“I love being happy. I’m not Precious,” actress Gabourey Sidibe crooned
cheekily during her monologue as host of this week’s “Saturday Night
Live,” featuring musical guest [artist id="2552793"]MGMT[/artist].
The Academy Award-nominated star of [movie id="415966"]“Precious: Based on the Novel
‘Push’ by Sapphire”[/movie] took to the Studio 8H stage to perform a
doo-wop-style opening number, making light of the confusion between her
and the downtrodden character she portrays in the film. “Movies are not
real life. That’s something you should know,” she sang, adding, “Mariah
Carey doesn’t have a mustache.”
The 26-year-old then sped through a hodgepodge of largely loud-mouthed
and irritated characters. She donned dreadlocks to play a Jamaican
nurse hawking a heal-thyself manual opposite Kristen Wiig’s Suze Orman.
She yelled at kids on her front stoop as an elderly, know-it-all
neighbor whose daddy used to sell “Wikipedias.” And she competed at the
“2010 Public Employee of the Year Awards” as a surly St. Louis DMV
Sidibe also teamed up with
/">Andy Samberg, with whom she appeared in promos earlier in the
week, for the Digital Short “Cherry Battle.” The pair, clad in Obi-Wan
Kenobi-style getups, spit cherries at each other in slow motion.
Brooklyn-based MGMT performed
two songs off their recently released sophomore album, Congratulations. First up
was “Flash Delirium,” a tune the band released digitally March 9 to
tease the new album. They followed that up with “Brian Eno,” an ode to
the British musician and producer.
“It’s kind of a vampire-punk-rock song about finding Brian Eno in like
a cathedral in Transylvania,” singer Andrew VanWyngarden told href="http://nymag.com/arts/popmusic/features/61880/"
target="_blank">New York magazine last year. “He’s like a
dark wizard. We originally asked him to produce the track, but he
hadn’t heard of us.”
The band is currently on tour and will play at May’s Sasquatch festival
The next new episode of “SNL” airs May 8 with host Betty White and musical guest Jay-Z
. The “Golden
Girls” star landed her hosting gig thanks to a fervent Facebook
campaign launched earlier this year encouraging producer Lorne Michaels
to have White on the show.