Lindsay Lohan has been very, very busy in the last week… for the first time in a while. She has had interviews with Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, and a gig hosting SNL! And perhaps the most remarkable thing about all of her appearances is that they have been pretty, well, good. She looks poised, sober and professional, and says that she now wants to be known for her work, not her exploits. We’ll see how this goes. Here are our highs and lows of Lindsay’s hosting night! (Warning: This is a long post.)
1.) The Monologue: Her monologue was fine. Admittedly, the people around her (Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Kenan Thompson) were funnier than she was, and Jon Hamm as backup host was seriously the most amazing idea of the night… although Jon Hamm was such a great host that it was hard to be quite as enthusiastic after this. But the real highlight was when Jimmy Fallown came out and said, “You’re the girl who dazzled us in Mean Girls!” and it’s time for your come back! (Or something like that.) Basically summed up why we’re watching this.
2.) Fake Commercial: This was far and away the best part of the show. Real Housewives of Disney = hilarious. Kristen Wiig was bringing it again as drunk, mean Cinderella. Taran Killam as a gay Prince Charming was too good! (They clearly just need to add him to some of the Real Housewives ASAP.) Belle’s rap is also a perfect impersonation of some of the Real Housewives’ singles. And Aladdin and Jasmine going broke was just hilarious. Again, Lindsay was not the funniest person in the sketch, but what can you do?
3.) Red Hair. This wasn’t a sketch but it might as well have been. The hair department of SNL was expressing a clear preference, as they put LiLo in red hair in literally every skit (Psychic Awards, Delinquent Girl Teen Gang, and House-sitter skit) where it was feasible. She still looks better as a redhead–thanks for confirming, SNL.
4.) Jon Hamm making an appearance during Weekend Update as Snooki’s boyfriend and possible baby-daddy, Jionni. Okay this one has nothing to do with LiLo, but we love Jon Hamm so much!
1.) Scared Straight Skit: Here, Kenan Thompson brought one of his recurring skits and they tried to insert LiLo playing herself. Unfortunately it was just awful. Lindsay went into her meltdown mode here and was clearly reading off of cue cards for a majority of the scene. She seemed super uncomfortable and like she didn’t know what was happening. Then the whole cast broke and started laughing. Total disaster–Kenan was the only person keeping it together.
2.) Delinquent Girl Teen Gang: What was this???? Was this a parody of something or was Fred Armisen just getting run over by a car over and over again? At least they put Lindsay in a red wig again! But really though, what was she wearing? Those shorts were not period-appropriate. This skit was just dumb. We hoped Jon Hamm would show to save it, but no such luck.
3.) Radio Skit: Seriously no idea what’s happening with this skit. Lindsay is… the intern. Because she cannot be trusted with real roles, evidently.
4.) Re-used digital shorts from past episodes: Verizon Commercial (02/11/12) and Chantix Commercial (01/07/12). SNL, these aren’t from that long ago. We remember that we’ve already seen them before. Why are you repeating? Did Lindsay take too long to learn her lines to create shorts?
Well, she looked pretty in her closing, and overall the show was not a disaster? Clearly they did not trust her with major character roles and generally relegated her to the “less interesting character” in every sketch… and she forgot her lines at that one point and was maybe (definitely) reading them. The SNL people look super relieved that they got through the night without any huge disasters. Overall a very mediocre SNL, but considering that this is Lindsay’s “comeback,” a solid effort. Not sure it’ll make people want to hire her, but she did prove that she could make it through hosting without a noticeable breakdown! Props!
- The Real Housewives of Disney Will Ruin Your Childhood [Snl] (jezebel.com)
- Lindsay Lohan Pokes Fun At Own Arrests During SNL Monologue (mediaite.com)