Regaling the Saturday Night Live studio audience with tall tales of an audition that almost certainly never was — at least not as he describes it here — former SNL cast member Fred Armisen performed the season finale’s opening monologue last night as if presenting a scene from his (entirely fictional) one-man-show. “You’ll be back Funny Freddie cos nobody makes it out of this town,” he quotes his skeptical Long Island neighbors as he ran off to meet Lorne Michaels. He offers up his Liberace, his Ringo, his Prince, and gets the job in a sketch that was perhaps sweeter than it was funny.
Elsewhere in the show, between a couple of three-chord garage rock numbers by Australia’s Courtney Barnett, Armisen welcomed back a slew of former SNLers for season finale cameos. Andy Samberg turned up with a heavily-bleeped head-scratcher digital short “Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song),” his new Lonely Island video in which he mingles a crude sex come-on with a Bin Laden assassination metaphor. If you’re so inclined, you can see the explicit, uncensored version here.
Jason Sudeikis returned for Armisen’s recurring “Regine” bit, in which Armisen in drag plays an annoying, pretentious party guest — “Moet? Wow, what are you celebrating? Averageness?” — who slips into sudden paroxysms of ecstasy at the slightest physical provocation. Vanessa Bayer and Aidy Bryant thought it was funny.