Pharrell Williams may have been the musical guest in this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” episode, but host Anna Kendrick stole the spotlight, carrying a ditty during her opening monologue and then keeping the tunes coming through sketches that included ’90s raps and childhood favorite Disney songs.
She Really Is A Funny Girl
Kendrick opened the evening so excited to host she could only truly express her feelings through song. Expanding on her musical-theatre background, the “Pitch Perfect” star launched into her own version of the classic “Little Town” from “Beauty and the Beast.” Other “SNL” castmates chimed in as she ran through a tour of the set, stopping for hair and makeup touch-ups and disturbing a distracted Lorne Michaels before the entire cast gathered onstage to belt out the final introductory notes of a what she called a “magical exciting show.”
The Dong Song
Veering from kid-approved tunes, Kendrick appeared as a hot pink fishnet-wearing ’90s vixen in a crew of other “SNL” women on an international mission. “Dongs All Over the World” put Ludacris’ hoes in different “Area Codes” to shame, as the ladies sang about their plan to do every dong in the world, from the pyramids of Giza to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Kendrick showed off her rapping skills while Icona Pop made a cameo onboard the airplane, dressed as the pilots steering the sexual conquest.
Part Of The ’SNL’ World
Kendrick went under the sea for this sketch, wearing a long red wig and mermaid fins as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid.” Aidy Bryant was a convincing Ursula, who wanted to steal Ariel’s voice, but she didn’t exactly get what she was hoping to hear. Kendrick sang a slew of Top 40 hits from pop princesses, starting with Kesha’s “We R Who We R” and reeling off Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” and Selena Gomez’s “Come And Get It” before ending with a little Iggy Azalea and “Fancy.” We’d be lying if we said we didn’t also enjoy Jay Pharoah’s appearance as Jamaican-accented crab Sebastian, who shined in his solo interpretation of Sean Paul’s “Temperature.” Aca-awesome job, Anna!