On Saturday, the biggest news was that Eddie Murphy was coming back to host Saturday Night Live after more than 35 years away. The Prodigal Son returns! Sure, that’s exciting and all (and he was *chef’s kiss* perfection), but can we admit that we were a bit more hyped for musical guest Lizzo? And we’re not the only ones. Watching the show in its entirety, it was quite obvious that the entire cast, including Eddie Murphy himself, were pumped by the presence of our Queen.
Eddie couldn’t even get through the opening monologue without being reminded that, yeah, she’s kind of a big deal. Joined by fellow Studio 8H legends Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and Dave Chappelle on stage, Eddie asked, “Chris Rock, what are you doing here?” to which Rock, ever the honest man, deadpanned, “Come on, man, I wouldn’t miss this for the world. My kids love Lizzo.”
Same. Could you step aside Eddie? You’re blocking our view of Lizzo.
When our buxom babe finally took the stage, she proved it’s near impossible for her to disappoint. First up was her big hit, “Truth Hurts” and wooo child, can we just point out how sexy she looked as she bounced about the stage in a Burberry coat with a festive holiday stripe up both flanks. Compare and contrast that to Eddie Murphy dressed up as the taciturn Gumby. Who would you prefer at your Christmas party? Actually, the answer is “both.” Can we have both?
Speaking of Gumby, even whilst in character, Murphy could not stop Lizzo-gushing between her performances. During the Weekend Update segment, Gumby came out and yelled, “I like that singer, uh, what’s-her-tush?” When Lizzo twerks, it is a bit mesmerizing, so fair enough, Gumby.
“You mean Lizzo?” Colin Jost asked.
“Yeah, hubba-hubba I like her! She’s a real beauty.” Gumby, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
For her second performance, of course she couldn’t do any other song than “Good as Hell,” and she did it with a positive message and a holiday twist. As the first chords rang out, Lizzo called out to the studio 8H audience, and everyone watching at home, “Be kind to each other! But most of all, be good to yourself!” Yas Queen yaaaaas. To make the song a bit more festive, jingle bells were added to the beat and the backup dancers were dressed like sexy elves in revealing holiday-wrapping spandex.
Did you catch the photographic still that splashed across the screen before Eddie Murphy introduced her? It was Lizzo as the Statue of Liberty dressed in black, which she later pointed out in a tweet was actually a throwback. When Lizzo was a struggling musician, she had to dress like Lady Liberty and spin signs on the street for a tax company. Now she rules SNL. “Don’t stop. We need you. Your time is coming,” she wrote to all the struggling musicians working their way up like she did. Our Queen inspires as well as dazzles!