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There were plenty of surprise gifts during this week's 2013 Christmas episode of "Saturday Night Live" and viewers were left with one of the best shows the long-running series has delivered in several seasons.
The show featured unannounced visits by Paul McCartney, Madonna and Barry Gibb in the first 35 minutes, joining musical guest Justin Timberlake and host Jimmy Fallon.
And things were just getting started. The show was so packed with musical brilliance that Timberlake was singing the acoustic tune "Pair Of Wings" at 12:55 a.m.
This was musical comedy on level not seen on network television since the days of Dean Martin crooning and cracking up with his guests, all with a contemporary edge and buzz that was once the hallmark of "Saturday Night Live."
Paul McCartney gave viewers a merry little Christmas present when he showed up with Fallon to turn the monologue into a duet featuring the popular Christmas carol "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," which was first brought to the screen by Judy Garland in the musical "Meet Me In St. Louis."
Fallon will be taking over for Jay Leno on NBC's "Tonight Show" following the Olympics. So he'll be everywhere on the Peacock network between now and then. Or as he put it, "Starting in February I'll be hosting the Tonight Show with Jay Leno." The show reminded us that Fallon has the comedic chops and musical skills to take what Leon and Johnny Carson built, and bring it to another level, especially since he'll bring the show back to New York.
Paul McCartney's drive-by duet would threaten to steal the spotlight from most musical guests, but that didn't seem a problem since Timberlake, a five-time host on his own, found time in his touring schedule to sing this week. His first song, "Only When I Walk Away," featured lasers and turned the SNL venue into an arena stage.