Jason Segel Hosts Saturday Night Live With Muppets

Jason Segel Saturday Night LiveJason Segel received a nice visit from the Muppets during his opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.

The Muppets dropped in on host Jason Segel’s opening monologue, and Kermit the Frog joined Seth Meyers on “Weekend Update” to question how lawmakers can count pizza sauce as a vegetable serving.

The best bits were the bawdy ones: The Kissing Family members found new ways to express their affection with help from the homeless. The Kemper Pedic Bed commercial delivered some audacious and raunchy physical comedy.

On the topical front, Regis Philbin’s exit from “Live! With Regis and Kelly” was the chance for the “SNL” cast to show its skill in impersonating everyone from Rosie O’Donnell and Charles Barkley to Denzel Washington and Garrison Keillor. That sketch delivered more laughs than the blah opening in which Mitt Romney (Jason Sudeikis) struggled to reveal a raw and uncensored side.

The show cheerfully exploited Segel’s tallness: The “How I Met Your Mother” star was Andre the Giant picking an ice cream flavor. In drag, Segel made one ugly prostitute in Andy Samberg’s off-the-wall short “Seducing Women Through Chess.”

The show had surprises. Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman visited “Weekend Update.” Paul Rudd popped in on the Kissing Family. Another bonus: Florence + the Machine was the capable music guest.

Kristen Wiig, as a secretary with nothing to say, was the best thing about a so-so retirement-party sketch. The large cast reconvened to promote wacky holiday songs, such as “Drippin’ Gravy,” in a skit called “New Jack Thanksgiving.” The Muppets returned for the goofy finale featuring a local band that kept singing “Massachusetts Afternoon.”

Next weekend, “SNL” will repeat the best episode so far this season: the one with Melissa McCarthy of “Mike & Molly” as host. On Dec. 3, Steve Buscemi of “Boardwalk Empire” will host, and the Black Keys will be the musical guest.