The star-studded skit featured familiar multiple hosts Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and Candace Bergen, as well as former SNL castmate Dan Aykroyd and Martin Short and show favourite Paul Simon.And while the rest of the legends scattered off, Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin ran backstage to change into costume, reprising their roles as the Wild and Crazy Guys for a Dating Game inspired skit called 'It's a Date' later in the show.
The show pulled out all the stops this week to redeem itself from its recent slump, with a slew of cameos by SNL greats, including Dan Aykroyd, Candice Bergen, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Tom Hanks, and others.Timberlake reprised his Elton John impersonation in the cold open, singing a personalized version of “Candle in the Wind” at the funeral of recently passed Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez — a rendition that was mostly notable for its serving to remind us that Chavez once put a red beret on a parrot. NBC doesn’t typically share the cold opens online.) The Five-Timers Club The opening monologue addressed the high expectations for Timberlake’s return, playing on the idea of him joining a literal Five-Timers Club.The bit took the pressure off Timberlake by throwing a bunch of alums into the mix.Game show nostalgists everywhere were dealt a crushing blow Tuesday when Jim Lange, the original host of “The Dating Game,” died at the age of 81.“The Dating Game,” which took off in the mid-’60s and flowered into the mid-’70s, was the show that launched a thousand imitators, from “The Bachelor” to “The Newlywed Game.” On the show, a bachelorette would be hidden behind a wall, where she would ask three young men, prospective dates, questions about themselves. “ When the embarrassed yucks were muddled through, the bachelorette chose her favorite bachelor, and the happy couple were sent on a date (always with a chaperone, and often to some far-off, exotic locale).
The questions were all framed provocatively, with plenty of opportunity for a naughty answer. In the years since the show aired, some fascinating names came up on You Tube’s radar — of on-the-prowl singles who would one day make a name for themselves.