Compounding the disappointment was the fact that many recent shows have relied too heavily on recycling established sketch premises.
I was therefore hesitant in expecting too much from last weekend's Zach Galifianakis / Vampire Weekend episode. Zach G did not disappoint, delivering one of the funniest opening monologues in recent memory ("Hoobastank is here!"), although the rest of the actual skits were pretty run-of-the-mill.
The one thing that really grabbed my attention was the Pageant Talk sketch where Zach had shaved off his beard, only to appear during the goodnights re-bearded. It turns out that the beard was shaved during Vampire Weekend's second performance, and a fake beard was applied before the show's close.
ANYWAY, I thought Vampire Weekend sounded worlds better than they did during their first SNL appearance.
And just for kicks, here's some Jorma dancing to VW: