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Politics, Self-Satire & Miley Cyrus On SNL

by Erin Darling 7 October 2013 No Comment E-mail Erin Darling

We haven’t seen Miley Cyrus make too much use of her comedy chops since her Disney days on “Hannah Montana” but if her performance as host of last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live is any indicator, she’s definitely still got ‘em. And even though she made sure to clear up that we wouldn’t be seeing any twerking, or talking about Hannah Montana in her opening monologue, we did get a series of self-aware sketches, as she took the stage as the show’s host, and musical guest.

Thanks to a recent breakup, a series of racy photoshoots, and a very controversial VMA performance, it seems like Miley Cyrus can’t stop finding her way into the headlines. Although we’ve seen various media outlets treat these incidents as if they were the end of the world, Miley proved that she’s got a sense of humor about it all.

Miley kicked off the show with a self-parodying post-apocalyptic sketch that traced the end of America back to the 2013 VMA’s. The sketch featured future-Miley played by Vanessa Bayer warning the real Miley not to go through with her sexed up VMA performance, but to no avail. The sketch was heightened SNL actor Taran Killam showed up as Robin Thicke, asking Miley if she was read to hit the stage and grind up on his nether regions.

As they say, “the rest is history.”

The parody sketches didn’t stop there. Next up Miley starred as Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in “We Did Stop” a scandalous take on her own song and music video for “We Can’t Stop” which featured the SNL cast as high profile members of the Republican party having a rager celebrating the government shut down. Miley’s Bachmann wore only a blazer, booty shorts, and an exposed bra, while actor Taran Killam played a scantily clad John Boehner, dressed in a wife beater and undies.

And yes, there was booty-shaking, pool-jumping, and quite a few “bills in the house like we don’t care.”

Other sketch highlights included Miley asa very low-stakes Scarlett Johansson in an audition for the upcoming “50 Shades Of Grey” movie, a jaded morning news anchor, and an angsty high school student who hits on her teacher with a seductive haiku.

And although we didn’t get any Hannah Montana sketches, we did see Miley as a cheerleader wearing a very familiar wig…

In between sketches, Miley took the stage to perform two live songs from her fourth studio album, “Bangerz.”

First up, Miley slipped into a black, see-through, oversized jersey for her latest single, “Wrecking Ball” and later, changed into her second see-through outfit of the night, a white mesh jumpsuit, for an acoustic performance of “We Can’t Stop.” Miley hit the stage sans band, only accompanied by three guitarists, pulling off what few thought she could (or would)…a relatively tame performance of her party anthem that begs the following question…

Is Miley Cyrus finally really to focus on showcasing her talent?

We at THEPOPFIX can only hope so, because if her SNL performances prove anything, it’s that Miley Cyrus doesn’t need to twerk, grind, or molest a foam finger to put on an entertaining show.

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