Dakota Johnson Skits Saturday Night Live
Dakota Johnson is the daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, if you didn’t know–they even made an awkward cameo during her monologue. She’s also the star of one of the most talked about movies this year, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Big props to Dakota for being game to laugh at herself and her terrible movie on SNL. I wouldn’t exactly call her a great comic actress, though, which didn’t make for a particularly strong episode. Here are a few of the best skits.
Giuliani Cold Open
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (Taran Killam) reflects on how he ended up going from a potential presidential candidate to a guest on The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson (Vanessa Bayer) with help from Birdman (Beck Bennett). Basically a send up of Birdman.
Dakota Johnson Monologue
Host Dakota Johnson discusses starring in Fifty Shades of Grey and how she was conceived the night mom Melanie Griffith hosted SNL in 1988. I wonder if that’s actually a true story?
Father Daughter Ad
After her graduation from high school, a father (Taran Killam) must let his daughter (Dakota Johnson) go … join ISIS. So I guess this is actually a thing? Teenagers joining ISIS? In any case this skit is sure to make some folks feel that the show crossed a line.
UPDATE: The twitter reaction to the skit was mostly negative. Taran, however, stands by the skit.
Proud of this. Freedom to mock is our greatest weapon. Thanks to the writers who asked not to be mentioned by name. https://t.co/FjdX9xGewX
— taran killam (@TaranKillam) March 1, 2015
Say What You Wanna Say
Five women (Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Dakota Johnson, Aidy Bryant, Leslie Jones) stop holding back and start telling the truth, just like Sara Bareilles would want them to. Honesty is the best policy!
Dakota Johnson fields questions from fourth grader Peter (Kyle Mooney) during the Fifty Shades of Grey press junket.
Mr. Riot Films
The latest production from Mr. Riot Films explores bullying and why no one does anything to stop it. Hilarious parody of youtube culture. My favorite bit of the night.
Weekend Update: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
81-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Kate McKinnon) stops by to say she may be the oldest justice on the bench but she’s not the closest to death. This is pretty great, because Kate McKinnon.
Weekend Update: Kanye West Apologizes
Kanye West (Jay Pharoah) raps an apology about everything from the escaped llamas to giving daughter North a directional name. Mocking Kanye never gets old, because he constantly supplies the material.
When Dr. Thomas (Kenan Thompson) is called into work on his day off, he surprises his staff (Dakota Johnson) and his patient (Taran Killam) by showing up dressed as Worf from Star Trek. Not a great skit, but there was an in memoriam card for Leonard Nimoy at the end. A pretty lame tribute, but it’s not like they had a lot of time to put something together.