Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor
The actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis took Saturday Night Live in a new direction this weekend. It had been a long time since a comedian—a true comedian—took the helm, and even longer since the last monologue delivered without a reliance on cue cards. But what I liked the best was the moment lost on a lot of viewers: during the second song by the band Vampire Weekend, Zach (he of prominent beard fame) shaved off his beard. He did the final sketch with only a mustache (that got the Twitter followers going) and then showed up minutes later during curtain calls with...a beard. But sharp-eyed viewers (including this reporter) noted his curtain call beard didn't quite reach the mustache, nor did it have the thickness of his natural beard. A quick Blackberry exchange with a "senior SNL source" confirmed my hunch--which was again confirmed by this "SNL Backstage" clip:
Anyway, it was pretty darn entertaining at 12:55am on a Sunday morning!
Welcome back for another week. We're so happy to have you. I hope you can join us tonight.