It’s hard to believe, but at the spritely age of 85 years young, Tony Bennett is as ubiquitous as ever. His new album, Duets II, is on pace to debut at #1 on the Billboard albums chart, his controversial remarks about 9/11 had his name in the headlines (for better or worse) all last week, and on Saturday night, Alec Baldwin capped a bravura Saturday Night Live hosting performance with his great, great impression of the man born Anthony Dominick Benedetto.
This is the fourth time that Baldwin has broken out his hilarious Tony Bennett character while hosting SNL; the first came in 2002, the second in 2005, and in his 2009 appearance on the show, he was even joined by Mr. Bennett himself. This weekend, Baldwin as Bennett was asked to give his opinion on what’s going on at the movies, which was really just an excuse for him to tell his hilariously ribald tales of what life was like back in the swingin’ sixties. There were references to Charleston Chews, “HeBros,” seeing eye myna birds, and a three-way between him, Bobby Darin and a blind lady. Truly some great, great, great stuff.