Monday, May 10, 2010

A Word About the Betty White Episode of Saturday Night Live

Posted By on Mon, May 10, 2010 at 10:10 AM


It is a scathing indictment of Saturday Night Live's current team of writers that muffin, taco, balls, ass, lesbian and crotch massager were the funniest things they could think to have the 88-year-old Betty White say on this weekend's much-anticipated episode of the show. It was all predictably absurdist, Hangover-style bullshit: "Wouldn't it be funny and shocking if this old person talked about genitals?" And yes, it probably would have been had they squeezed all those words into one sketch about, haha, an old person saying gross shit. Spread out over an hour and a half—including probably 12 minutes of Jay-Z, plus maybe four minutes of in-show commercials for the MacGruber movie—with every single sketch featuring basically the exact same type of joke, it was a cheap crutch that made the whole thing feel like a missed opportunity.

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