‘SNL': Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro Join John Goodman; Mandela Interpreter Returns (Video)

'SNL': Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro Join John Goodman; Mandela Interpreter Returns (Video)

Goodman hosts for 13th time

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro turned up on “Saturday Night Live” to welcome John Goodman to his 13th time hosting the show.

In a Christmas sketch, the trio played “The Three Wise Guys” — imagine if the three wise men were from New York and New Jersey — who riff about their journey to see the newborn messiah.

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“I make my camel wear shoes,” said Stallone. “So when I look down, I don't see any camel toe.”

“I got him some frankincense,” De Niro said, when asked what he had brought for the newborn Jesus. “It's nice. It's like a hair gel.”

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“Where'd you get it?” asked Stallone.

“Let's just say it fell off the back of a donkey.”

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Hey, whatever gets people out to see “Grudge Match,” Stallone and De Niro's new movie. Both have hosted “SNL” previously.

The show opened with Kenan Thompson playing the interpreter who did bogus sign language throughout the funeral of Nelson Mandela. He was one of several funeral guests who bedeviled Jay Pharoah's President Obama.

Kate McKinnon played German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who interrupted Obama to demand a selfie.

“I feel like you kind of owe me after the whole wiretapping mein self phone thing,” she said.

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Goodman noted in his monologue that he had hosted the show every year from 1989 to 2001.

“Then I stopped. Why? Because I had to work. I was in ‘Monsters University,’ and ‘Argo,’ and 36 Coen brothers movies, a North Korean propaganda film that teaches schoolgirls how to stretch,” said the Inside Llewyn Davis” star.

Then he and Thompson sang a “All I Want For Christmas Is Booty,” a festive song that somehow lacked the holiday wholesomeness of “Dick in a Box.”

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Next came Bobby Moynihan playing Guy Fieri, host of a hellish Christmas special featuring Bret Michaels, Criss Angel, Kid Rock, and Verne Troyer, among many others. He turned a fruitcake into a “straight cake” made of bacon and cars. Goodman played Dog the Bounty Hunter.

The next commercial break, oddly enough, featured an ad for Fieri's real Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

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Later, Goodman played a self-conscious snowflake and a woman fired for being too hot, Kings of Leon performed, and Thompson dropped in on “Weekend Update” as a black Santa Claus. He responded to Fox News host Megyn Kelly's claim this week that Santa is white.

“I'm surprised that people ever thought I wasn't black,” he said. “Have you ever known a white man to wear an all-red suit?”

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And, near the end of the show, Goodman discovered the inexpensive joys of H&M:

  • themaskedmarvel

    How could three famous actors have such bad comic timing? Or is it just horrible writing? The camels were the funniest part of the sketch…….

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