Jude Law, Pearl Jam Headline "SNL"

Jude Law's second hosting gig features bestselling band

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    Dana Edelson / NBC Universal, In
    Jude Law poked fun at his Broadway career during his SNL monologue.

    The last time Jude Law hosted "Saturday Night Live," he was upstaged by singer Ashlee Simpson, who was caught lip-synching rather than vocalizing during her performance on the live show.

    This time, Pearl Jam was there to perform -- and there was no lip-synching involved.

    Law and the '90s rock band headlined the last "Saturday Night Live" until April this weekend, joining special guest Jerry Seinfeld on the show, which featured bits about scandalous politicians, Law's Broadway career, a few oldie-but-goodie sketches and a new digital short from master Andy Samberg.

    The episode opened with a mock interview from embattled New York politician Eric Massa, who allegedly groped -- or, tickled, in his words -- a staffer. Cue the requisite tickle-fingers jokes from "SNL."

    Law poked fun at his career on Broadway during his monologue and, later, in a sketch that showed his audition for the role of Hamlet against actors like Andy Samberg's dead-on version of Nicolas Cage.

    The actor also starred in a bit about adventuring in Spain and another sketch that played like an episode of "The Twilight Zone," featuring Law as the protagonist in the creepy segment narrated by Bill Hader's version of Rod Serling.

    The British actor last hosted the program in 2004, when Simpson was revealed to be using the help of background tracks to perform -- rather than actually sing.

    Law's second try at hosting went off without a musical hitch -- and even had a special guest judge.

    Jerry Seinfeld joined the cast during the Weekend Update segment to to star in the "Really? With Seth and Amy" bit alongside Seth Meyers, the Weekend Update host and "SNL" writer. Amy Poehler formerly filled the "Really?" seat.

    Seinfeld and Meyers began the second series of jokes about Massa on Update, as Seinfeld delivered one of the funniest lines of the show: "Why do I get the sinking feeling that 'Massa Massages' wer quickly followed by 'massabations?'" Seinfeld deadpanned.

    The former comedian is currently at work on his new series, "The Marriage Ref," airing now on NBC.

    Digital short maestro Andy Samberg brought another "Lazy Sunday"-esque creation to the "SNL" stage, airing the digital short "A Boombox is Not a Toy," which also starred Julian Casablancas. The short -- about the power the musical device has -- served as a tongue-in-cheek,  "cautionary tale" rap song warning kids that they "gotta know their limits with a boombox."

    Fred Armisen also brought back his goofy cross-dressing courtroom sketch, which featured the actor in drag as a senile stenographer interrupting court proceedings. Armisen last used the sketch with "Mad Men" actor Jon Hamm in the January episode Hamm hosted.

    '90s super-band Pearl Jam, led by long-time frontman Eddie Vedder, performed twice on the show.