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"Like all successful singers, I knew it would only be a matter of time before I would overreach and try acting," Adam Levine said in his opening monologue as host of NBC's Saturday Night Live. "So tonight I just hope that you would not judge me too harshly."
In fact, the Maroon 5 singer went on to confidently navigate several sketches, plus a hilarious digital short with Adam Samberg that some critics have called an instant classic. Here are Levine's top five scenes from Saturday's show:
1. Opening Monologue
A self-assured Levine strode onstage, reminded viewers that he's a coach on NBC's The Voice, and then appeared unfazed when three comedy veterans -- Samberg, Cameron Diaz and Jerry Seinfeld -- whirled around in red chairs to critique his comedic performance. Going shirtless in the final moments was his crowning moment.
You only live once…so don't get too crazy. That's the message behind this digital short, which also featured the return of Samberg and the comedy troupe The Lonely Island. The clip caught the notice of several critics. Slate called it "the highlight" of the episode, lauding SNL for targeting "one of the most annoying neologisms this side of amazeballs."
After a week of news about Manti Te'o getting "Catfished," Levine impersonated Nev Schulman, the star of that 2010 documentary and current host of MTV's Catfish: The TV Show. Levine portrayed him as comically self-involved and in love with his own name.
4. Adam and Janet Peckinpaugh
Like Tom Brady before him, Levine got the Janet Peckinpaugh treatment when he met her at one of his concerts in New Jersey. Back at her place in Yonkers, he was strangely attracted to Janet (Bobby Moynihan) in spite of her smoker's voice and the fact that she "looks like E.T. when they dressed him up as a lady."
5. Circle Work
Levine played Todd Anthony, the weirdly dressed and dismissive sidekick to Tracy Allstar (Kenan Thompson) on their advice show, Circle Work. The pair offer gay solutions to their straight guests' problems. Ridiculous? Yes. Funny? Also yes.
Would we swivel our chairs to have Levine back? You bet we would.