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Ha! And now for something completely different– a Saturday Night Live clip that has people laughing– and talking. A day short of a year after the broadcast of his Lazy Sunday, Andy Samberg is back with another music video that will soon be spreading across the Internet. This one’s got Justin Timberlake… a holiday theme… and it’s SOSFW (sort of safe for work)– though the title’s not exactly: D**k in A Box, like last week’s Apocalypto parody, works counter to Lorne Michaels’ proven SNL form. Instead of establishing the premise, getting a weak laugh and then beating the joke into the ground for another mirthless eight minutes, this one takes a few seconds to sink in, then tops itself.
And just as the Apocalypto trailer seems to come from someone outside the SNL team, this one is set apart because it’s from Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island video comedy crew, who all came on board SNL together last year. We don’t know if it will turn out to be the next Lazy Sunday, but the form does signal hope for a creaky series with no standout stars, whose Christmas show seemed to take its cue from Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip.
(MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: NBC sees new potential for viral buzz. They’re offering the UNCENSORED VERSION here.)