I watched Betty White on Saturday Night Live the other night, and I found it for the most part very enjoyable, hilarious at times and occasionally “meh”. (I didn’t stay up for the whole show, actually; I went to bed after “Weekend Update”, happy to let the visions of Tina Fey behind the newsdesk once again dance about in my head.)
White did a really good job on the show. I have to confess that I’m just not that huge a fan of Betty White. I have no problem with her whatsoever; I don’t dislike her at all. But I admit that I just don’t get why it’s become the case of late that anything with Betty White in it is automatically considered Awesome. (And to be honest, I didn’t like Golden Girls much at all, but that’s certainly not Betty White’s fault. The show just didn’t amuse me much.)
But as for SNL? Some great stuff there. The opening sketch, a parody of Lawrence Welk, went on a bit too long, but White’s monologue was one of the better monologues I’ve seen on SNL in a long time. There was a sketch in which White appeared on what appeared to be a Latino talk show. I actually dosed off during this sketch, but I’m willing to grant that this may be due to my almost always being asleep by 11:30 pm than because of the sketch. The “muffin” sketch was hilarious, and I also found the next one funny as well (“Maybe it’s because she’s a lesbian!”). All in all, I thought White did a great job on the show.
I also listened to Jay-Z’s rap performance, and it confirmed what I’ve always thought about rap music: I admire the artistry at work in it, but man oh man, is it ever not my cup of tea. It doesn’t appeal to me at all, but I don’t hate it and I would certainly never claim that “rap isn’t music”.
Anyway, kudos to Betty White. Next week we’ll have Alec Baldwin hosting SNL for what must be the 89th time. I think Baldwin has probably appeared on the show more times than John Belushi by now. Yeesh! (Actually, I’ve just looked it up, and it’s not even close. This will be Baldwin’s 20th appearance. Belushi appeared in 88 episodes.)