Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dances His Way Through SNL Monologue (VIDEO)
I haven’t watched “Saturday Night Live” in quite a while. Years, actually. It’s just not good anymore. But, this past Saturday, Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosted. He makes me as giddy as a school girl. I watched. But, even a brilliant (and handsome) young actor like JGL couldn’t pull the show out of it’s un-funny slump. Except, that is, for his opening monologue. It was genius! I was blown away!
In interviews leading up to his appearance on the venerable late-night sketch comedy show, the actor had talked about the ideas he had come up with for his monologue, excited to give his input. The finished product was the song-and-dance number “Make ‘em Laugh” taken from the classic musical Singing in the Rain. And it was genius! Did I say that already? I’m biased, no doubt. JGL’s smile makes me blush. But, his physicality (Hello! He did back flips off the walls) and commitment to such an over-the-top monologue was brilliant. He didn’t stand on stage and do some mildly-amusing speech about himself or tabloid gossip — although he did open with some very funny self-deprecating zingers. His monologue was a Broadway performance. If that ain’t charisma and talent, I don’t know what is.
Please, watch it. I beg you. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is, without a doubt, one of his generations finest actors. I can’t say enough about him. Please, watch his monologue. You’ll see what I’m talking about. With that said, not even his brilliant performance could save the rest of the show. SNL is still sinking, with or without a talented host like JGL. But his monologue, man, that was something else!