‘SNL’ Recap: Guest-Host Will Ferrell Gets Funky

Guest-host Will Ferrell (right) with musical guest Usher on "Saturday Night Live" (Photo: NBC)

Will Ferrell played George W. Bush, and donned a full-dress “uniform” as a candidate for mayor of Funkytown, as he hosted “Saturday Night Live” on NBC this weekend.

The show also featured a surprise appearance by Justin Bieber in a celebratory “Digital Short” that pushed the envelope for what’s generally accepted as suitable for broadcast television. In fact, it probably did more than just push the envelope; it actually tore it into little pieces, as you’ll see in the clip below (but more on that later).

“SNL,” is, of course, the show that made Ferrell famous, and he was his usual larger-that-life comic self, dominating every scene he was in with his sheer physicality and willingness to do just about anything.

It wasn’t too surprising that he would turn up at some point in the role of G.W. Bush — and that point happened to be in the show’s very first scene, when he appeared as “George,” Vice President Joe Biden’s imaginary friend.

The sketch had President Obama (Fred Armisen) and Biden (Jason Sudeikis) in a relationship that was not at all like a president and vice president, but just like a dad and his truculent teen-aged son (that would be the veep). Make sense?

Well, it will make sense, just as soon as you watch the clip — right here:
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Meanwhile, politics of another sort figured into this next sketch, as Ferrell played Capt. Catfish, candidate for mayor of Funkytown. Here, he was assisted by Kenan Thompson and musical guest Usher in the role of Mr. Captain Fantastic.

Watch the Funkytown mayoral candidates hold their great debate on C-Span:
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Here’s the digital short we referenced earlier. It has Andy Samberg joined by Justin Bieber, among others, to celebrate a milestone — it was apparently “SNL’s” 100th Digital Short. But was this “celebration” necessary?

Watch this and decide (intended for mature viewers, or immature ones, as you’ll see):
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Watch the entire episode of “Saturday Night Live,” also featuring musical guest Usher:
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