Lizzo joined an elite club of recording artists who both hosted and performed in an episode that began with outrageous Easter messages from politicians and celebrities.
“A Message from the Easter Bunny” (Bowen Yang) featured impersonations of Britney Spears, Jared Leto dressed as Jesus Christ, Elon Musk and Donald Trump.
Cecily Strong’s rep, Marjorie Taylor Greene, greeted viewers with a chocolate gun loaded with real bullets.
“I aggressively said to all my Jewish and Muslim colleagues: Happy Easter!” she said, before explaining that the holiday had “gone a little bit LGBTQRT.”
“And there is nothing gay on Easter. A day when a bunch of male priests worship a shirtless guy with great abs and talk about wanting to eat his body. That’s pure stuff,” Strong-as-Green quipped.
Chris Redd repeated his impersonation of Mayor Eric Adams as a high-spirited Casanova looking forward to spring and glad that Brooklyn’s subway shooter was no longer his problem.
“Don’t turn on your TV, I’m so handsome, you know?” he boasted.
“We’ve got him. We’ve got the shooter. Sure, it took 30 hours and the suspect turned himself in, but we got him. Case closed,” the mayor continued.
“Bottom line: shooter composed, sexy back, violent crime waaay up. Bitch, I’m from New York. I’m Eric Adams. I run this town!”
Kate McKinnon’s dejected Dr. Anthony Fauci was weary of another COVID-19 surge as he warned people against holiday gatherings.
“I’m not here to give you any more COVID guidance. I’m not stupid enough to think you’ll follow him,” said the fake Fauci.
Singer and rapper Lizzo, 33, drew a round of applause in her monologue as she reflected on her career’s arc from rags to riches.
“Every show, I say the same thing to my audience and I’ll tell you the same thing: I love you, you’re beautiful and you can do anything. I am proof of that. I used to live in my car and now I host Saturday Night Live,” she said to thunderous applause.
Kenan Thompson hosted a trivia game show called “Guess That” in which Lizzo played an uncooperative contestant who angered Thompson until rival contenders Redd and Ego Nwodim also turned against him.
“So you make me play even though I can’t win. This man is a classic gaslighting narcissist, y’all,” she said, goading them until the host left the set.
A skit that played on Interscope Records circa 2008 gave viewers a glimpse into the Black Eyed Peas’ creative process as, with A&R guidance, they wrote nonsensical lyrics to “Boom Boom Pow,” “Let’s Get It Started,” and “I.” Gotta Feeling,” wrote reps Lizzo and Aidy Bryant.
Fergie, portrayed by Strong; will.i.am, faked by Thompson; apl.de.ap, from Redd; and Taboo von Yang rejected the intelligent pun proposed by Lizzo and instead used a stream of consciousness technique to write the songs.
“We want the song to be about tonight, so let’s start finding answers to the question ‘How will tonight be?’ collect,” Bryant asked the group, who responded with “Woo hoo,” “Mazel Tov,” and “Let’s do it.”
In the next skit, Lizzo brought a first date (Mikey Day) home to the house she shared with her grandfather, the Six Flags mascot Mr. Six (Chloe Fineman).
Eventually, it turned out that the house was full of elderly people in suits and bow ties happily dancing to the Vengaboys’ “We Like to Party.”
In the next skit, Lizzo was in the writer’s room confiding in comedy troupe Please Don’t Destroy that she wasn’t worried about hosting the show but had other concerns.
“It’s the whole musical guests thing. I mean two new songs? I don’t have it,” she admitted, before begging Ben Marshall, John Higgins and Martin Herlihy to write her a “Black Women’s Anthem” 10 minutes before dress rehearsal.
“We’re almost done for you and if these new songs aren’t good, I’ll kill you,” said Andrew Dismukes.
Just when it seemed the writers had hit a wall, Lizzo dug her sketch idea for a “horny zookeeper” into a hit.
Weekend Update shot President Joe Biden’s handshake with an unseen person after his speech in North Carolina last week.
“Her name is Kamala,” cracked Fake News host Colin Jost, referring to Vice President Kamala Harris.
“Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter for $43 million so he can relax free speech rules,” said co-host Michael Che.
“That’s how much white people want to use the N-word,” he joked.
“Twitter isn’t even profitable anymore. It just seems like a bad business decision,” Jost said as the riff went on.
“And I say that as someone who bought a Staten Island Ferry with Pete [Davidson, absent again from the show.]”
The segment joked about the non-fatal subway attack and talked about how Frank James turned himself in at a McDonald’s in the East Village.
“Judging by this photo, he auditioned for the role of Grimace,” Che said of the portly suspect, who was pictured in a two-shot alongside the plump purple fast food mascot in a navy blue shirt.
McKinnon stole the next sketch — about a planning meeting for an ancient Egyptian orgy that most of the cast attended — by making out with a live goat.
A prestigious orchestra without a flutist gave Lizzo a chance, but the conductor was stunned by the woodwind’s lack of decorum as she disrupted the stuffy environment by ‘twerking on the bassoonist’.
“We make music together and if that means I have to pop this booty for Beethoven, then so be it,” said Bryant’s violinist, as the ensemble members descended into a trunk-shaking rendition of “Ode to Joy.”
Lizzo and Dismukes played an elite couple who told fellow dinner party guests how the value of their beanie baby collection made them want to travel the world.
“Needless to say, we won’t be worrying about money for quite a while,” Lizzo scoffed before panicking after realizing the investment wasn’t as lucrative as the couple thought.
Lizzo introduced herself by saying “Ladies and Gentleman…me” before kicking off “Good As Hell” with a “Rapper’s Delight” inspired flute solo.
The actress’ mother introduced her second number “Special”.
The NBC show was scheduled to take a three-week hiatus and return to the airwaves on May 7 with guest host Benedict Cumberbatch and musical guest Arcade Fire.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/17/lizzo-performs-double-duty-as-snl-host-and-musical-guest/ Lizzo fulfills a dual role as ‘SNL’ host and musical guest