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“SNL” recap: Justin Timberlake promoted to the Five-Timers club

Last night, Justin Timberlake joined the ranks of repeat offenders Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Goodman, Drew Barrymore, and Candice Bergen, not necessarily entering the pantheon as a comedy genius per se — though he is a terrific sketch comic. (The guy can't play banjo, notes Steve Martin, working his underminer persona in a dreadful, "SNL"-vet-laden opening monologue that indoctrinates JT into the inner circle, and includes appearances by all "Three Amigos," plus Chevy Chase, Paul Simon, Tom Hanks, Baldwin, Bergen, and "SNL" writer and "Seven Minutes in Heaven's" Mike O'Brien.)

So what is it about Timberlake that makes us want him to come back to the Studio 8H every chance he gets? Andy Samberg helped him tap into it, for sure, creating sketches for him as his wingman, allowing him to showcase a charming, suave, cool, self-mocking douche — which he does exceedingly well. Samberg turns up here for two sketches — but, missed opportunity alert: There is no new digital short. (Don't tell me Patricia Clarkson and Susan Sarandon weren't around!)

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