Jane Lynch, the epitome of the ensemble actress, topped off her opening monologue on Saturday Night Live with a song that jokingly claimed her character, cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, was the only reason to watch Glee.
Lynch, who's also starred in SNL alum Christopher Guest's ensemble mockumentaries, sang what she maintained should be the Fox series' theme song — co-written by two bottles of Jose Cuervo.
The show kept its focus on Glee in the night's first full sketch, as Lynch played Sylvester, who introduces Kristen Wiig's troublemaking character Gilly as a new student. The skit mostly poked fun atGlee's characters, highlighting the often one-note use of Mercedes (Keenan Thompson), Artie (Fred Armisen), Kurt (Andy Samberg) and Mr. Schuester (Jason Sudeikis).
Lynch dueled with Wiig during the show's recurring Password spoof. Wigg, portraying a self-obsessed actress who always says the secret word, was matched by Lynch's Phyllis Diller-like, self-deprecating comedian who delivers jokes instead of clues.
Lynch let newcomer Jay Pharoah run wild with a spot-on Denzel Washington impression in one sketch, while delivering most of the zingers as a promiscuous mother during the "The New Boyfriend Talk Show."
Lynch also was employed in the latest commercial spoof ("Damn It, My Mom Is on Facebook Filter") and digital short. In the first, she played a mom who discovers social networking, and she was a too-close-to-her-patient relaxation therapist in the second.
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