Welp … she did it. At 88 (and a half) years old, Betty White very successfully hosted her very first episode of Saturday Night Live last night and I am thrilled to proclaim that her performance lived up to all the hype. I had no doubt in my mind that Betty would be a fantastic SNL host but her performance far exceeded even my expectations. Because SNL brought back 6 fabulous female former castmates (Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey) to appear on the show with her, I thought that Betty‘s hosting duties might be diminished a bit. Not only did Betty hold her own amid this amazing sea of comedic talent but she also participated in pretty much every single skit (she even appeared in the opening skit and managed to change outfits during the credits before coming out to do her monologue!). THE WOMAN IS 88! AND, if you can believe it, the writing was actually good … nay, hilarious! IMHO, Betty delivered last night some of the funniest zingers ever uttered on the SNL stage. HILARIOUS!! Here is the batch of promo photos of Betty White as featured on SNL last night:
Betty White truly is a treasure … both comedic and otherwise. We are so lucky to have her … we really are. I’m hard-pressed to pick a favorite skit because all of them brought the LULz but if I had to pick one … I’d go with the NPR: Delicious Dish skit. In all honesty, I started to get uncomfortable with all of the muffin innuendo midway thru the skit. That is comedy gold, y’all. If you missed last night’s ep or just want to a refresher on how amazing it was, check out a batch of videos from last night’s Betty White ep of Saturday Night Live after the jump …
The Lawrence Welk Show (Opening Skit):
Betty White‘s Monologue:
NPR: Delicious Dish:
The Manuel Ortiz Show:
Weekend Update (with Sally O’Malley and Dotty O’Donaghan):
The following skits are web exclusive vid clips from the dress rehearsal for the show:
And here is the embed for the FULL ep of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Betty White:
Amazing … just amazing. Betty White is a PRO! Betty killed every line, she never broke character and really gave us all an education on how live comedy should be done. Paired with all of those fabulous female players, last night’s Saturday Night Live will surely go down in history as one of the best episodes of SNL ever — and it’s mostly thanks to fans on Facebook … and one fan in particular, David Mathew. Here is a photo snapped backstage at SNL last night of Betty and David, the man who started the campaign to get Betty White on SNL:
Maybe more television programming should be handled by the viewing audience. If you give the people what they ask for, you’re bound to make a lot of people very happy. I can’t say enough great things about last night’s ep of SNL. Betty worked harder than any host that I can think of … AND SHE’S 88! Betty … you are simply the best. Thank you.
So now that Betty finished her work at SNL, she can get back to SoCal to start production on her new TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland. 88 and going strong … bless you, Betty White!