'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Miley Cyrus Can't Stop, Won't Stop
This Oct. 5, 2013 photo released by NBC shows guest host Miley Cyrus, left, and Kenan Thompson in a scene from the late-night comedy series 'Saturday Night Live,' in New York. (AP Photo/NBC, Dana Edelson)
It’s her party and she can do what she wants.
As the host of this week’s “Saturday Night Live,” Miley Cyrus got the last laugh over the so-called controversy over her MTV VMAs twerking appearance. She not only (very gamely) made fun of herself, she made fun of everybody who made it A Very Big Deal.
Cyrus has always been a bright performer, both as a child and now as a young woman. She’s “on,” 100 percent of the time. And she brought that high level of energy and personality to “SNL,” which definitely needed it. Just like last week, the writing was pretty lackadaisical, but both Cyrus and the cast members were able to wring some laughs out of us.
It all started with her cold open and monologue. The cold open was, thankfully, not directly about the government shutdown; “SNL” has shown, time and again, that it’s terrible with current-event cold opens. Instead, this one was set in the future, in the year 2045. Kenan Thompson detailed just how modern civilization came to an end — all beginning with that VMA performance.
Vanessa Bayer trotted out her awesome Miley impression, while Jay Pharoah (freed from having to play Obama) did a dead-on Will Smith:
Then, Cyrus continued to make fun of the VMAs hullabaloo in her short but sweet monologue, promising not to twerk. “Now that white people are doing it, it seems kind of lame,” she snarked. And it was all capped off with a shot of Bobby Moynihan, naked, on a wrecking ball:
All in all, Cyrus proved herself a capable host. Here are the best and worst sketches of the night: