We love a good surprise, especially in the form of live celebrity appearances.
]]>Ed Helms helm the latest episode of “Saturday Night Live,” we wondered whether it he would bring epic hilarity or crash and burn. What we didn’t expect, was for the “Hangover” star to be upstaged so quickly by unannounced guest stars. During Kenan Thompson‘s regular “What up with that” segment, musical guest Paul Simon was joined by Bill Hader‘s Lindsey Buckingham and “Glee” fan favorite, Chris Colfer. While “SNL” regulars filtered in and out throughout the segment, Helms made just a small appearance as “Captain Sexy Banjo.” Simon got most of the speaking privileges (aside from Thompson, of course) shortly followed by the real Lindsey Buckingham, who also made an unexpected cameo. Sadly, Colfer had next to no speaking time. We only wish that he and Simon had switched places in the skit, but it stands to reason that the scheduled musical guest would get some preferential treatment. Watch the sketch below. There are certain “SNL” features that just remind us of childhood — The Ambiguously Gay Duo is one of those features. Don’t judge. We could not be more thrilled to see the retro Robert Smigel cartoon making a comeback. Just when the nostalgic magic was starting to wear off, bam! Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon jump on the screen as the live action versions of Ace and Gary. Ironic, because back in 2006 the animated duo revealed an undying obsession with Fallon during a “Best of TV Funhouse” special. Technically, we could also say that Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell made special appearances as well. Together, they provide the voices for the animated Ace and Gary. We should also make mention of the fact that Hamm and Fallon weren’t actually on set for the live broadcast, as their cameos were prerecorded. [Update:] Thanks to our readers for pointing out that Carell and Colbert actually did appear in the live version as well. We found them barely recognizable as Bighead and Dr. Braino, but looking back a second time it just makes it that much more funny! Watch the clip below. All in all, we’d classify the rest of the episode as mostly forgettable with a few hearty chuckles sprinkled in. “Weekend Update” featured two of our favorite guests, second hand news correspondent Anthony Crispino (Bobby Moynihan) and the hysteric inducing Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen as musical couple Garth and Kat. Not a bad way to spend an hour and a half, but we imagine this episode will be all but forgotten once Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga hit the stage next week.