Sarah Silverman made her triumphant return to Saturday Night Live last night. This time, Silverman played host, after her first gig as a member of the ensemble cast. True to form, Sarah was best when she was allowed to simply riff on her own.
As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the most laugh out loud moments in Silverman’s performance were during her opening monologue. Sarah walked off the stage and sat in an audience member’s lap while talking about her experiences 20 years ago. SNL has a long history of planting a cast member in the audience, but this appeared to be a real person who had no idea Silverman would be landing in his lap.
Saturday Night Live is in it’s second week of the new season, and the show appears to be picking up more laughs than it was getting at the end of last season. Of course, there are always going to be bumps in the road as the season goes on.
There was some talk of Sarah carrying the show quite well, but also talk about the disappearance of Pete Davidson after a banner first week. There were some good moments from last night, including a very odd fake advertisement starring Sarah Silverman for The Fault in Our Stars 2.
The sketch for a fake unpopular soap opera Supportive Women won points with viewers as well. As noted before, the best part of the show was when Silverman was able to simply do her thing and play off her outrageous personality. Sarah’s return to the show comes during a different atmosphere surrounding the show. Silverman first worked on the show during the 1990s. That period of time has been noted as being especially aggressive against women.
The lack of support female cast members seen during Sarah’s time could have been one of the reasons the incredibly talented comedian didn’t last. Silverman has made quite the career for herself, mainly taking on the character she portrays so flawlessly. Sarah makes her bones by being outrageous, and sitting in the lap of someone in the audience certainly falls into that range.
The actress and comedian has made quite the career for herself since she left SNL 20 years ago, and it had to feel good strutting her stuff at the place where she was once told her she wasn’t wanted or needed. While the episode itself wasn’t one of the best, it appears Sarah Silverman was a hit.