Scarlett Johansson joined the five-timers club when she hosted “Saturday Night Live” on March 11. She proved her comic mettle throughout the laugh-filled show, particularly in a spoof of first daughter Ivanka Trump. After Alec Baldwin kicked off the show as president Donald Trump, the actress appeared as his beloved daughter to introduce her new fragrance, “Complicit.”
As she smoldered for the camera, the voice-over said, “She’s a woman who knows what she wants, and knows what she’s doing.” It continued reeling off her accomplishments: “A feminist. A champion. An advocate for women.” It then referenced the low point for the presidential campaign — “probably should have bounced after that whole Access Hollywood bus thing” — before concluding with the zinger, “Complicit. A fragrance for the woman who could stop all this, but won’t.”
Two others have tried to capture the essence of Ivanka this season, but neither came as close to Johannson with their takes. Margot Robbie played Ivanka as a simpering sycophant in the season premiere last October while cast member Vanessa Bayer tried her hand as well but has not done so since the election.
In her opening monologue, Johannson referenced the fact that this was her fifth time hosting and Kenan Thompson came out to fete her feat with a highlight reel of her first four turns as emcee. However, it was all about him in the clips. Kate McKinnon joined them to make merry as well, even having them sing the five-timers theme song. While this was all well and good, it would have been nice to see others already in this elite group — such as Tom Hanks and Steve Martin — welcome in Johansson as they had done with Justin Timberlake.
The actress was a standout in the sketch of the evening, one in which she discovers her dog is a Trump supporter. Worried that her pooch has a penchant for the president, she hooks him to a device so that she can hear his thoughts. However, she soon wishes she hadn’t as Max spews forth a stream of conservative consciousness.
Johannson also shone in the other spoof ad of the evening, a takedown of Olive Garden. Beck Bennett narrated the commercial, which highlighted the type of people who patronize such an establishment. Johansson was the equal of scene stealer Leslie Jones with her mugging.
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