Saturday Night Live recap: Fred Armisen

May 22, 2016 2:40 PM

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Saturday Night Live frequently recruits a former cast member (or a veteran host) to close out the season finale. It makes for a nice treat for longtime SNL fans – and it probably makes the exhausted cast’s jobs a little easier when the host is an old pro. Season 41’s finale was no exception, as longtime cast member Fred Armisen — seriously, he was on the show for 11 seasons — made his return to Studio 8H. Over the course of his run, Armisen was a versatile cast member, and although he could fit right in to your standard political cold opens or game show sketches, he was also the guy who was just a little bit… offbeat. As SNL host, he was no different — and it made for a solid, slightly eccentric end to season 41.

Armisen let us know what we were in for immediately, replacing the traditional monologue with a performance of his own one-man show: “Love from New York, I Did Saturday’s [sic] Right: Fun Fame & Fred On the 17th Floor.” Over the course of the seven-minute bit — lengthy, for an SNL monologue! — Armis...

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