Monday, May 10, 2010
Betty White Nails SNL
Last Saturday's SNL with host Betty White brought in the highest ratings for the 35 year old show in 18 months with an 8.8 rating. How's that for a funny 88 year old comedic actress who knows how to keep her comedy fresh? Betty was charming, nervous, hilarious. She was in every sketch and shared the stage with a reunion of funny SNL ladies such as Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon and Maya Rudolf. Rooting for her was easy, but she didn't need it. That lady can bring on the salty material with a sweetness and bawdiness that could make Bea Arthur blush. From the NPR Muffin Sketch to Scared Straight to MacGruber's Grandma to head banging Betty in an SNL Digital Short, Betty held to the funny all night long. And why not? Keeping up with edgy comedy and rolling with the flow is Betty's style. It transcends age.
Here's a sketch from rehearsal that was cut. Damn you, time constraints! Here's Bronx Beat.
And a Debbie Downer sketch that was cut...First 30 Rock and now this terrific sketch. Did Rachel smack Lorne's dog or something? Why cut Rachel?