Did you watch “Saturday Night Live’s” salute to Adam Lambert this weekend?
Host James Franco ended his monologue by saying this was going to be “the best Christmas show ever.” And apparently the show’s writers decided adopting some of Lambert’s moves would ensure — if nothing else — it was one of the most talked about.
They began with a sketch premise I first saw used with guest host Paul Rudd — the extremely affectionate family. In this version, Franco brings home his girlfriend for the holidays, and she gets to watch him mouth kiss his mom, dad, brother, grandfather, and UPS man over and over and over again. The sketch really hit a high note when Franco slipped his grandpa some tongue.
It’s a funny bit. But it was interesting to watch in the post-Adam Lambert debacle era. So, Adam, here’s what we have learned: It’s okay to kiss a boy on television if a) it’s late night and b) the two guys doing it are straight.
A bit later in the show, SNL brought back another freaky segment: Vincent Price’s Christmas Special. It had a great lineup of celebrity impressions — Kristen Wiig’s spot-on Kate Hepburn; Franco’s tortured James Dean; and Fred Armisen’s Liberace. And, Adam, did you see? — Liberace went down on James Dean at the piano bench! People laughed and laughed — no outrage in the media — I’ve checked.
So, Adam — here is my message to you: you need to be a guest host on “Saturday Night Live.” All the stuff you did on the American Music Awards that got you in so much trouble will be considered awesome humor in late night.
The big question is — are the writers and cast members brave enough to go there with you?