Lindsay Lohan returned to host Saturday Night Live this weekend for the third time with nothing to promote besides her own return to the public spotlight. Based on her nervous, awkward presence, though, maybe should have stayed in the shadows awhile longer, especially since Jon Hamm was on hand to act as a backup host. Sure his presence was supposed to be a gag, but we couldn't help but think how much better some of the sketches would have been had they featured the Man Men star instead of the former mean girl. Here are the skits that would have been instantly improved by the addition of some prime Hamm.
The Real Housewives of Disney
This was hands down the night's best sketch and it wasn't because of Lohan, who was a disappointingly dull Rapunzel. They should have deep-sixed the long-haired bottle blonde and made room for Hamm -- who, let's face it, is the spitting image of a Disney prince anyway -- as a newly single Price Eric from The Little Mermaid whose got something going on with both Abby Elliott's Belle and Kristen Wiig's Cinderella. Bonus points if they had managed to nab a cameo from red-headed fox Julianne Moore as Ariel.
Here's how you knew that the night wasn't going well for Lohan -- she couldn't even play herself convincingly. Brought in alongside fellow Scared Straight representative Lorenzo McIntosh to frighten a trio of punks into reforming their ways, the badly-behaving actress was so stiff and uncomfortable that she wouldn't have been able to scare a first-time shoplifter straight. Honestly, we've never been huge fans of this recurring skit, so Hamm along might not have been enough to improve it, but at least he would have played the weak material with more gusto than Lohan did.
Delinquent Teen Girl Gang
A spoof of late '50s/early '60s teensploitation flicks that doesn't feature a period-appropriate cameo appearance by Don Draper's alter ego? Talk about a missed opportunity. Sure Hamm may look a little too aged at this point to pass as a teenager, but then again, so does Lohan.
Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan were actually pretty funny as a rowdy pair of early, early Morning Zoo hosts on a podunk Minnesota radio station -- in fact, we wouldn't mind seeing this become a recurring skit for the duo. ("Mad props to fleece," indeed.) We also liked Vanessa Bayer as the unamused news reader Karen a.k.a. MC Jigglebutt. But Lohan's illiterate intern character fell completely flat. Get Hamm in there as a small-town Baba Booey and you've got the right ingredients to make this sketch really sing.
And for an example of why we're so high on Hamm as an SNL presence, just check out his brief Weekend Update appearance as Snooki's baby daddy, which yielded the night's single funniest line reading ("All I want to do is love you and you won't let me!") He's coming back to host for real when Mad Men debuts at the end of the month, right?
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