Looper star Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, with musical guest Mumford & Sons performing. The episode kicked off with a parody of Live with Kelly and Michael, and then a Magic Mike-inspired opening monologue featuring Gordon-Levitt, who showed off his dance moves. Check out some of the highlight videos ahead, including both performances by Mumford & Sons.
Unfortunately for those who want to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt getting shirtless and up-close-and-personal with one of the "audience" members, it doesn't look like NBC has the opening monologue online (yet). Also missing from the videos is the London Pub sketch, which had Mumford & Sons playing Beatles cover-band Hey Dude, which had the band performing "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away." Not the greatest sketch, but I'm guessing its absence has to do with the rights to the song. We do have most of the other sketches, including the g.o.b. Tampon commercial, which features an oddly designed feminine product.
Live with Kelly and Michel cold open includes an appearance by a brooding Robert Pattinson (in the form of Bill Hader).
g.o.b Tampon (designed with all the knowledge of a woman's anatomy, that only comes from being a 60+-year-old conservative man.)
This hypnotist is the real deal (and Taran Killam does a mean dinosaur impression).
Private detective gets carried away with his sketches…
Tres Equis I - the son of the most interesting man in the world…
Tres Equis II - the son of the most interesting man in the world (again)…
The Finer Things in life include wineglass charms…
Seth asks Obama, "What are you doing?"
Bashi al-Assad's two best friends have mostly good things to say about him on Weekend Update. Mostly.
Ann Romney visits weekend update to talk about her husband's presidential campaign. Her hair looks great.
Burt and Blair Powers are two real estate agents who aren't happy with what's happening to their local advertisements.
Mumford & Sons perform "I Will Wait"
Mumford & Sons perform "Below My Feet"
Of the first two episodes of the season, I think this one comes out on top, but not by much. I'm willing to overlook the sketch that had Gordon-Levitt playing a girl (and relied almost entirely on that to be funny, which it barely was) in favor of some of the other funnier sketches, but this was an OK episode at best. Gordon-Levitt was funny, but I'm holding out hope that SNL is just taking a few episodes to really get warmed up. With Wiig and Samberg gone, the long-running sketch comedy series may be amidst a rebuilding period. I do think there's plenty of talent on the cast. It's just a matter of putting them to good use. So while I haven't been blown away by the series so far this season, we're only a couple of episodes in and I'm choosing to be optimistic for now.
Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.