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Five 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches for Betty White

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Feb 26th 2010 12:00PM
Now that it's looking like the demands of a Facebook group will yield Betty White hosting an upcoming episode of 'Saturday Night Live,' it's not that hard to imagine those same folks demanding (or at least politely suggesting) the sketches they'd like her to be a part of. White would've surely worked in a slew of the classic 80s sketches such as 'Church Chat' and 'Wayne's World' -- we can totally hear Garth calling her a "babe" -- but alas we have to work with modern day ideas.

A requisite 'Golden Girls' sketch aside, it'd be easy to just pigeonhole White into an "old woman saying shocking things" role; and yes, that would be funny to a degree, but she's much more talented than just playing Dr. Ruth-type characters. Here's our short list of recent reoccurring 'SNL' sketches that we'd like to see utilize White's talents.Now that it's looking like the demands of a Facebook group will yield Betty White hosting an upcoming episode of 'Saturday Night Live,' it's not that hard to imagine those same folks demanding (or at least politely suggesting) the sketches they'd like her to be a part of.

White would've surely worked in a slew of the classic 80s sketches, such as 'Church Chat' and 'Wayne's World' -- we can totally hear Garth calling her a "babe" -- but alas we have to work with modern day ideas.

A requisite 'Golden Girls' sketch aside, it'd be easy to just pigeonhole White into an "old woman saying shocking things" role; and yes, that would be funny to a degree, but she's much more talented than just playing Dr. Ruth-type characters. Here's our short list of recent reoccurring 'SNL' sketches that we'd like to see utilize White's talents.

Two A-Holes

Some people love the a-holes, some people don't. But imagine Kristin Wiig and Jason Sudeikis stumbling upon a Betty White Fan Convention, where they find themselves face-to-face with the weekend's heroine -- except they have no idea who she is. White, who's never been anything remotely close to an a-hole, would surely be tested by these two, and maybe, just maybe, become an a-hole herself.

MacGruber

It's obvious that White would fit seamlessly into the 80s riffing 'MacGruber,' and we think she'd work perfectly as MacGruber's mother. Because let's face it: as far as distractions go, a MacGruber with mommy issues would never stand a chance at saving the world from imminent destruction.

Gilly

Somehow, this has become one of SNL's flagship skits. We're not sure how that really came to be, but it's mildly amusing to see Kristen Wiig depict a psychotic young school girl with destructive tendencies. So where do all her troubles stem from? Easy -- a Betty White devil that rests on Gilly's shoulder, giving her sweet, grandma-toned pointers on how to blow things up.

The Cougar Den

The whole cougar thing is a bit played at this point, and the sketch seems to have run out of gas too, but one sure way to put this thing to bed would be to cougarize Betty White. This could go two ways: bring White into the current Cougar Den and have Wiig give her a lifetime achievement award, or close the sketch with a Cougar Den of the Future, where all the cougars -- White included -- still try to woo younger men (read: 75-year-old dudes).


What Up With That?
Possibly the best new sketch in a long time, Kenan Thompson's BET spoof show 'What Up With That?' excels at answering the issues of today with soul, while never addressing the featured guests. In the past, such figures as Al Gore, James Franco and 'The Office's' Mindy Kaling have struggled to get a word in, and we think DeAndre Cole should finally let someone (White) get their voice heard -- or at least get her dancing. Or juggling. Or dressed up like an ice dancer. This sketch's anything goes format really lends itself to plunging into the depths of White's potential.


OK, Betty White fans: how would you like to see her talents utilized?

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