Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe (who just completed a run on Broadway in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and who will be seen in the upcoming feature film The Woman In Black) paid a visit to Saturday Night Live last night to host the weekly sketch comedy and by most accounts, he did a really great job. While I personally wasn’t all that impressed with the variety of sketches that they came up with for this week’s episode, I did think that DanRad did an excellent job with the material provided to him. The musical guest last night was newcomer Lana Del Rey who most people have never heard of … and after her painfully awkward performance last night, may likely never want to hear from again. In case you missed SNL last night or just want to watch the sketches again, you can check them out below.
Daniel Radcliffe Monologue
Ricky Gervais Promos
You Can Do Anything
Spin The Bottle
Harry Potter Epilogue
Weekend Update: Casey Anthony’s Dog
The Jay Pharoah Show
Of these skits, I really loved the Harry Potter one the best … that was the skit that I felt was the cleverest and best performed. I enjoyed DanRad in the Target Lady skit and I really thought he was hilarious as Casey Anthony’s Dog. The rest of the skits were just OK, I thought. I liked the non-DanRad Ricky Gervais sketch … that one turned out pretty funny.
As for the musical guest … well … Lana Del Rey has been hyped up in recent months as the “next big thing”. Her debut album Born to Die is set for release on January 31. For her to get the musical guest spot on SNL without having a record out is a major coup, especially since it is likely her first introduction to a vast majority of the population. While Lana sang beautifully, I felt her performances last night were flat and boring. The poor girl looked so awkward as she performed … and she really needs to lay off the lip injections. Here are the videos of Lana’s performances last night:
Many folks maintain that Lana bombed last night … and while I wouldn’t go that far, I do think she prolly didn’t capitalize on the SNL stage like she should have. It should be noted, in clarification, that Lana Del Rey’s real name is Elizabeth Grant. Lizzie Grant released her indie debut album in 2010 and was snapped up by Interscope records … who have done everything they can to erase her past, give her a new name and will attempt to make her the next big music star. We’ll have to see how that works out for her. The girl is extremely talented … we’ll just have to see if the marketing is able to show the world her talent … before she gets squashed under the pressures of expectations.
Did any of y’all watch SNL last night? What did you think? Were you impressed by Daniel’s performance? What did you think of Lana Del Rey?