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Saturday Night Live Recap: Dana Carvey’s Wayne’s World Reunion, Paul Brittain’s James Franco Impression

Dana Carvey returned to the Saturday Night Live stage last night. At first it seemed like he only showed up to remind everyone how the show has changed since his exit: The cold open was a Wayne's World reunion (with Black Swan plays on words involved), and the monologue was a song about how great Carvey's era was. Of course, he wasn't going to show up and not talk about his history with the show. In any case, Justin Bieber and Paul Brittain kept things contemporary, spoofing The Roommate and James Franco, respectively. Movieline suggested the episode relied too heavily on references to Carvey's past: "The nostalgia train may have been an easier ride if it had stopped right after the two screamed 'Live from New York … '" Entertainment Weekly noted, "The oldies kept on coming." And the Daily News exclaimed, "Justin Bieber stole the show from Dana Carvey." Not sure about that, but let's check out the highlights.

Most Nostalgic

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reunited in their old haunt: The set of Wayne's World. The Winter's Bone joke got old, but: "I could make a Mila out of her Kunis." Wow.

Most Theatrical

If you're going to boast about your own career, do it in song.

Best New Celebrity Impersonation

Paul Brittain got to lend his talents to a long overdue James Franco impression. Even though the "James Franco is really busy" jokes got old a little while ago, Brittain nailed Franco's ability to be simultaneously overachieving and carefree, ambitious and yet suspiciously casual: "I just love everything!"

Best Effort

Justin Bieber brought his acting A-game, even if the sketch was ridiculous.

Most Reliable

"Weekend Update" has always been consistent, but Seth Meyers has been really funny lately, mumbling new jokes even after delivering the punch line. He deserves a shout-out.

Photo: NBC