After last night, Saturday Night Live should probably go ahead and call it quits — because they will never, ever, ever top the charm and wit and filthy mouth Betty White brought to the show. Betty was the rock star of the SNL reunion, basking in (and sometimes even outshining) the collective glory of one of the finest female comedy teams to ever take the stage together.
The energy in studio 8h was palpable. I would have stayed up all night watching throwbacks to vintage Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon and Rachel Dratch. But, for the first time in a decade, SNL actually ended while it was still funny.
Here are some of the Betty’s best skits from the night:
Opening monologue — "I can’t believe I’m hosting Saturday Night Live. As many of you know, I’m 88 years old — so it’s great to be here for a number of reasons."
"Delicious Dish" (with Molly Shannon and Ana Gasteyer) — "My muffin hasn’t had a cherry since 1939."
"Gingey" — "You can put that lesbian in any kind of a dress you want, and you know what you’re gonna end up with? A lesbian."
"Census" (with Tina Fey) — "Will I need a calculator? ‘Cause I have one. But I took the batteries out to use them in my crotch massager."
Lawrence Welk cold open (with Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Kristen Wiig) — "Before this day comes to an end, we’d like to say, ‘We love you.’ ‘We love you.’ ‘We love you.’ ‘I had a worm in my hair …’"
Unfortunately, the "Thank you for being a friend/Happy Mother’s Day, motherf–kers" skit isn’t online yet. But I’ll post it as soon as it becomes available. There are several web exclusives, plus "Really? Really?! With Seth and Amy and Tina" up at NBC.com.
What was your favorite moment of Betty White on SNL?