He may not have made us forget about “old what’s-her-name” Betty White
, but Alec Baldwin did enter the “Saturday Night Live” record books during this week’s season-finale episode, hosting the sketch comedy show for the 15th time. That put him, as he joked, “14 shows ahead of Ms. Betty White.”
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were the musical guest.
The “30 Rock” star shares the record for most times hosting with his Oscars co-host and “It’s Complicated” co-star Steve Martin. Baldwin joked during his opening monologue about the imagined rivalry between the two, with Martin chiming in via satellite to deliver his own White-themed zinger. “I’d like to thank all of my friends at Facebook Mexico for demanding I appear in this ’Saturday Night Live’ monologue,” Martin said before Baldwin abruptly turned off the television.
Baldwin also made light of the honorary degree he received from his alma mater, New York University, while delivering the commencement address recently at Yankee Stadium. “From now on, I would like you to call me Dr. Alec Baldwin, OB/GYN.”
As expected, living up to White’s ratings-busting episode proved difficult, with many of last night’s sketches feeling flat. Following a Digital Short starring Andy Samberg as a singing cokehead, Baldwin played a mustachioed cowboy in a “Dallas”-like television show called “Arizona Evenings,” where he was repeatedly interrupted by a big-toothed script supervisor named Starfish, played by Kristen Wiig. He later donned a floppy blond wig and spewed insults as a disgruntled high school swim coach, played the father to oddly clingy teen Bedelia, played by Nasim Pedrad, and hawked a time-traveling microwave called the Timecrowave on an infomercial. He also appeared in Kenan Thompson’s recurring sex tutorial sketch as Greek Costas, demonstrating moves like “Check the Faucets” and “The Facebook” for the instructional DVD “Grady Wilson’s Intimate and International.”
The pouf was back as Bobby Moynihan layered on the bronzer to play Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of “Jersey Shore” for a guest appearance on Weekend Update to talk about the upcoming season being filmed in Miami.
“Do you know what Florida’s main export is?” he asked Seth Meyers.
“Oranges! People keep getting us confused.”
And no strangers themselves to the “SNL” stage, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed two tracks, “I Should Have Known It” and “Jefferson Jericho Blues,” off of their upcoming album, Mojo, which drops June 15.