Celebrity Jeopardy!

SNL SPOILERS AHEAD

I always wondered if “Saturday Night Live”s depiction of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” contestants as bumbling idiots made it harder for the real show to attact stars for its celebrity weeks.

Anyway, with Will Ferrell guest hosting SNL tonight, I was hoping for a “Celebrity Jeopardy” skit, and I was rewarded — and then some. Ferrell played Alex Trebek, of course, and Darrell Hammond was his nemesis Sean Connery, but Kristin Wiig played a Stupid Kathie Lee Gifford, and the part of Stupid Tom Hanks was played by … oh, wait. That was really Tom Hanks, in a lovely and unbilled bit of self-deprecation.

Three celebrity characters and that’s it, right? Well, not quite. All of a sudden, and without explanation, Norm MacDonald pops up as Burt Reynolds!

Wonderful. And Amy Poehler is sitting in on Weekend Update!

The hermeneutics of Will Ferrell

I normally sit right on the center aisle at church, and during the processional this morning the pastor stopped — not something he normally does — and whispered something to me.

“Keep me in prayer,” he said. “I’m about to use Ricky Bobby in a sermon illustration.”

I haven’t actually seen “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” but it apparently has a scene where the title character insists that he likes the baby Jesus better than the adult one.

Sure enough, the pastor used that prayer to point out that many of us are guilty of preferring the cute little baby, who makes no demands on us, to our Lord and Savior. Unlike the uninhibited Will Ferrell character, most of us know better than to say it out loud. So it was a relevant and useful illustration — but I understand why a preacher might have some misgivings about invoking a Will Ferrell / Adam McKay movie!