Seth MacFarlane Kicks Off SNL's Season Premiere With A Musical Opening Monologue

Seth MacFarlane hosted Saturday Night Live last night for the series' 38th season. The show began with an Obama Address cold open, which led into MacFarlane's musical and voice-filled opening monologue. Check out the highlight videos ahead, which also include the musical performances by Frank Ocean.

Jay Pharaoh took over the role of Barack Obama on SNL last night, kicking off the sketch comedy series' 38th season with the cold open. I'm a fan of Pharaoh, but Fred Armisen had pretty much mastered that impersonation, so Pharoah's take, which isn't quite as clipped as Armisen's, may take a bit of getting used to.

MacFarlane's monologue was great for those of us who love when he does the Family Guy voices. He also threw in a random Kermit the Frog impersonation and a pretty hilarious impression of Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly from Back to the Future. Good stuff! Later on, he got some laughs for playing Ryan Lochte during Weekend Update, and we saw him enthuse about Gangnam style for the Lids sketch.

Obama Address Cold Open

Barack Obama addresses his shortcomings as a president, which he feels pale in comparison to his opponents Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

Seth MacFarlane Monologue

Seth MacFarlane has a hard time fighting the familiar voices that are always in his head.

Mitt Romney Ad 1

Americans laid off from companies acquired by Mitt Romney's former company, Bain Capital, share their nightmare stories.

Rodger Brush

Older audience members are let down when they ask Rodger Brush questions about their sex life.

Eastwood and Chair

Clint Eastwood and the chair, the duo that rocked the Republican National Convention, is taking their show on the road.


A Lids becomes the place to be when Gangnam Style takes over.

Puppet Class

The instructor of a puppet class has a hard time getting one of his pupils to step outside of his comfort zone.

Frank Ocean: Thinking About You

Musical guest Frank Ocean sings "Thinking About You" with John Mayer on the guitar.

Weekend Update Favorites: 9/15/12

?Weekend Update host Seth Meyers catches you up on the headlines, including the 2012 presidential race.

Weekend Update: Honey BooBoo and Mama

Reality TV stars Alana Honey Boo Boo Child and Mama stop by to weigh in on the 2012 presidential election.

Weekend Update: Ryan Lochte

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte stops by to preview the fall TV lineup.

Weekend Update: Mimi Morales

Mimi Morales talks about the importance of the Latino vote in the 2012 presidential election.

Drill Sergeant

A hardnosed-drill sergeant has trouble getting past stuttering issues.

Steve Harvey Show

On Steve Harvey's new daytime show, Steve gives Craig a makeover and his new look is rather familiar.

First Date

A couple on a first date has a lot in common by sharing what they're acting like.

Frank Ocean: Pyramids

Musical guest Frank Ocean performs his song "Pyramids" with John Mayer on the guitar.

Wooden Spoons

The Yoder brothers are now offering their classic wooden spoons on something called the Internet.

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