‘SNL’ Takes Aim at Armstrong, Te’o, Jodie Foster: Watch

"Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence hosted "Saturday Night Live" this weekend (Photo: NBC)

“Saturday Night Live” managed to spoof three newsmaking personalities from the past week into one opening comedy bit as the NBC sketch show returned after more than a month off.

An original “SNL” was last seen on Dec. 15 — a year-ending, holiday-themed show guest-hosted by Martin Short with musical guest Paul McCartney.

This weekend, the guest-host was Jennifer Lawrence, star of “The Hunger Games” and Golden Globe award-winner for “Silver Linings Playbook”.

But she wasn’t one of the newsmakers featured in the show’s “cold open” on Saturday night.

Instead, that honor went to Lance Armstrong, headline-making Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o and Jodie Foster, who were each seen being interviewed by, of all people, Piers Morgan. The CNN talk-show host was mimicked to high-pitched perfection by Taran Killam who did brief interviews with “Armstrong” (Jason Sudeikis), “Te’o” (Bobby Moynihan) and “Foster” (Kate McKinnon), who made that rambling speech last Sunday at the Golden Globes in which she seemed to come out as a lesbian. The uncertainty surrounding that conclusion was the whole point of the Foster spoof on “SNL.”

Watch this “Piers Morgan Tonight” spoof from this weekend’s “SNL”:
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Lawrence is nominated for an Oscar for “Silver Linings Playbook,” and in her opening monologue on “SNL,” she trash-talked the actresses competing with her in the Best Actress category — Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Naomi Watts (“The Impossible”), Emmanuel Riva (85-year-old nominee for “Amour”) and even 9 year-old Quvenzhan√© Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”).

Watch Jennifer Lawrence’s monologue:
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Another sketch spoofed “The Hunger Games” — a post-“Hunger Games” news conference of the sort that are seen traditionally after sporting events such as football games in which coaches and quarterbacks face the media after a win or, worse, a loss.

Watch Jennifer Lawrence in this “Hunger Games” news conference:
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And of course, there was “Weekend Update,” with Seth Meyers — watch:
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Want to see more? Watch this entire “SNL” right here:
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