This Week(end) In Bon Iver: Justin Timberlake is Justin Vernon
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• It was only a few weeks ago that the then-Grammy-less Bon Iver performed on the then-Karmin-less Saturday Night Live. But that didn’t stop frontman Justin Vernon from dropping by the hallowed halls of 30 Rock again this past weekend for a quick cameo, a few laughs, and a chance to kick it with Maya Rudolph. Well, sort of.
As you’ve probably heard 8,000 times by now, none other than SNL MVP Justin Timberlake impersonated Vernon on this past Saturday’s episode. During a surprisingly amusing sketch featuring a host of celebs congratulating Beyoncé and Jay-Z on their new baby, Blue Ivy, Timberlake pulls off a terrific impression of the Eau Claire musician, and puts himself to sleep in the process. (But hey, the white butler likes it!)
Vernon himself was delighted with the sketch, tweeting:
holy shit, i was just watching SNL and JT did a Bon Iver hilarious thing! Also, Maya Rudolph saying “bon iver” is enough. I can die now!!!
(Oh, and Lorne Michaels? You can make the check out to “Rob Wieland c/o The A.V. Club.”)
• Of course, that “Bon Iver hilarious thing” has many wondering just what’s up with this strange, undiscovered country called “Wisconsin.” Music blog Rock Of The Arts is even pondering whether Wisconsin might be the new Brooklyn, much to the delight of absolutely no one.
• It seems our call for more local and national coverage of the Wisconsin-Girl-Scout-leader-fired-because-of-a-goth-website story was a rousing success. The story blew up over the weekend, finding itself in The Huffington Post, the Daily Mail, and Jezebel, among other publications. The website in question, Wisconsin Sickness, has been capitalizing on its moment in the sun by promoting events, selling T-shirts, and accepting donations for a new server. Keep the spooky dream alive!