It was a wild and unusually funny “Saturday Night Live” last night, with Justin Timberlake as host.
In a skit in which Justin is portrayed as an immigrant coming to America through Ellis Island, Timberlake speculates about his great great grandson. In the course of the skit, he predicted his progeny would sleep with a famous pop singer.
“”Publicly they’ll say they’re virgins, privately,” Timberlake says. “He hit it.”
So much for illusions.

Timberlake pokes fun at himself throughout the very funny sketch, also suggesting that making love to so many beautiful women turns his descedant to men. (He’s just kidding.)
The other big news from “SNL” last night in the realm of pop celebs is that Timberlake, if you care, is obviously still dating Jessica Biel. She was on the show and introduced Ciara, singing with Timberlake. So much for the breathless reports that the couple had broken up.
All of this is minor stuff. Overall “SNL” was consistently funny last night. Jimmy Fallon was back to do “The Barry Gibb” show, in which he and Justin are the Bee Gees brothers Barry and Robin Gibb in 70s leisure suits. Fallon was brilliant in that one, and the two of them had a ball. Also excellent was a new short musical film from Andy Samberg and Timberlake sending up Mother’s Day featuring Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson as their moms–the guys want to be the others’ “Mother Lover.” Hysterical.
Timberlake is an excellent comic presence, with –obviously–a voice that lends itself naturally to whatever’s needed. He could host a weekly comedy show with no problem.

What I don’t understand is why he continues to pretend to play musical instruments. He looked ridiculous mock playing keyboards during Ciara’s first song last night.
Ciara, meantime, is a mystery. A hot young thing, she’s great at leading backup dancers through gyrating dance moves worthy of a great strip club. She’s damn sexy. But her voice is thin and her songs are awful. Well, you can’t have everything.

PS Leonard Nimoy, Chris Pine, and Jeremy Quinto plugged the new “Star Trek” for no apparent reason, but it was nice to see Nimoy on the show.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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