Emily Blunt hit the stage of Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center last night to make her hosting debut on “Saturday Night Live”, and in her opening monologue delivered a cheery rendition of Judy Garland’s “Get Happy” that included handing out cookies and adorable puppies to the audience to get everyone’s minds off the trainwreck presidential election currently underway in the U.S.
Speaking of the election, the wife of the Republican nominee was front and centre in a hilarious spoof of Beyonce’s “Lemonade” — titled “Melaniade”, of course — that depicted Melania, Ivanka and the other women in the Trump family finally hitting the breaking point thanks to The Donald’s behaviour.
Melania was also featured in the latest edition of what’s become a recurring bit this season, “Melania Moments”, with Mrs. Trump desperate to bust out of her Fifth Avenue prison in Trump Tower in order to get a glimpse of some sand.
Blunt spoofed her own British-ness in a sketch that mocked U.K. telly hit “The Great British Bake-Off”.
In addition, Blunt played a food-serving robot at a trade show who is a little too eager to unload some “ooey-gooey, yummy, yummy delicious quesadillas.”
This week’s Weekend Update featured some more barbs aimed at Donald Trump and the avalanche of women accusing him of inappropriate sexual behaviour, as well as a return appearance from Russian Olya Povlatsky (Kate McKinnon).
In what be her strangest, and possibly greatest acting achievement to date, Blunt lends pathos and drama to the role of a bathroom sink:
A Burger King drive-thru becomes a weird odyssey for an employee faced with a party bus full of weirdos, none of whom can figure out what they want to order.
A woman regrets attending the premiere screening of a short film when she realizes she’s the only one in attendance who’s not part of the cast, which becomes more than a little awkward during the Q&A session.
A hamster cage meets “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in this bizarre sketch about disgruntled pets.
In this faux commercial, women react to a clothing store named “Chonk”.
A pair of guys plan to lose their virginity by hiring escorts, who have some… let’s call them “interesting” ground rules.
Tune in next week when Tom Hanks returns as host, joined by musical guest Lady Gaga. “Saturday Night Live” airs Saturdays at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also watch full episodes and individual sketches online.