Saturday Night Live is a show of ups and downs. Some sketches work, while others fail miserably (puleeze, no more “Waking Up With Kimye”) and by year's end, we've all seen plenty of both. With that in mind, here are the five best and worst moments that have come out of Studio 8H in 2013.
FEBRUARY 16: Djesus Uncrossed
Not surprisingly, this movie trailer featuring Jesus as a violent, gun slinging, sword-swinging gangster didn’t go over well in the Bible Belt – but of course it was hilarious. The spoof of Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”, “Inglourious Basterds” and “Kill Bill” all rolled up into one stars Christoph Waltz (who went on to win an Oscar a week later) and really is the “ultimate revenge fantasy.”
MARCH 9: Justin Timberlake’s 5-timers club
When Justin Timberlake hosted for the fifth time, he was granted entrance into an exclusive clubhouse, given a smoking jacket and was chatted up by “SNL” legends like Steve Martin, Martin Short, Chevy Chase, and Dan Aykroyd.
APRIL 13: Ian Rubbish and the Bizarros
Aired less than a week after the death of Margaret Thatcher, Fred Armisen introduced “SNL” fans to Ian Rubbish, a bratty Johnny Rotten-esque punk rocker, who wrote pro-Thatcher songs because she reminded him of his mum.
MAY 18: Stefon’s goodbye
When Bill Hader announced he was leaving the show last season, the hardest part might have been saying goodbye to his alter ego Stefon, a fan favourite who came on the “Weekend Update” desk as an underground club expert. As Stefon would say, this sendoff had everything: human pylons, ALF, Smurfs, geishas, Ewoks, Ben Affleck and a fist fight between Seth Meyers and Anderson Cooper.
OCTOBER 5: Miley Cyrus ruins the world
Maybe it only seemed like the world was ending when Miley Cyrus twerked with Robin Thicke during August’s VMAs, but in this sketch, the performance really did cause the apocalypse. In order to stop Cyrus from ruining the future, old, sweet Miley (played by Vanessa Bayer) travels through time to stop new, provocative Miley (played by Cyrus herself) from going onstage.
MAY 11: Benghazi hearings
Republicans randomly invited convicted murderer Jodi Arias and abductor/torturer Ariel Castro to testify at the Benghazi hearings to boost ratings. Too soon? Castro’s victims had only been rescued five days prior to this sketch.
OCTOBER 26: Miley Cyrus and Edward Norton
After hosting the show a few weeks earlier, Cyrus came back during Edward Norton’s monologue to give him some tips he didn’t need, like sticking out his tongue more. Please, Miley, leave us alone for a bit.
NOVEMBER 2: Eminem pulls an Ashlee Simpson?
Either Eminem was lip-syncing while performing his hit “Berzerk" or the guy had some very loud backing tracks that drowned out his own voice. Maybe he had a bad chest cold.
NOVEMBER 16: Rob Ford cold open
Bobby Moynihan sure looked like Toronto mayor Rob Ford (right down to the City of Toronto pin on his lapel) but he didn’t sound like him, act like him or be nearly as ridiculous as the real thing. Jimmy Kimmel must have taken all the best RoFo gags for himself.
NOVEMBER 16: Lady Gaga & R. Kelly
It's really difficult for R. Kelly to do anything these days without coming across as a pervert, and on this night - when he simulated sex with Lady Gaga during their duet - he showed he just can't help himself.
SNL returns live on January 18 with host and musical guest Drake