Rub your eyes, do a double take, but believe it: There really was a black woman on “Saturday Night Live.”
For one night anyway.
Host and “Scandal” star Kerry Washington was “SNL’s” answer to all the critics who complained the show wasn’t diverse enough, after Lorne Michaels hired six new white cast members and zero people of colour back in September.
While the jury’s still out on the six freshman, and there doesn’t seem to be any new hires on the horizon – it was nice to know that on this November weekend, there was someone available to play Michelle Obama.
We’ve missed Michelle.
Here are some highlights:
“SNL” addresses the lack of black females in its cast by making Kerry Washington play the roles of Michelle Obama AND Oprah Winfrey in the same sketch. While she is off camera apparently changing into a Beyonce costume, an “SNL” disclaimer appears on screen, apologizing for all the black female roles Washington will have to play that night, since she’s the only one who can fill them. “SNL” sure does have an abundance of white guys though, so the sketch ends with six different Matthew McConaughey impersonators. A slimmed-down Rev. Al Sharpton makes a cameo in the final seconds of the skit, shouting out the iconic “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night” tag.
Not much to the monologue this week. Washington plays up her fixer role on “Scandal,” to help out a few cast members. Bobby Moynihan’s embarrassing picture and Vanessa Bayer’s assault of a bouncer are problems Washington promises she can make go away. Kenan Thompson comes out with blood splattered all over his shirt – but asks her to help him find his keys. She does that too.
MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT:
The contestants representing the world’s ”less developed” countries at the Miss Universe pageant take over the telecast. Miss Moldova interrupts the hosts to thank her 10 kids, Miss Uganda (Washington) steals the microphone from Miss Spain, Miss Bolivia makes out with the female co- host, and Miss Greenland shows off her talent for putting her whole fist into her mouth. Donald Trump would probably still want all their phone numbers.
Sorry, Principal Frye. Jay Pharoah’s chastising high school principal is always funny, but this week he had to share the stage with Washington’s Ms. Cherry who – despite wearing a big clown wig and shouting in a high-pitched New York accent - was not.
ODDS AND ENDS:
Slim Shady may have pulled an Ashlee Simpson. No, he didn't lip sync off cue, but it certainly didn't seem like he was actually singing last night. Judge for yourself below. Good thing is, he has gone back to platinum blonde. He looks younger and we all know blonde covers the grey. Speaking of hair, let’s not forget about DJ Rick Rubin, who looks like he's the long-lost "Duck Dynasty" brother.
Jay Pharoah’s impression of retired NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is ridiculously funny – let’s just hope his eyes don’t cross permanently.
Haven’t heard enough of “What Does the Fox Say?” The SNL spoof “What Does My Girl Say”, featuring Jay Pharaoh and Kerry Washington as his nosey, demanding girlfriend, is worth a listen - and another ear worm.