Another View: Last Night's 'SNL' Was a Little Lazy and Embarrassing
OK, to be fair, I did laugh out loud more than once, and with any comedy show (especially 'SNL') that's a great sign. Betty White's monologue was quite good and she's the type of person who can take any material she's given and make it good, even if she's just pausing or doing a double take or making a face. I just wish that the writers had put a little more imagination into the sketches she was in.
Last night's math went something like this: Betty White + sex jokes = comedy gold!
Except it wasn't comedy gold. Yes, the first seven sex jokes were funny and made me smile and laugh, but the next 27 were not. It's almost as if the writers said "hey, the audience is going to get a kick out of White saying these dirty things! It's gonna be hysterical!" And the studio audience did seem to love everything that White did. She did a great job, but wasn't the whole "88 and a half year-old says naughty things" vibe a bit much? A bit too easy? And weren't a lot of the jokes ones that you could see coming?
Almost every sketch she was in had White talking about lesbians or having sex or kissing her grandson or her dusty, cracked muffin (a sentence I never want to write again). And let's be honest, that last sketch was just "Schweddy Balls" with a few words changed. If this was the stuff that actually made it on the air, the stuff White approved of, I can imagine the ideas the writers had that didn't get the green light. Was the C word involved? I'm just happy that they didn't have that sketch where the close family French kisses each other.
This isn't to take away from the great job White did hosting the show. There was enough good stuff in this episode to give it a thumbs up I guess, and White has earned the right to do whatever the heck she wants to do. She's a legend and deserved the massive applause she got last night. I just wish the writers were a little bit more creative in the stuff they wrote for White, doing something beyond putting her in a funny wig and having her talk about intercourse and oral sex.
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