Maya Rudolph made NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” worth watching with her hilarious send up of Beyonce and the birth of her baby Blue Ivy Carter. A slew of celebrities stop by to pay respects to her and Jay-Z, played by Jay Pharoah.
Andy Samberg plays their conspicuous “white butler.” He announces a slew of celebrities like Prince (Fred Armisen), Nicki Minaj (Nasim Pedrad) and Taylor Swift (Kristen Wiig).
But the real surprise was when Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon drifts in. It’s really Justin Timberlake, who made an unannounced guest appearance. He puts himself to sleep with a dreary Bon Iver tune.
Lindsay Lohan is taking another step in her comeback effort. She’s landed a return spot as host on SNL in March. She also will have a powerful music guest, Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes.
The move will give her a chance to regain control of her image. Since her DUI arrest in 2007 and the string of legal problems that followed, she’s been a creature of the tabloids.
Her late-night partying, controversial relationships, meltdowns and trips to rehab allowed the trashier gossip mags to paint her in unflattering light, causing much of her film work to dry up.
The last time she appeared on “Saturday Night Live” was in 2006. She was at the top of her game following “Mean Girls” in 2004 and successive films “Herbie: Fully Loaded,” “Just My Luck,” and “Prairie Home Companion,” up trough 2006.
She became the youngest host of the MTV Movie Awards in 2004, when she was just 17. Lohan went on to host SNL three times between 2004 and 2006. She also hosted the 2006 World Music Awards. She was everybody’s darling.
It will be interesting to see how she measures up this time around. In the meantime, check out Maya’s killer skit.