After months of build-up thanks to a massive Facebook campaign, Betty
White finally hosted Saturday Night Live
. At 88-years-old, the most
surprising and gratifying part is that White delivered one of the
funniest episodes in a long time, thanks to some assistance from a large
group of returning female cast members.
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The highlight of the night came early with the amazing return of Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon's signature sketch, Delicious Dish
, the NPR show where Betty White was the special guest, playing Florence Dusty, who unveiled her muffin. Much like Alec Baldwin's now-infamous "Schwetty Balls" sketch, it was just one large double entendre about Betty White's old and dusty lady parts, which lost their cherry in the 1930s.
Watch Betty White's Delicious Dish
It was clear from the start that this wasn't just any episode of
Saturday Night Live
. Betty White's first appearance earned her an
incredibly long applause from the audience. In the opening sketch, The
Lawrence Welk Show
also brought back Tina Fey, Rachel
Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler and Molly Shannon. Joining forces
with Kristen Wiig, that resulted in eight very funny ladies all on stage
Watch the eight funny ladies in The Lawrence Welk Show
Other highlights included:
-A fantastic monologue with Betty White thanking Facebook for getting her on SNL
while poking a little fun at the site and herself,
-Betty White as MacGruber's embarrassing grandmother.
-Weekend Update with returns from Maya Rudolph's Whitney Houston, Molly Shannon's Sally O'Malley, "Really!?! with Seth and Amy" and Tina Fey.
-Scared Straight, with Betty White saying "Wizard of Ass."
, an old people's version of the franchise with Betty White out-acting David Caruso.
-The cast singing a sweet version of the Golden Girls
theme song, "Thank You for Being a Friend," followed by Betty White's horrifying death metal version.
-Betty White acting like a crazy old lady with Tina Fey as a Census taker.
Overall, Saturday Night Live
was hilarious and, to the surprise of at least me, Betty White actually showed up in every sketch and gave her all for the whole night. As she said at the very end, she was a very scared, but very happy host, and everyone who's waited for Betty White to show up on SNL
should be happy too that the plan worked and the 88-year-old star was funnier than ever.(Image and video courtesy of NBC)