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'SNL' RECAP: Jonah Hill Brings in Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Cera and a Few Pornstars

Welcome to Edition No. 33 of Popculturology's Saturday Night Live recaps. All of your questions about the Jonah Hill-hosted episode will soon be answered.

How'd Jonah Hill do?

Hill's no SNL rookie, having previously hosted the show twice. I've usually included him among the better hosts of the past few seasons, probably because he's a funny guy for a living (unless he's working with Martin Scorsese or Bennett Miller) and he's game for SNL making fun of his "I'm a real actor now" persona.

This weekend's episode stuck to those previous trends, with Hill's monologue tackling the fact that with a second Oscar nomination, Hill's "I'm a real actor now" persona was getting the best of him. In response to the (fake) audience questions about what it was like to work with Leonardo DiCaprio on The Wolf of Wall Street, Hill started taking shots a his costar. That all changed when DiCaprio strolled out on stage, asking, "What the hell are you doing?" Hill's immediate reaction of "Oh god. Oh god, no" at the sight of DiCaprio was priceless.

DiCaprio wasted little time breaking down Hill's big shot persona, reminding Hill that instead of acting like this in public, he should just try to be the best version of himself. To settle Hill down, DiCaprio agreed to recreate an iconic Titanic scene. Good sport, DiCaprio. Why haven't you hosted SNL yet?

What were the best sketches of the night?

The pornstars. You can never go wrong with this sketch. It was reliably raunchy, so — as always — SNL had to save it until the very end of the show. Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong kill every time they do this sketch, perfectly nailing the balance between stoned ignorance and obscene one-liners. Is there any other recurring sketch that SNL would dare showcase lines like "You'll feel like you're conductor of running a train on the world" or "With these wheels, you'll feel like you're getting a rim job" with? I don't think so.

SNL and Hill have been bringing back the Adam Grossman/Benihana sketch for so long now, the show had to give poor Adam a new parent in this episode since Bill Hader, who previously portrayed Adam's exasperated father, is no longer on SNL. Bayer filled in for Hader, playing Adam's stepmother, Debbie. Poor Debbie. Even though her stepson is only 6, he never stops making her the butt of his standup humor routine. Does anyone know if "Do you like turtles?" works as a pickup line?

This digital short (yes, I'm going to just call everything a digital short now) should've pleased fans of both Her and Superbad. I'm not sure how much overlap there is between those two fan bases, but I know that I'm right in the middle of that cinematic venn diagram. Spoofing Her, "Me" cast Hill in Joaquin Phoenix's role, but instead of getting an operating system voiced by Scarlet Johansson, the guy in "Me" got one with a voice exactly the same as his own. This arrangement is really good when you want someone to compliment you on your mustache but also super awkward when it comes to ... um ... well, you know.

Hill's Superbad costar Michael Cera showed up to play the surrogate hired by the OS to represent himself in the physical world. If you ever wondered what it would be like if Superbad's Evan and Seth grew mustaches, started wearing high-wasted pants and sleeping with each other, "Me" is the fake movie you've been waiting for.

This sketch was worth it purely because of the random things Hill's character screamed at himself in the bathroom after thinking he had embarrassed himself at his boss' house. "THANK GOD THEY DON'T KNOW YOU HAVE INFANT PENIS SYNDROME? WHAT'S INFANT PENIS SYNDROME YOU ASK? JUST TAKE A LOOK?"

How about any shorts or commercials?

In addition to the "Me" short, SNL also tried to go high-concept with "The Hit," a sketch about three gangsters who become entranced with a snowfall while staking out a hit. Taran Killam and Kenan Thompson's gangsters were scolded by Jay Pharoah's gangster for trying to get out of the car to catch snowflakes on their tongues, but in the end, it was Pharoah's gangster who let the cuteness of a bunny get the best of him.

How was Weekend Update?

While SNL didn't bring back Kate McKinnon's killer Justin Bieber impression this week in honor of the Biebs' arrest, it did have Thompson play the cop who did the arresting. While talking to Strong during Update, Thompson's cop was quite proud of his work and didn't miss his chance to take a few shots at Bieber. "It was like finding a swaggy little leprechaun," Thompson's cop told Strong. Swaggy Little Leprechaun would be a horrible band name.

Had SNL gone with a castmember instead of Colin Jost to replace the departing Seth Meyers on Weekend Update, sketches like this one were exactly why McKinnon wasn't going to be that pick. She's probably the all-around strongest Update guest performer at this point, proving that again this past weekend by playing a Russian woman amazed that anyone would actually want to visit her country for the Sochi Olympics.

Anything else worth mentioning?

First off, Bobby Moynihan is actually pretty good at skating. Not amazing, but better than I would be. I'm glad SNL went with something other than a political sketch or a all-the-news-of-the-week type sketch for the cold open. Those get old quick and SNL hasn't really landed a great political cold open yet this season.

With Hader gone, it seems like SNL has made Thompson the go-to game show host now. I guess that's what he gets for being the longest-tenured SNL castmember after Meyers. The basic idea of this sketch wasn't really all that complex — who clogged the studio toilet? — and it was really only Hill's frantic defense against the charges that he was the one who did the clogging that saved it.

I will trade "Inside SoCal" for "Wake Up, Wakefield" every day of the week. Every. Day. Of the. Week.

What's next?

SNL is back on Feb. 1 with Melissa McCarthy hosting and Imagine Dragons as the musical guest.

Previous editions of Sunday Morning Live

Jan. 18, 2014: Drake
Dec. 15, 2013: John Goodman
Dec. 8, 2013: Paul Rudd
Nov. 24, 2013: Josh Hutcherson
Nov. 17, 2013: Lady Gaga
Nov. 3, 2013: Kerry Washington
Oct. 27, 2013: Edward Norton
Oct. 13, 2013: Bruce Willis
Oct. 6, 2013: Miley Cyrus
Sept. 29, 2013: Tina Fey
'SNL' RECAP: Jonah Hill Brings in Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Cera and a Few Pornstars Reviewed by Bill Kuchman on 1/26/2014 Rating: 5

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