Hosts of SNL seem to fall into a handful of different buckets. There’s the “young star of the moment” bucket that typically includes a mailed-in performance that comes with several belated pot shots from the cast. Then there’s the “veteran host” bucket, where you know what you’re getting and it’s usually a baseline level of fairly decent. There’s also the “first-time host brimming with energy” which is either the perfect blend of exuberance and excitement or way over-the-top (and not in the cool Stallone arm wrestling movie, sorry, arm wrestling classic type way) and kind of annoying.
Tiffany Haddish hosted this week, marking the first time a female African-American, stand-up comedian woman graced the stage as hosted, and she was brimming with confidence and energy.
Lucky for all of us, she was awesome.