, and also when he shook hands with communist Cuba's leader.

Referring to Michelle Obama's seemingly perturbed expression over the selfie, Pharoah added, "Some people said Michelle was angry at me for that, but I talked to her afterwards and I can assure you, she was furious".

Then as Pharoah tried to turn the topic to health care, Kenan Thompson appeared behind him, impersonating the now-infamous sign language interpreter.

Thompson's motions were over the top of course, exaggerating the real-life happenings in a most hilarious fashion. In case you missed it, click here to watch a clip of the sketch.

SNL also tackled Megyn Kelly's controversial remarks on CNN this week that Santa Claus is white. Once again it was Keenan Thompson who joined the Weekend Update anchors as Santa Claus.

"You've heard of Secret Santa. Well, the secret is out and I'm black as hell", Thompson joked, according to He went on as Claus warning viewers not to call the cops if they seem him coming down their chimneys this year.

In another funny sketch, Goodman appeared on stage alongside Sly Stallone and Robert De Niro, with the trio playing the Three Wise Guys on their way to Bethlehem to see Baby Jesus.

As they're making their way on camel back from Jersey to give the baby a wad of cash as a gift, De Niro quips, "I heard this kid was going to be big".

Click any of the links in the article above to see more clips. How would you rate this week's show?


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