Lady Gaga hosts ‘Saturday Night Live’
November 17, 2013
Lady Gaga played her future self while Kenan Thompson played a building superintedent who didn’t recognize her.
Playing a senior citizen version of herself, the pop star was shown living alone without the worldwide recognition she enjoys today.
To her dismay the building’s superintendent, played by Kenan Thompson, did not realize who she was and not even the Grammys covering her piano jogged his memory.
She sang bits and pieces of her former hits including “Born This Way,” but still couldn’t garner any applause from the “SNL” mainstay.
The senior Lady Gaga plays music on her piano, which is covered with Grammy awards. Still, she gets no applause.
Gaga, 27, is often criticized for her undeniable thirst for superstardom and getting the attention of the public by any means necessary.
As a first-time host of the sketch comedy show, she opened by spoofing these criticisms by milking the audiences applause.
“Yay! Give it up for New York,” she yelled to a round of cheers.
“There are two kinds of applause, the kind you earn or cheap applause, which you get by pandering to the audience and saying things like, ‘Give it up for New York,'” she continued. “I am a fan of both and you know what, I wrote a song about it.”
Lady Gaga hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ on Nov. 17, her first stint as a host on the show.
Gaga then launched into a comical version of her single “Applause” off the “Artpop” album.
“I’ll take your cheap applause, applause, applause,” she sang while dancing.
She continued gaining kudos by calling “for the ladies” and those from “out of town.”
The “Poker Face” singer even included “ending childhood obesity” as a way to get audience praise.
R. Kelly joins Lady Gaga on stage during her appearance on ‘SNL.’
Gaga concluded her opening performance with her own version of the classic “New York, New York,” singing about how it’s been a dream of hers to host “SNL” and now she had finally touched down on the legendary stage.
The episode also included sketches joking about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who was regarded as a “Patriot, hero, role model” by “60 Minutes'” Lara Logan (played by Kate McKinnon).
There was even an anti-depressant advertisement aimed at politicians, which showed President Barack Obama (played by Jay Pharoah) trying to battle through the harsh criticisms he’s suffered during his second term.
“You’ll feel like you’re giving a speech on a college campus in 2008, or getting Bin Laden all over again,” the ad for Paxil – Second Term Strength indicated.
Gaga closed with a performance of “Do What U Want” featuring R. Kelly.
By Zayda Rivera / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS