I hate Saturday Night Live. The show hasn’t been funny in almost two decades, so I avoid it like the plague. Give me the halcyon days of Michael Meyers, Adam Sandler; the lost-before-their-time talents of Chris Farley and Phil Hartman. Heck, take me back to John Belushi, Dan Akroyd and Laraine Newman while you’re granting wishes! It’s all better than the drivel spewing out of Lorne Micheals’ latest troupe.
…and then along came Betty White to host SNL this past weekend.
She’s88 (and a half) friggin’ years old and ten times as funny as these hack jobs. The woman has pitch-perfect delivery, is amazingly expressive and hit all of her cues like a sniper rifle. An 88 (and a half) year old sniper rifle aimed right at the funny bones of all the viewers lucky enough to watch her perform this weekend. In the past I may have said I’d be merely “upset” when Betty White shuffles this mortal coil, but I’ve upgraded that status to “crying my eyes out”. She’s shown me that the oldschool is still the best school when it comes to comedy, and that a little bit of aged dignity can go along away – even when she’s calling someone a lesbian and referring to a fellow cast member as “Poocasso”.
It was the first episode of SNL in years that I’d watched for more than just seeing a band I liked performing a song I’ve probably already heard before.
I’ve always loved Betty White, too. I’m not writing this because of some BW Fanbus that just roared into entertainment town, although Facebook, a paragon of fan-centric culture, was the reason she got on SNL in the first place. I’d known her characters on Mary Tyler Moore and the Golden Girls and I even tuned in to watch the celebrity roast of William Shatner; one: because my dad looks and acts like William Shatner and two: Betty White’s roast. It was “White gold”; although I can’t mention its content on these hallowed pages.
Oh, and Betty White’s hosting job on SNL also garnered the best ratings the show has seen in 18 months. Now that’s impressive! Maybe Lorne Michaels will do more to listen to the online community, because this stuff just seems to be writing itself! If you want people to watch your show, just give them something worth watching! Genius!
If you’re in disagreement, or just haven’t been keeping up with Madame White lately, I suggest popping over to Hulu.com and having a look at some of the sketches she was in (which was all of them, I believe). Hey, I never said the SNL cast was stupid; just not too good at comedy.
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