So much seemed to be riding on Lindsay Lohan’s guest-hosting appearance on “Saturday Night Live” that you could almost feel sorry for her.
And sure enough, on the day after (on Sunday), critics came out of the woodwork to pass judgement on everything from her comedy skills (and whether she still possessed any) to the way she looked. One plastic surgeon quoted in the New York Post on Sunday declared that Lindsay’s face looked like “a dead fish.” Ouch! Really, doctor?
The “dead fish” insult was uncalled-for, but the scrutiny is understandable since Lindsay, who’s just 25, has had so many misadventures in the past few years (including court appearances for lingering substance abuse problems and her alleged theft of jewelry, which she tried on and then left the store with — allegedly).
As a result, her appearance on “SNL” was billed as the first stop in some sort of comeback campaign. And on the day after, everyone’s asking: How’d she do? Or more to the point: How’s the comeback working out for her (so far)?
Well, as we like to do at such times, we’ll paraphrase the Fox News Channel slogan here: We’ll report, you decide. Or, to put it another way, we’ll show some of her sketches right here and you can decide for yourself whether or not Lindsay was able to jumpstart a comeback Saturday night on NBC.
While it might seem like a little out of order, we’ll save her opening monologue for later because this first clip is the one getting most of the attention on Sunday morning. It’s Lindsay and some of the “SNL” cast members in a spoof of the Bravo “Real Housewives” franchise — “The Real Housewives of Disney.”
Lindsay’s opening monologue contained multiple comedic references to her various tribulations, with Kenan Thompson coming on stage to check if her pupils were dilated and Kristen Wiig turning an affectionate hug into an opportunity to frisk Lindsay (for weapons, stolen property, whatever). Jimmy Fallon even came on to blatantly make the case for Lindsay’s rehabilitation (of her public image — not the other kind of rehab). Of course, “SNL” had a backup plan in case Lindsay faltered: Jon Hamm!
Now this next sketch is the kind of thing that people will talk about for a number of reasons. It’s a “Scared Straight” spoof that goes beyond “Scared Straight” to deliver all sorts of mixed messages to three juveniles who have been stealing bicycles. In the sketch, the two experienced criminals on hand to lecture these delinquents are Kenan Thompson, playing a convict, and Lindsay Lohan, playing herself.
Here’s what to watch out for: For one thing, this sketch is very adult — in the context of comedy, of course, but it gets into subjects and language that won’t conform to everybody’s taste. And then there’s something else that’s interesting to observe: Lindsay appears to be reading from off-screen cue cards. This seems especially obvious when she delivers a speech that references her old movies such as “Herbie: Fully Loaded,” “Freaky Friday” and “Mean Girls.” When you get to that part, notice how her eyes are looking off to the side, over Andy Samberg’s shoulder, instead of addressing him directly.
And on the subject of Kenan Thompson: We continue to be incredibly impressed with this guy’s talent week after week on “SNL.” We wonder how long “SNL” can keep him around before he goes on to even more lucrative work on his own.
Delinquency was the topic of another sketch in which Lindsay played the boss of a gang of teen-aged bad girls (one of whom was played by Fred Armisen) from the 1950s.
This next bit doesn’t feature Lindsay Lohan, but if you watch it, you’ll know why we’re posting it here. It’s “SNL” cast member Bobby Moynihan as Snooki, joining Seth Meyers on “Weekend Update” (as “Snooki” often does). This time, the Snook was on “Update” to talk about her pending blessed event (that’s old-school lingo for “pregnancy”) and to reveal the lucky baby’s dad. You’ll be amazed at who that turns out to be!