On Saturday night, Justin Timberlake will be inducted into the Five-Timers Club – an elite squad of the few funny people who have hosted Saturday Night Live five times. (Technically, this is actually Timberlake’s sixth official appearance on the show; when Joshua Jackson hosted in 2000, ‘N Sync served as musical guest and also performed in a few sketches.)
The multitalented musician certainly deserves a spot alongside Christopher Walken and Tom Hanks. As he’s proved over and over again since his first hosting stint ten (!) years ago, Timberlake’s pretty much the best modern SNL host this side of Alec Baldwin – which means that narrowing down his best Saturday Night Live moments is about as tough as getting the “Barry Gibb Talk Show” theme song out of your head once it’s stuck there. (Er, sorry in advance.) Still, we managed to sift through an embarrassment of JT SNL clips somehow – and though many of them were gems, these 10 stand out.
10. “Barry Gibb Talk Show” (2006)
As the name implies, these sketches are more of a showcase for Jimmy Fallon (as short-fused Bee Gee/political talk show host Barry Gibb) than Timberlake (as his mostly mute brother Robin). But the conceit wouldn’t work without JT”s pitch-perfect harmonizing, or the way he shakes his groove thang while singing about chest hair and crazy cool medallions. The sketch’s first appearance in 2003 is pretty good, but its third appearance on SNL’s Christmas show in 2006 is even better – largely because in this one, Timberlake has a little more to do.
9. “At Home with Beyoncé and Jay-Z” (2012)
This bit from last year’s Maya Rudolph-hosted episode features plenty of excellent celebrity impressions, including Jay Pharoah’s Jay-Z, Fred Armisen’s Prince, Nasim Pedred’s Nicki Minaj, and Kristen Wiig’s Taylor Swift. But its best surprise is Timberlake’s cameo as Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who hits Bey and Jay’s house after wandering barefoot through the woods of Wisconsin and fashioning a guitar out of a canoe. White Butler’s not the only one who will be into this:
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