I spent all week getting excited for Jason Segel’s SNL hosting gig and come showtime this weekend, I was anything but disappointed. There were a few poorly-written skits, but that’s to be expected. For the most part, Segel’s first foray into sketch comedy hostmanship was a good one – and yes, they managed to work in that Andre the Giant impression of his. Of course, the thing that really stood out was the surplus of celebrity helpers Segel had for his first time. We saw Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Scooter, Rowlf, Paul Rudd and Olivia Wilde all stopped by to punctuate Segel’s already hilarious contributions to the episode.
First, we have the opening monologue, in which the Muppets sing a long with Segel – though my favorite part was when Kermit took over what was once Amy Poehler’s seat for Really?! With Seth and Kermit. Then it’s an SNL Thanksgiving tradition: dinner with the Vogelchecks. Of course this means their eldest son, played by Rudd, had to make an appearance – and by appearance we mean “stick his tongue down Jason Segel’s throat.” Finally, Wilde helps out in the Digital Short as Andy Samberg attempts to show us how to woo the ladies…with chess.