I haven't really been into Saturday Night Live since the mid-1990s—remember when
Dana Carvey, Ellen Cleghorne, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Tim Meadows, Mike Myers, Kevin Nealon, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Julia Sweeney were all in the cast at the same time?!—but how could I not get excited about the Betty White episode, which aired this past Saturday?
After an aggressive and surprisingly effective Facebook campaign, Betty White was tapped to host SNL. A combination of love for Betty White and curiosity about this triumph of social media yielded the show's highest ratings in 18 whopping months. And, of course, she rocked the episode with her late-career trademark blend of sweetness and vulgarity (with excellent help from SNL surprise guests and alumni Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Molly Shannon).
My favorite sketch of the evening was her funny and pitch-perfect opening monologue...
...followed closely by this bizarre dance that she does...
...which Loren and Gabriel and I had to rewind and watch twice.
So...you saw it, right? What'd you think? And who should be the center of the next SNL Facebook campaign? Sherman Hemsley?! George Takei?! ALF?! No! Carol Burnett, Carol Burnett, Carol Burnett!
Watch the entire Betty White episode of SNL here.