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Michael Keaton hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the first time in 1982

In 2015, his nods to starring roles in "Beetlejuice" and "Batman" are brief

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“It’s showtime!”

Michael Keaton paid homage – ever so slightly – to his roles in “Beetlejuice” and “Batman” in his third turn hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.

Keaton acknowledged in his opening monologue that a lot has changed since he first hosted the comedy sketch show in 1982.

“I had a baby – he’s 31. I also have a new girlfriend – she’s 28,” he said.

Fans who were hoping for a full-blown revival of Keaton’s most memorable characters might have been a little disappointed. SNL cast members Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan begged the actor with a song to “play” Batman and Beetlejuice with them.

All they got in response were a couple of one-liners.

Overall, Keaton’s performance drew high marks from viewers and critics for its “deadpan” manner and “unpredictable weirdness,” in the words of A.V. Club’s Dennis Perkins. Fans also delighted in a cameo from “Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus during Weekend Update.

Keaton scored some laughs from the audience as an ad executive who’s not very good at his job, a confused grandfather and a high school teacher who gets asked to the prom in a riff on the romantic comedy “She’s All That.”

Other crowd-pleasing spots included a Scientology parody music video and a news conference spoofing the NCAA student-athlete debate.

The show also poked fun at CNN with cast member Cecily Strong playing anchor Brooke Baldwin.

Baldwin said on Twitter that she’s taking it as a “crazy compliment” and shared a clip from the skit.