No F-bombs this time around.
No F-bombs this time around.
Text: Brooke Kushwaha
This past Saturday, V122 cover star Kristen Stewart hosted Saturday Night Live for the second time ever. If you don't remember, the last time Stewart headed the live comedy show, she accidentally dropped an F-bomb on stage and impressed naysayers with her comedic chops. This time around, Kristen kept her language clean and played up her image as an alt heartthrob. There were sex clubs. There were hungry jurors. There was paint. Here are Kristen's best moments from SNL this past week:
1. The Tell-All Monologue
Rather than opening up the door to another slip-up, Kristen wisely decided to field questions from the audience for her monologue. Except this time, she'd be asking the audience the questions. She wants to know her viewers' relationships with their parents, and how they're really doing. The sketch hits its high point when Kristen tells cast member Pete Davidson that she already knows too much about him, and he should try sharing less.
2. Duolingo for Talking to Children
Face it: children can be difficult to talk to. Kristen Stewart, for all her layers of adult cool, is the perfect actress to pitch a language-learning program for how to gas up her friends' kids and listen to their endless, meandering anecdotes. The real punchline of the ad, however, was the throwaway line for Duolingo's other new program: Talking to Your Dad.
3. Corporate Nightmare
Kristen Stewart has always been a bit of a punk, but the SNL digital short "Corporate Nightmare" plays up her rock n' roll edge to an extreme degree. For a show known for its live comedy, SNL has always stood out for its digital music sketches, especially during the days of Lonely Island. While she's no Andy Samberg, Kristen perfectly captures the highs and lows of the corporate ladder, whether you hate your boss or want to be him one day.
4. New Paint
The "New Paint" sketch went off in a wonderfully absurd direction. What began as an innocent question on home decor turned into Beck Bennett and Aidy Bryant's domestic drama masterpiece. Stewart played the relatively demure newlywed in an increasingly off-the-rails sketch about the cost of high-quality paint. We'll be pronouncing "colour" wrong for weeks to come.
While these moments stood out as the best of the best of the night, several sketches deserve honorable mention: "A Proposition," in which Stewart plays an awkward pansexual at a sex club, unsuccessfully seducing a disinterested couple. Kate McKinnon's cold open as Elizabeth Warren, while not including Stewart, also plays to all of McKinnon's strengths as a political impersonator, with solid writing and just the right amount of winking enthusiasm. A few sketches fell truly flat, with confusing premises and elusive punchlines, including "Rosie the Riveter" and "Hero Dog Press Conference." All in all, Stewart's second time hosting proved fruitful, if a bit less scandalous than her last stint.