‘Saturday Night Live’ Recap: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Does ‘Magic Mike,’ Mumford & Sons Perform New Songs (VIDEOS)

By: Peggy Truong / September 23, 2012

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt put on quite the show as host of this week’s Saturday Night Live.

The 31-year-old got down to business right away, stripping down to first a vest, then a bare chest, for a recreation of his “favorite part of Magic Mike,” which was also his “favorite superhero movie of the summer.”

Jay Pharaoh, who appeared in a slew of sketches in this episode, joined in on the opening monologue-dance number to “It’s Raining Men,” along with Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan. Needless to say, there was plenty of gyrating and confetti to go around.

Gordon-Levitt, who also hosted back in 2009, later put on his best Dos Equis hat, channeling the son of “The Most Interesting Man in the World” for two mock commercials of the beer brand.

“When he tips, he puts a negative amount, and says it’s ‘cash back,’” the ad’s narrator says at one point.

Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons performed two songs from their upcoming album, Babel, including the new single “I Will Wait.” The British band also wore their acting hats, playing a Beatles cover band called Hey Dude in a sketch with Gordon-Levitt.

What were some other highlights from this weekend’s ‘SNL?’

Gordon-Levitt took a dip in the hip-hop and fashion world (think Kanye West and Jay-Z), playing a scarf designer called Jay Thriller. The sketch, called The Finer Things, featured Pharoah and Kenan Thompson as rappers-turned talk show hosts.


Saturday’s episode also saw more screen time from newcomers Tim Robinson and Kate McKinnon, who appeared as Ann Romney on Weekend Update with Seth Meyers.

McKinnon hit all the right notes, and at one point told the Weekend Update crowd, “If you think I’m unrelatable, check out Callista Gingrich. She’s like a character from Mars Attacks!

Nasim Pedrad and Pharoah delivered the cold opening as Kelly Ripa and new co-host Michael Strahan, with guest Robert Pattinson, played by Bill Hader.

The trio addressed Pattinson’s recent woes with Kristen Stewart and her cheating scandal.

“Robert, when I’m down in the dumps, which has happened twice, I hit the gym for some light exercise. That’s how I got these!” Pedrad said as Ripa, revealing rock hard “abs” under her blouse.


Scroll down for more video highlights from Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ gig. The next episode will air on Oct. 6, with host Daniel Craig and musical guest Muse.