“Saturday Night Live” closed out 2012 with its strongest episode in weeks.
“SNL” alum Martin Short, who appeared on the 1984-85 season, livened up what’s been a dull string of episodes with his kinetic, sprightly style. He brought with him a bounty of celebrity cameos (more on that later). Plus, we’ll never tire of seeing Paul McCartney perform.
The episode started with, instead of a cold open, the New York City Children’s Chorus singing a beautiful rendition of “Silent Night” in a nod to Friday’s heartbreaking school shooting tragedy. It was classy and dignified, and incredibly moving to hear the kids sing, “Sleep in heavenly peace/Sleep in heavenly peace.”