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Best buds Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are like the male version of the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler duo: Great friends who keep coming up with high-profile ways to hang out and be funny together.
Their goofy dynamic certainly draws people in: This week's Saturday Night Live -- with Fallon hosting and Timberlake as the musical guest -- scored its highest ratings in two years. But how was the show? The skits -- many of which revived characters they'd played before -- elicited a mixed bag of laughs and groans. A bunch of end-of year cameos (Paul McCartney, NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, Madonna and Barry Gibb) brought some nice surprises. Overall, the pair had the audience eating out of their hands. Here are the highlights.
Wrappinville Cold Open
Timberlake's recurring sketch as a sidewalk marketer (dressed as whatever he's selling) is by now a requisite part of his guest appearances. Audience members squeal with delight to watch him rap in costume, not to mention see him turn his boom box on and off with those ridiculously oversized character gloves. It's hilarity times two when Fallon joins in! Even if you don't think this skit is funny, Timberlake's pure joy in doing it is kind of contagious. Watch here:
It should be a law: Keenan Thompson ought to do a parody of a talk show host every week. He's just so cheerfully snide! (Remember this one?) In Saturday's episode of Celebrity Family Feud, the jokes practically wrote themselves. Thompson played the often-lewd Steve Harvey to full comic effect. (He tells Kate McKinnon's Jane Lynch, "You so tall, we may have to 79!") Fallon played Jim Parsons, expertly. Timberlake played Fallon less perfectly, but close enough to crack Fallon up. Brooks Wheeling -- a new, rarely used cast member -- has to explain to Harvey that he really does star on SNL. "I doubt it," replies Harvey, but the show must go on! Watch here:
"(Do It On My) Twin Bed"
The female cast members sing a sexed-up pop song about attempting to "do it" with their boyfriends when they're home for the holidays "at mom and dad's house." Highlight: While attempting to do the deed, the boyfriends are forced to stare at their girlfriends' seventh-grade school portraits. Watch here:
Barry Gibb Talk Show
Though it was only relatively funny, it was nice to see Barry (Fallon) and Robin (Timberlake) Gibb revive their bizarre musical talk show about "the issues of the day." Not sure why Madonna was sitting like a truck driver (shoulders slumped and legs spread) to deliver her deadpan lines, but again, Fallon and Timberlake's giddy spirit kept the overall joke alive. Watch here:
Was it the best episode pairing Fallon and Timberlake? Maybe not. But it sure was funny. And we think these two have earned the right to co-host an awards show together!
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.