If you haven't heard, Will Ferrell has a sequel to "Anchorman" due out this month.
One of his co-stars in "Anchorman 2," Paul Rudd, hosted "Saturday Night Live" this week but viewers were graced/cursed with another appearance of Ferrell playing off the lead character's role during the show's monologue.
About the only places "Ron Burgundy" hasn't shown up in the past two weeks are at the Vatican, "Sesame Street" or on Wall Street ringing the opening bell. He anchored a news cast in North Dakota, interviewed Peyton Manning on ESPN and helped to call a curling tournament in Winnipeg.
Last week, Emerson College temporarily renamed its School of Communication the Ron Burgundy School of Communication to celebrate Ferrell's 1970's newsman. Burgundy was set to anchor ESPN's "SportsCenter" but serious news, the decision not to charge Heisman Trophy favorite Jameis Winston with sexual assault, got in the way.
During the SNL opening, the actors who play the "Anchorman 2" news team got into a showdown with musical guest One Direction. Rudd lamented that his previous times hosting the show featured Beyonce and Paul McCartney but that this time, he wasn't going to be overshadowed by the musical guest.
"Finally, it's the Paul Rudd show."
Then in walked One Direction.
Rudd counted that boy band with his "man band," which consisted of the stars of the "Anchorman 2" sequel, Rudd, Ferrell, Steve Carell and David Koechner.
"Why don't you beat it Menudo," said Ferrell, who mercifully appeared out of Burgundy character and surprisingly sans mustache and polyester suit.
Carrell added: "Why don't you kids go sit on Santa's lap and ask for a pair of balls."
Eventually, the group brokered a peace and all nine sang "Afternoon Delight."
Immediately after the monologue, the requisite "Anchorman 2" commercial aired.
We get it.
Former cast members Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig livened up the cold opening as SNL did a quick recap of "The Sound of Music."
The hills were definitely alive with something, as Wiig's legendary SNL character Dooneese joined the Von Trapp family.
Rudd turned the tables on the Tyler Perry character Madea in a promo for "White Christmas," which was hyped as "the first black holiday movie for a white audience."
One fake review called it "The Macklemore of movies."
Rudd worked the presence of "One Direction" into a sketch where he played a sort of scary and kind of creepy grown man, Dan Charles, hanging out a group of young girls and tweens waiting for a glimpse of the group.
One fan's hopes of marrying Zayn were dahsed when Rudd told her: "I absolutely hate to tell you this, but you're not. I know what Zayn's into, and it's definitely not you."
And he picks up the phone while waiting in line and tells one of his fellow fans: "My wife just had a baby."
Ferrell wasn't done after his appearance as Ferrell promoting Burgundy. His "Bill Brasky" character sketch was resurrected [it was originally co-written by Koechner] as Ferrell and his drinking buddies lauded their former comrade.
Of his pal, the drunken Ferrel said: "He was the best man at my wedding. By best man I mean he got drunk, took a dump on the wedding cake, and made love to my wife on a water fountain."
This season's best new "Weekend Update" character, 19th century speech critic Jebidiah Atkinson [Taran Killam] returned to review various Christmas specials and holiday movies from over the years.
"The Charlie Brown Christmas Special was garbage. I was hoping for joy and wonder. Instead I got a 30 minute Zoloft commercial. Cheer up kids, you're seven."
"Don't get me started on Snoopy. If you ask me, "Family Guy" killed the wrong dog."
Can't wait until he reviews the Oscar picks.
Of course, the headline musical act performed three times [counting the brief "Afternoon Delight" interlude, which was not made available as a separate clip by NBC]. Their two full sets were "Story of My Life" and "Through the dark."
SNL veteran host John Goodman returns next week with musical guests Kings of Leon.
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