Tonight marked the night when Girls star Lena Dunham went on saturday Night Live to prove whether or not she actually had comedic chops or was just product of the show she created. While we saw an obligatory Girls parody, Dunham actually stepped into her own on SNL and likely won over some new fans in the process.
Given the insane hipster quality that Girls has, Dunham has gained herself plenty of detractors over the few short years she’s been famous, but her duties as host of SNL this week were surprisingly outstanding as she was able to both channel her inner quirk as well as step outside of that an embrace some character acting.
Many people confuse Hannah from Girls with how Dunham actually acts — and that’s because they’re ferociously similar. But when Dunham stepped into characters that were more enthusiastic and more flamboyant than Hannah, it was refreshing to see and helped the show work tonight.
Not every sketch hit, but Dunham’s natural quirk helped some of the more off-the-wall late night sketches work better than usual. The best sketch of the night was probably the sketch in which Dunham took a back seat while Mike O’Brien played a Men’s Rights Activist who was trying to hide the fact that he had defeated Women’s Rights Group causes while he sits in a room full of women.
That’s not a knock on Dunham either, as her taking a backseat on the sketch showed that she can shine even in a role that isn’t front and center. While she wasn’t the best host of the night, her performance brought back feelings had after the Drake show where we went in with low expectations but came out thoroughly surprised with what we saw.
You may not have been a fan of Dunham before SNL and she still may not be your favorite TV star, but she at least earned mad respect for her hosting duties tonight.