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Monday Evening Quarterback: SNL Season 34, Episode 16

Steve Martin may maintain the record (and others may, understandably, stay at a respectful distance) and Justin Timberlake may get the most press, but Alec Baldwin has been the outside personality most visible on Saturday Night Live for the past fifteen years or so — to such a degree that his eventual late-career peak as star of 30 Rock feels like a natural progression from his sketch comedy hobby.

Baldwin evidently feels so at home on SNL, in fact, that a parade of additional guest stars were all over this week’s episode to compensate for the host’s status as a semiregular. The first half-hour in particular was packed: Dan Akroyd presided over the Republican-mocking opening; 30 Rock scene-stealer (and, I’ve heard, one-time SNL audtioner) Jack McBrayer turned up for the monologue; musical guests the Jonas Brothers were the focal point of a sketch and the digital short; and Cameron Diaz reprised her Cougar Den character Kiki LaMore (which, sort-of-fun fact, she has never done while actually hosting).

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