Whaddaya know. Last night's "Saturday Night Live" was about as solid as any complete episode I've seen in ages. I believe in my soul that Jon Hamm was working extra hard to make up for the god-awful hosting job by his "Mad Men" co-star January Jones.
Hamm's opening monologue had him reviewing some of the projects from early in his career, from lame teen sitcoms to a QVC stint and even a performance on Def Comedy Jam. The joke being that he pretty much played Don Draper in all those shows, even as he delivered the punchline from a dirty Redd Foxx stand-up bit.
Other favorites had Hamm as Scott Brown, the distractingly hot new Senator from Massachusetts, and Hamm in a commercial with musical guest Michael Bublé hawking their new joint venture, the "Hamm and Bublé" (pronounced bubbly) restaurant. The restaurant serves ham and champagne, and that's it. It sounds stupid, but really, it was great. Hamm had kidnapped Bublé and was holding him hostage. Jon Hamm, as "Mad Men" fans know, does a mean glare).
Then there was the sorta gross, but also mesmerizing digital short in which Hamm starred as a mystical "Fabio meets Kenny G" sax player, Sergio.
Check out some of the clips below.