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Paul Rudd Is One Direction’s #1 Fan + 4 More SNL Sketches That Made Us Laugh This Week

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All I have to say after last night’s SNL with Paul Rudd is that John Goodman, Jimmy Fallon, and Justin Timberlake don’t exactly have their work cut out for them, because Paul Rudd brought the house down last night.  I’m serious, I’m currently experiencing symptoms of PLSD – that’s Post LOLing Stress Disorder, for those of you with zero sense of humor.  The material was great and all of the performers brought their A-game.  Of course having Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Will Ferrell, and the rest of the Anchorman 2 cast show up doesn’t hurt, but Paul Rudd stole the show.

Before you admonish me for failing to include the amazing One Direction vs. Channel 4 News Team “Afternoon Delight” sing-off, aca-scuse me, I’ll have you know that it’s not available online most likely due to music copyright issues.  If it becomes available, you’ll be the first to know.  Now, on to the best five sketches of the night.

1. The Sound of Music Cold Open

Way to set the tone for the night, SNL.  Seriously.  From Kate McKinnon‘s Maria to Taran Killam‘s warbling Edelweiss, to appearances by Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen, I knew it was going to be a good night.  ”That terracotta disaster of a dress”echoed Tom and Lorenzo’s #SOML commentary on Twitter, which made me happy.

2. One Direction Concert Line

OMG, Dan Charles.  What is there to say?  I simply adore the wild abandon Paul Rudd displayed here.  Kudos to all of the little girls who did a splendid job making Dan Charles one of their own.

3. Weekend Update: Jacob Atkinson Reviews Holiday Movies

This sketch really drove my PLSD home, you guys.  Taran Killam’s Jacob Atkinson has quickly and effectively replaced any Stefan withdrawal I was experiencing this season.  I really hope this character sticks around after Seth Meyers’ departure and develops a witty repartee with Cecily Strong, because I absolutely adore him. “Charlie Brown? There’s a pube on your forehead.”  NEXT!

4. Memories

Cecily Strong should win an award for “Best Stereotypical Female Sexy Voice” because she nails it, especially here.  I think a lot of us have a Vince-esque ghost of lovers past, eh?  Come on, a lot of people would go slumming for some garlic knots.

5. Bill Brasky

The ongoing Bill Brasky sketch of yesteryear is one of those ongoing classics that my co-workers and I email quotes from back and forth when we’re bored at work.  Which is always.  It was great to see these red-faced, bloated, horse-toothed guys again, blathering on in a Chuck E. Cheese.

(Photo: NBC)

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