snl18Saturday Night Live cold-opened its 39th season finale riffing on the security video of Jay-Z and Solange duking it out in an elevator, providing a “soundtrack” revealing that Solange was just trying to brush a spider off the mogul rapper’s  jacket. Even with the delicious Maya Rudolph showing up as Beyonce, it was pretty flat beer. Guest host and SNL alum Andy Samberg, hot off his Brooklyn Nine-Nine series (produced by NBCUniversal and shown on Fox), monologued about his prominence in SNL videos and played dueling impressionists with Bill Hader and, very briefly, Martin Short. It wasn’t until almost an hour into the show that SNL troupers present and past fired on all cylinders, with a Michael Sam-inspired Vogelcheck family orgy of tongue-in-everyone-else’s-cheeks (and ears, hair, etc.) featuring alums Fred Armisen, Kristin Wiig and Paul Rudd. Here’s the opener:

Here’s Samberg’s intro:

Brandi
3 months
Bobby Moynihan, Cecily Strong, Naseem Pedrad, beck Bennett and Kate McKinnon are hilarious and will have careers...
SNLFAN
3 months
The opening had me in tears. It was hilarious. Foot five! Maya Rudolph is hilarious!
b617
3 months
Actually, Beyonce does say " I been drinkin' watermelon" in the song. Gotta listen to the whole...

And here are the Vogelchecks: