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The “Sound of Music” telecast Thursday night was a triumph for NBC with an audience of more than 18.5 million — but “SNL” nevertheless made it seem ridiculous in a sketch that included an appearance by “SNL” alum Kristen Wiig.
Wiig was on hand as part of a contingent of stars from the upcoming movie “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (opening next week) in which the night’s guest-host, Paul Rudd, also stars.
In fact, the entire “Anchorman” news team — Rudd, “Ron Burgundy” himself Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Dave Koechner — made a group appearance, joining musical guest One Direction on-stage for a nine-man performance of “Afternoon Delight” (which the “Anchorman” news team sang in the original movie “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”).
Rudd was seen in numerous sketches Saturday night on “SNL,” including this one — below — in which he was a guest on the Rev. Al Sharpton’s MSNBC talk show.
Rudd also played a newly svelte Santa Claus, whose new look — and new girlfriend — shocks his elves.
Rudd was back once again in a sketch that took place in 16th century Florence. He played the embarrassed male model who posed for Michelangelo’s David.
Now watch more highlights, including performances by One Direction: