Posted on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Last night the 41st season of Saturday Night Live came to a close by bringing former cast member Fred Armisen back to host the show for the first time. Usually when you get an SNL veteran coming back to host, that means some kind of reunion is in order and plenty of returning characters are paraded around. However, even though Fred Armisen did reprise one of his characters from his days on the show, this was mostly a night of original sketches. The good news is cast members like Maya Rudolph, Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg came back to get in on the fun.
Check out our rundown of the Fred Armisen Saturday Night Live episode after the jump.
Farewell Mr. Bunting – We already spotlighted this sketch by itself because it was such an outstanding parody of Dead Poets Society, and here it is rightly at the top of the best sketches of the night. But there were plenty of big laughs to be had elsewhere in the show, so even though this is as good as it gets, the rest is still pretty stellar.
New Girlfriend – This isn’t necessarily one of Fred Armisen’s most iconic characters, but it was always good for a laugh. What’s impressive about this rendition is that Vanessa Bayer visibly cracks up on camera, and that pretty much never happens. Plus, it’s nice to have Jason Sudeikis back for some fun, especially when it involves groping Fred Armisen.
High School Theater Show – These sketches never get old, and they’re only made better by the reactions from Vanessa Bayer and Kenan Thompson. This one was sweetened by Larry David just up and leaving before things got worse. Fred Armisen did his bad acting bit earlier during his one-man show monologue, so he fit in perfectly with the rest of the crew.