TV Club: Saturday Night Live: “Scarlett Johansson/Wiz Khalifa”

“I’m not an actor, I’m a [movie/TV/Broadway/sort-of recording] star!”

Scarlett Johansson has now hosted SNL four times—which was a surprise when I looked her up to see if she’d ever hosted before. She has, of course—she’s only one return away from joining the Five-Timer’s Club, for crying out loud—but even though I realized I’d seen every one of her three previous appearances (her last was in 2010), they’d all drifted out of memory. Which isn’t to say that Johansson’s a bad host—here, as ever, she was game, professional, and thoroughly acceptable. If she didn’t burn the show down with electricity, she was more than serviceable.

The use of musical number as crutch in the monologue has gone past cliché, but not far enough so it’s come around as funny again. At least …

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