She didn’t strip, swing from a giant wrecking ball, or defile a foam finger, so it was a pretty chill Saturday night for Miley Cyrus.
The controversial pop star, who was both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live, kept it fairly PG-13 for the show, but gets points for poking fun at her now infamous twerking at the MTV VMAS in August.
Here are some of the highlights:
The show opens with an apocalyptic New York City in the year 2045. America is in ruins - not because of the government shutdown or the debt-ceiling crisis – but because of Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance. In a hilarious flashback to 2013, young Miley (played by Vanessa Bayer) tries to warn older Miley (played by Cyrus) that her performance might be too scandalous for TV. The warning is ignored, of course, setting in motion the destruction of the country. By the end of this sketch, Cyrus has already stuck her tongue out 5 times.
Cyrus enters the stage with more clothes on her body than we’ve seen on her in months. Sure, the suit jacket reveals her stomach – but all things considered – these threads must be her church clothes. In a short monologue, she confirms “Hannah Montana was murdered” and informs the audience she will not be twerking anymore now that white people are doing it. She also put the kibosh on any “Wrecking Ball” sketches – which left Bobby Moynihan literally hanging. Offstage. On a wrecking ball. Naked.
‘We Did Stop (The Government)’
Just like last week’s “Girls” spoof, it was a pre-taped parody that stood out as the sharpest gag of the night. Republican House Speaker John Boehner (Taran Killam) and Tea Party hero Michele Bachmann (Cyrus) are portrayed as drunken spring breakers out for a night of partying after shutting down the government in a spoof of Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” video. While Cyrus does a great job gyrating in a bathtub and licking an Abe Lincoln doll, it’s Killam who steals the spotlight. His over-tanned, Jersey-Shore-esque Boehner, dressed in spandex and mesh, humps Uncle Sam, flashes his butt, and has an awkward moment with a sleeping shirtless man on a couch.
Cheerleaders are sucked up into a spaceship while practicing routines. This sketch was probably written just so cast members could fly over the stage like Peter Pan. Fun for them (unless they’re afraid of heights) but not for anyone else.
ODDS AND ENDS:
Even though she promised in her monologue she wouldn't twerk - during the Girlfriends Talk Show sketch - Cyrus twerked. She really can't stop.
Cyrus sang an acoustic version of “We Can’t Stop” for her last performance of the night, which really put her voice into the spotlight. Maybe she felt she had something to prove after the VMA performance, which was bashed by critics as a vocal disaster.
While saying her goodbyes at the end of the night, Cyrus stood hand-in-hand with Vanessa Bayer, whose Cyrus impersonation first gave her a taste of fame on SNL.
The cover of Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz album
Weekend Update has a new segment called “Winners and Losers.” Thanks to Republican (and Canadian-born) Ted Cruz, Canada is a winner this week. Yes, as Seth Meyers put it, the States has been worried about Iran, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan – but it was a Canadian who shut down the U.S. government. Touché. Now, let’s all forget he’s Canadian, okay?
Aidy Bryant saved that Girlfriends Talk Show sketch. While Cecily Strong played the straight man and Cyrus’ character was just plain obnoxious – it was Bryant who got all the laughs playing a sweet, nerdy teen who spends her free time with her mom comforting a divorcee.
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