The recent season finale to “Saturday Night Live” was more nostalgia-tinged (Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek, Harry Caray, President George Bush; Amy Poehler on “Weekend Update”; Norm Macdonald as Burt Reynolds!) and guest-stuffed (Anne Hathaway, Tom Hanks, Paul Rudd, etc.) than the entire previous season put together.
Consider these 2008-09 season “SNL” superlatives:
Best host: A tough call – Jon Hamm and Timberlake nailed it – but we liked Hathaway, whose Mary Poppins impression (“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is a disease of the liver!”) and showbiz chops were a pleasant shock.
Best post-election Obama skit: The Rock Obama.
Best cast member: Kristin Wiig. In more skits than anyone else and responsible for more laughs.
Best skit for the time capsule: Tina Fey and Poehler's parody of Sarah Palin and Katie Couric's famously uneasy interview.
Most underrated: Filmmaker Noah Baumbach's “Clearing the Air” short film. Terrific take on the passive aggressive.
Best cast debut: Understated Michaela Watkins.
Best skit: Andy Samberg's bizarre (but spot-on) “Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals.”