This just in: The massively overhyped television event that was last night’s Betty White hosted instalment of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE actually bucked the trend and… wait for it… lived up to the hype! Which is why, rather than nitpick about the little things — like the show’s astoundingly unimaginative writing that relied far too heavily on age-related humor and juvenile sexual innuendo upon discovering that having an eighty-eight-and-a-half year old woman says “balls” and “lesbian” on TV is, well pretty darn funny, or the fact that Cheri Oteri was M.I.A. among SNL’s fabulous funny female alumni that included Tina Fey, Maya Rudloph, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch — we’d rather focus on the positive and commend White for bringing with her the type of infectious energy and talent that resulted in one of the funniest episodes of the season.
With apologies to January Jones and Taylor Lautner fans, we’ve always seen SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE as somewhat of a litmus test for genuine talent and career longevity. And not that she needed to prove anything courtesy of a career that has spanned seventy (70!) years, White‚ with her very funny monologue knocking the very mechanism that got the ball rolling (“Facebook is a huge waste of time”), a digital short that is sure to go viral, and her work as “Vivian Caruso” in SNL’s send-up of CSI: SARASOTA (Because poking fun at the network for old people (CBS) is never not funny) — only further cemented her status as a true television icon.
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