‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: The Best and Worst of Natasha Lyonne’s Hosting Debut

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: The Best and Worst of Natasha Lyonne’s Hosting Debut
Saturday Night Live’s” 47th season was an interesting experiment, with the majority of hosts being first-timers. This choice led to a much-needed freshness for the sketch comedy institution, and it all wrapped up with “Russian Doll” creator and star Natasha Lyonne in that first-timer hot seat.

Host: Natasha Lyonne

Now, despite Lyonne’s first-timer status as an “SNL” host, as she made clear in her opening monologue, the people at “SNL” were already her chosen family. Not only had she gone to “SNL” all the time as a New York teen, but she’d also had a long romantic relationship with Fred Armisen — which just ended last year — and was friends with people like him, Maya Rudolph, and Amy Poehler (who she’d co-created “Russian Doll” with).

And also despite Lyonne being a capital-a “Actress,” it was an interesting choice that — after Armisen and Rudolph gave their Lyonne impressions,
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