Gabourey Sidibe hosting SNL completed her stunning rise to fame. The Gabourey Sidibe SNL show came months after an Oscar nomination for her film debut. But since the movie was Precious, it wasn’t the average movie debut. She broke out as a depressed, abused, sullen, poverty stricken youth, but then worked overtime to show it was just a movie. Since then, she has been so bubbly in interviews and appearances, people are shocked that it’s the same girl who played Precious. But the Gabourey Sidibe SNL episode gave her a chance to surprise those people again.
The opening monologue/song was completely devoted to that trend, as Sidibe reassured those who thought she really was depressed. She then reassured them for 75 more minutes with wacky bits and characters. The first of those was a Jamaican nurse in the latest Suze Orman parody, although she stumbled over her accent at the start.
The Gabourey Sidibe SNL show also had her strangle stumbling guest host Steve Harvey on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” and dispense wisdom as a ‘crazy lady’ on a stoop. In addition, she lent her voice to talking alarm clocks with entrepreneur Tina Tina Cheneuse, and participated in a crazy digital ‘Cherry Battle’ with Andy Samberg.
In other bits, the Gabourey Sidibe SNL episode took another shot at President Obama’s alleged weakness, as he couldn’t convince the banking industry to allow reform. On Weekend Update, Judy Grimes’ latest “Just Kidding” mumblings involved the Icelandic volcano, and they even let writer John Mulaney come on to protest the lack of year-round Girl Scout cookies.
This was the last show in April, before the show takes a brief two week break. But the Gabourey Sidibe SNL installment was a mere prelude to May sweep, and to the biggest event of the year. After massive Internet pressure, Betty White is finally hosting on May 8, along with Jay-Z and several other funny women of SNL. The buildup already began with ads promoting White last night, so it will be a long two weeks ahead for her followers.
As for Sidibe, the SNL appearance was her first official comedy performance, but it won’t be her last. She will next appear on Showtime’s upcoming comedy series “The C Word” as her career now moves into the post-Precious, post uncomfortable drama phase.
The Gabourey Sidibe SNL episode leaves the show with just three episodes left this year. After White’s outing on May 8, the countdown to the end of Season 35 will begin in earnest.
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