'Saturday Night Live': Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes us laugh, Sarah Palin is President in '2012'

jgl-snl.jpgJoseph Gordon-Levitt's "Saturday Night Live" "Make 'Em Laugh" was one of the best openings we've seen in awhile, followed by an excellent faux-movie trailer for "2012." Video below of both.

If you aren't familiar with the song "Make 'Em Laugh," you should go out and rent "Singin' in the Rain" as soon as possible. The number is comedian Donald O'Connor's most famous performance.

Tonight Joseph Gordon-Levitt opened "Saturday Night Live" with a full performance of "Make 'Em Laugh," complete with backflips off the scenery just like O'Connor did in "Singin' in the Rain." It was delightful. Video below. It may not be laugh-out-loud funny but we can certainly appreciate the homage and the difficulty level.

Following Levitt's opening, "SNL" brought us a trailer for disaster movie "2012." Except the "disaster" part of the movie was Sarah Palin being elected president in 2012.

The worst part? Glenn Beck was her VP.

It's unfortunate the show followed up those gems with a painfully unfunny spoof on the old game show "Password." But we guess you can only hope for a couple bright spots on "SNL" nowadays.

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