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SNL Recap: Jonah Hill Hosts, The Shins Perform

Posted Sunday March 11, 2012 5:08 AM GMT

Bringing the laughs to the NBC sketch comedy show, Jonah Hill took over the hosting duties on yesterday's (March 10) episode of "Saturday Night Live".

Kicking things off was a Cold Open sketch finding Rush Limbaugh (played by Taran Killam) laying into the “sluts” at Turbo Tax and other sponsors that pulled their ads from his show as a result of his birth control rant, after which Jonah stepped onstage for his monologue in which he gloated to the Studio 8H audience about having been nominated for an Academy Award this year - only to have Tom Hanks make a surprise appearance to put the "Moneyball" actor in his place.

During the course of the show, a favorite was a Weekend Update segment in which Andy Samberg stepped into the role of Sarah Palin to critique the just-aired HBO movie about the former Alaska governor titled "Game Change," as well as a piece in which Kristen Wiig channeled Paula Deen in addressing the sexual harassment lawsuit the celebrity chef is facing as a result of her brother's alleged actions.

Other clips included a digital short dubbed “Tennis Balls” in which Hill is repeatedly hit in his man jewels to test the human heart rate after undergoing stress, along with a bit titled "J Pop" which saw Michigan State students welcome their friend from Jewish summer camp, who happened to be a Samurai sword enthusiast.

Joining Jonah on last night's "Saturday Night Live" was musical guest The Shins, as the indie rock band consisting of James Mercer, Yuuki Matthews, Jessica Dobson, Joe Plummer and Richard Swift offered up performances of their songs "It's Only Life" and "Simple Song".