He wasn’t pulling double duty like Bruno Mars did back in October–or like Justin Bieber will do in just two week’s time–but there was still plenty of opportunity for Adam Levine to show off what his day job is like during his first Saturday Night Live hosting gig. He’s been stretching his acting muscles in recent months, but Levine stuck to his musical roots just enough to bust out a catchy hook and taking part in the formation of a brand-new beef, the latter taking place when Pat Monahan of Train (Taran Killam) steps to his own Maroon 5. Employing one of our necessary rules for successful hosting, Levine was not above mocking his own group, and the bands squared off in a battle of harmless guitar riffs and lady-killing stares while the likes of Jason Mraz (Jason Sudeikis) and John Mayer (Bill Hader) looked on.
But the night was not complete without the return of the digital short and the Lonely Island, whom we miss now more than ever. Levine joined Andy Samberg (welcome back!), Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer to hold court along the famous Grease raceway, reminding us that yes, we only live once, and we probably shouldn’t take that for granted with stupid stunts that will make us momentarily Internet-famous.
When considering all the dangers that threaten us on a daily basis, the Lonely Island guys are most comfortable poo-pooing our penchant for listening to loud music in nightclubs–one night is not worth the long-term hearing damage–while Levine is on hand to break up any kind of sexual activity before it comes even close to starting.
Musical guest Kendrick Lamar, who made his SNL debut with “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “Poetic Justice” and seemed genuinely excited to be among the famous funny folks who’ve walked the halls at Studio 8H, joined in on the fun, serving as the quartet’s sensible financial planner cum real estate agent who believes we’re currently in a buyer’s market and believes in only giving the most low-risk of advice to his clients. Life is too short to be plagued by debt and bad credit.
If the power of one inescapable meme had you shaking your head at some of the stupidity it birthed throughout 2012, give it up for the brave folks who feel we should all be a little more cautious with the precious gift that is life and want to kick the year off with one message: safety first.